Community Education Administration

Community Education Administration

Working in various settings (school districts, hospitals, social service agencies, government agencies, etc.) community education professionals match community resources with community needs to enhance the quality of life and promote the common good. This program will provide you with concepts and competencies in designing, implementing and evaluating educational programs in a variety of public and private educational settings. It will also provide you with an understanding of how educational, social, political and economic systems interact within communities. As a student in the Community Education Administration program, you will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the foundations of leadership
  • Understand content related to administrative practice in community education
  • Develop research skills for use in program planning, policy analysis and evaluation

What you can earn

  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)

Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)


When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms


 MA + Director of Community Education License

MA: 31

Director of Community Education License: 18


For the MA (in consultation with your advisor):

Two EDLD Foundation Courses
One EDLD Research Course
Concentration Credits
EDLD Integrative Seminar

For the Director of Community Education Licensure:

TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families
EDLD 565   Community Education Administration
EDLD 567   Community Education Clinical Practicum
EDLD 770   Professional Pre-Assessment
EDLD 801   Leadership and Organizational Theory
EDLD 836   Topics
EDLD 877   Portfolio
EDLD Elective (3 credits)

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How to Apply

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale).  If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee.

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 | Submit the supplementary materials:

  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Special Opportunities

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the area of policy reform, being inspired by change agents in microfinance or simply catching up on the latest qualitative research findings, annual events and conferences sponsored by the department of Leadership, Policy and Administration offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include continuing education units for a variety of professions.  

Real-world field experience

If your program includes a field experience element, the dedicated faculty and staff in your program will work with you to ensure that your experience will meet your interests and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time in your program, regularly scheduled meetings with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter your field.

Community Partnerships

The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working with these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.