Building Effective & Efficient Schools

Every school administrator has the same goal: A safe and confident learning environment for the students in their care. From associate principals in rural communities to urban district superintendents, skilled leaders are making a difference.

With an M.Ed./SLA degree from Belhaven University, you learn proven, research-based leadership and management techniques. Our experienced faculty help you navigate the theory and practice of school administration from a Christian worldview, and you apply your knowledge through engaging internships in area schools.

Each course lasts seven weeks, which means you can complete the program in as little as two years. If you have three or more years of teaching experience, take a look. Our schools need caring leaders like you.

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Why You’ll Love the M.Ed./SLA Program at Belhaven

Career Advancement

Our curriculum prepares graduates for the School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA), opening doors to leadership opportunities.

Experienced Faculty

All faculty members hold doctoral degrees and have been or are currently serving as school administrators, superintendents, principals/assistant principals, and/or other leadership positions.

Christian Worldview

You are challenged to think critically and analytically about who God is — and who you are — as we equip you to fulfill your calling to glorify God and be a blessing to the world.


The Belhaven University School of Education is approved by the Mississippi Board of Education to offer teacher education programs.

Special Discount Rate for Educators

Private, Christ-centered education at public university prices

100% Online

7-week courses, taught year-round

Successful Alumni

Belhaven graduates are working in school leadership roles across the country

140 Years of Expertise

A leader in Christian education since 1883

The Highest Standards

The M.Ed./SLA curriculum at Belhaven addresses the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards, which include:

  • Mission, Vision, and Improvement
  • Ethics and Professional Norms
  • Equity, Inclusiveness, and Cultural Responsiveness
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Community and External Leadership
  • Operations and Management
  • Building Professional Capacity

When you complete the program, you’ll be fully prepared to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment Exam (SLLA). When you pass the SSLA exam, the School of Education will recommend you for the Mississippi Administrator’s License.

The M.Ed./SLA Program: What You Need to Know

Admission Information for All Candidates

  • You must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from your undergraduate academic course work.
  • You are required to have one letter of recommendation from:
    • Your current school administrator or superintendent; AND/OR
    • A former school administrator, supervising teacher, or other professional licensed educator.
  • You must submit a completed and signed Memorandum of Understanding Form (pdf).
  • The School of Education Graduate Council may request an additional letter of explanation/appeal from an applicant and/or an on-location, phone, Zoom, or FaceTime interview.
  • Passing the SLLA test is only required for licensure. It is not a requirement for graduation.

Requirements for Mississippi Residents

Your application file needs the following documents to meet state requirements:

  • Your current and valid five-year renewable Mississippi teaching license.
  • Proof of having completed at least three years of teaching experience before making application. Ask your school principal, superintendent, or human resource office to complete your Verification of Teaching Experience Form. This form will also serve as your verification for state licensure validation.
  • To earn a Mississippi Administrator License, your internship hours must take place in a Mississippi school.

Out-of-State Candidates

  • Belhaven University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As a member, Belhaven University is authorized to offer online degree programs in NC-SARA states.
  • If you live outside Mississippi, you should confirm your state is a member of NC-SARA and confirm reciprocity with Belhaven.

Applying for admission to Belhaven’s online graduate programs is quick and easy. When you have all your supporting documentation ready, just complete and submit our online application form.

How to Apply

The program includes three capstone courses, consisting of two principal internship courses and a course requiring the successful completion of a data and reading literacy assessment.

Memorandum of Understanding

The 320-hour required Internship is incorporated as the candidate matriculates through each of the program’s courses. The candidate will be required to submit the Belhaven University School of Education Memorandum of Understanding for Principal Internship Agreement Form, signed by the School Principal of the school building in which the candidate is a teacher and is serving the internship hours:

This form will serve as indication that in addition to the candidate’s employment as a teacher, the principal of the school is willing to serve as the candidate’s Principal Mentor during the candidate’s Administration Internship hours.

Internship Requirements

  • During the Internship the candidate will be assigned a School of Education mentor along with the school’s principal serving as the school principal mentor.
  • During each course taken in the program’s plan of study, the candidate in his/her role as an intern will be required to keep a weekly log of the administrative activities, functions, and actions in order to validate intern hours.
  • Candidates will also be given an assignment related to each course in their plan of study that addresses one of the National Policy Board of Educational Administration Standards (NELP), and the Mississippi Educator & Administrator Professional Growth System Standards.
  • Candidates will be responsible for developing a portfolio of their responses to the National and State Administrator Standards. The Internship Program will culminate in the completion of Principal Internship I and II (EDU 677 and 678).

School Leaders License Assessment Exam

M.Ed./Admin candidates who desire to receive an administrative endorsement on their license must also successfully pass the School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA), as well as meet any other/additional requirements as prescribed by the Mississippi Department of Education.

  • All criteria and requirements must be met before the Belhaven University School of Education will recommend a candidate for the Mississippi Administrator’s License.
  • The fee for the SLLA test is at the candidate’s expense. (This is an Educational Testing Service (ETS) fee; it is not a Belhaven University School of Education fee.)

These rates are for August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023.

Program Per Credit Hour
Master of Education or Grad. Certificate in TESOL $595
Special Discount Rate for Educators $386

These rates are for August 1, 2023 through July 31, 2024.

Program Per Credit Hour
Master of Education or Grad. Certificate in TESOL $605
Special Discount Rate for Educators $392

All students enrolled in this program are eligible for the special discount rate for educators.

* Military/first responder benefits cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarships or discounts.

Visit the Scholarships, Tuition & Fees page to view other fees as well as the cost estimate calculator.

Meet Our Dean (School of Education)

David Hand

Education, Elementary Education


Contact Us

Office of Adult, Graduate, and Online Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932

Verse of the Year

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

Matthew 7:24