The Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision is designed for educators who hold a master's degree and wish to become advanced practitioners and school leaders. This EdS meets the needs of individuals whose career goals include licensure for advanced administrative positions in public and private schools (e.g., district administrator, building administrator).
The EdS in Administration and Supervision is a 36 semester hour program. Students take courses in their area of concentration at the specialist level (beyond the master's). The degree culminates in a practicum experience working in a school setting. Coursework that will lead toward licensure may be included as part of the degree requirements. Coursework can be completed on campus or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.
Admission to the EdS in Administration and Supervision
In addition to admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, admission to the education specialist program requires the following:
A master’s degree from an accredited institution
A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in all graduate work
A well-written statement of purpose describing the student’s background and goals as well as the importance of the degree in achieving those goals and demonstrating the applicant's writing ability
Three letters of recommendation regarding the prospective student's ability and character to succeed in the graduate degree from academic professionals
The education specialist program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.
What to Submit with Your Application
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education
Statement of purpose
Three letters of recommendation
Requirements for the EdS in Administration and Supervision
For the Education Specialist degree, students must complete the following program requirements:
A minimum of 36 semester hours of approved graduate coursework beyond the master's level (7000 or 8000 level)
Completion of a core course in administration and supervision (EDAS 8640)
An education specialist practicum experience (EDAS 7920), which may include field experiences, internships, or other professional projects
In addition, no more than six semester hours of credit from any combination of workshops (7950), problems or special topics courses (7980), and independent studies (7990) may be included in the degree program.
All coursework and requirements of the specialist degree must be taken within a six-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.
Plan of Study
A plan of study identifying the courses for the specialist degree is required after 12 credit hours, generally at the end of the first semester of full time study. The specialist plan of study must include the following within the 36 semester hour minimum:
3 credits of required core
30 credits of specialization
3 credits of education specialist practicum
Licensure or endorsement may require additional semester hours to fulfill the credential requirements as well as degree requirements.
Guide for Developing a Plan of Study
Below is a guide for developing a Plan of Study for the Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision. Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify specific courses to fulfill program requirements.
Additional hours are required to fulfill licensure requirements.
|Administration and Supervision Core||3|
|Leading Systems Change|
|Specialization in Administration and Supervision|
|Select 30 credits as approved by faculty advisor||30|
|Education Specialist Practicum||3|
|Specialist Project In Educational Administration|