Master of Education
in Educational Business Administration

The M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration emerges in response to the critical demand for increased fiscal and ethical accountability to improve learning amid changing economic conditions on a local, national, and global scale. 

Designed for those seeking to possess or enhance business and leadership skills in an educational setting, the program blends financial and operational insight with the foundations of effective learning environments for continuous improvement and sustainable growth. Students pursuing senior administrative roles are presented with opportunities to build the expertise that will assist them in navigating educational environments and making data-driven financial and operational decisions while maximizing resources through sound business strategies and practices.

Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program leverages multiple perspectives to prepare strategic leaders for a variety of settings, including public, charter, and private schools, community colleges, and other educational institutions or learning organizations. 

Total cost at ACE

$9,250 (tuition + fees)

Compare with other institutions:

$17,325

Walden University

$25,092

Concordia University

$11,560

Western Governors University

*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2017

Tuition Details

Applications due August 17 for August 20, 2018 Term

Key Features

  • Apply principles of financial and business operations to maximize fiscal responsibility and institutional effectiveness

  • Discover ways to manage human resources and relationships to resolve conflict and support collaboration across departments and roles

  • Model leadership principles in managing financial resources, including budget planning, auditing, and reporting on institutional operations through the use of technology 

  • Create practices that promote the academic and social success of individuals and the diverse learning environments
Review official program outcomes in the Catalog.

"There were several topics I had heard of previously through professional development, but the program really took them in depth beyond what I had learned before. It’s designed to build skills and talent that you already have."

- Carla Pesce

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Focus of Study Options

Educational Entrepreneurship

Human Resources

Information Systems

School Business Official


Course Preview

Law, Labor, and Negotiations

This course establishes the legal foundation of public schooling by examining authority from constitutional through local governance. Issues related to school and public works law are examined in case studies focused on liabilities, disabilities, and facilities delivering educational services. This includes laws related to labor relationships and contract negotiations, and building and construction contracts.

Risk Management

This course develops leaders in a wide range of educational and organizational settings, who can effectively forecast and evaluate financial risks challenging their institutions. To avoid or minimize risk in a proactive manner, students learn to utilize analysis, avoidance, minimization, or elimination of undesirable threats to protect present and future organizational interests. Through the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks, students prepare to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and impact of negative events on an institution in a manner that does not detract from the institutional goals.


Department Chair

Crystal Neumann, D.B.A.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Leadership and Administration

Dr. Crystal Neumann previously worked in marketing and market research before she transitioned to higher education to work with and motivate adult learners. She has taught marketing and public relations in Germany and has worked as an administrator and instructor within higher education. Her work has been published in several journals, and she has presented at several national and international conferences.

Dr. Neumann continues to study leadership, marketing, and higher education. She enjoys being a part of every learner’s journey and seeing their growth throughout the program.


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A Note About Licensure

Graduates of programs which are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are solely responsible for determining whether they are eligible for licensure in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate. It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state.

Tuition

M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration

Total Tuition

35 semester credits x $235 per credit

$8,225

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$875 Technology & Library Fee ($25 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$1,025

Total Program Cost*

$9,250

*This is an estimate value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on the program selected, state of residence, number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission*
  • Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper-based or internet-based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the paper-based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the internet-based (iBT) Test is 80.

    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Begin the process by filling out the admissions appeal here.

Courses

The following courses are required for this program, but may not represent our complete list of requirements. For detailed courses and descriptions, see the College Catalog.

The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout, and as a result of, studies related to Educational Business Administration.

Designed to explore fiscal and budget responsibilities, this course applies budgetary principles to interpret a range of funding and valuation models, including property tax levy. By analyzing the shifts in cash flow, students consider multiple theoretical approaches to effectively manage revenue sources, expenditures, budgetary constraints, and forecasts of resources, with respect to state and federal regulations. Emphasis is placed on the budget process including the support of technology resources, facilities, and applications as it relates to reporting the management and oversight of funds and financial services.

Designed to assist leaders in gaining knowledge and experience of legal and ethical standards, this course provides opportunities for students to explore aspects of benefits and payroll administration, employment law and labor relations. Exploring the changing role of human resources, principles and strategies for gathering and communicating critical information are examined including ways to conduct job and compensation analyses, proactive planning and implementation for hiring, staff and faculty development, and resolving conflicts along with other workplace issues.

Students are prepared to appropriately apply philosophy and school business theories to the educational environment. By tracing the historic role of laws in education and government, students examine how a school culture is established through the organization's vision, mission, and goals to optimize student learning. Transparency, ethics, inclusiveness, and equity play a vital part in understanding the importance of gaining buy-in and support from employees, boards, and community members.

This course assists students in gaining the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to appropriately analyze and report organizational data to ensure quality, equitable, and informed decisions. To efficiently manage organizational needs, students examine ways to use technology to maintain, and retrieve relevant data, and prepare various documents for the purpose of maximizing resources in a variety of educational settings.

This course establishes the legal foundation of public schooling by examining authority from constitutional through local governance. Issues related to school and public works law are examined in case studies focused on liabilities, disabilities, and facilities delivering educational services. This includes laws related to labor relationships and contract negotiations, and building and construction contracts.

This course develops leaders in a wide range of educational and organizational settings, who can effectively forecast and evaluate financial risks challenging their institutions. To avoid or minimize risk in a proactive manner, students learn to utilize analysis, avoidance, minimization, or elimination of undesirable threats to protect present and future organizational interests. Through the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks, students prepare to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and impact of negative events on an institution in a manner that does not detract from the institutional goals.

Ways to develop and sustain a thriving school culture are examined through the utilization of effective communication and collaboration strategies within and beyond the community. Governance strategies for ethical and legal policies, organizational development and optimization, and decision making are covered. Students explore ways in which their ethical code protects and ensures equity, fairness, tolerance, and respect in various educational and organizational cultures.

This course focuses on establishing and maintaining the instructional vision and mission of an institution through effective use of student performance data to inform the selection of strategies and practices contributing to academic success. Through the development of district-wide initiatives and priorities, supported by effective communication, students learn to facilitate collaborative efforts, develop productive partnerships, promote academic rigor and empower leadership skills in others to create a culture of achievement.

This course enables students to become informed consumers of educational research and to develop skills to understand collecting, analyzing, organizing, interpreting, and communicated data for educational and organizational decision making. An emphasis is placed on data-mining principles students can apply to determine whether particular scientifically based research findings are trustworthy and relevant for use within complex data sets. Emphasis is placed on how action research can become a vital tool for school leaders working to improve educational business operations and activities.


Focus of Study

Student will choose a focus of study completing 9.00 semester credits. See the catalog for a list of courses offered inside each focus of study.