EdS: Education Administration
Educational Specialist in Education Administration

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Graduate students enrolled in the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program are interested in obtaining permanent certification (99 years) from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in their area of administrative expertise. The program is theory based, research driven and practitioner oriented in an effort to ensure program participants are well prepared for the expanding role of school administrators at various levels of the school and/or school district. Graduates of this program are highly qualified to hold leadership positions in schools, school district central offices, community agencies and government.

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Contact Advisor:

Office of Advising and Student Services

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937
f: (314) 516-6689
e: oasis@umsl.edu

Hours:
mon/thurs: 8:30a - 7p
tues-wed: 8:30a - 5:30p
fri: 8:30a - 5p

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1
  Certifications:
DESE Career Education Director Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for Career Administrator certification at the completion of the Education Specialist degree program in Educational Administration if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.
DESE Superintendent (Grades K-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for superintendent certification at the completion of Education Specialist degree program if you have met all state requirements and passed the Superintendent’s Exam. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor. Applicant must initiate the certification process by completing their individual profile on the DESE website. UMSL is then notified to send the recommendation and transcripts.
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Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Education Administration

The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Education Administration is a logical extension of the UMSL M.Ed. in Education Administration and is designed to prepare administrators to serve in school settings from Kindergarten to grade twelve and central office administration. The Ed.S. in Education Administration requires at least sixty (60) graduate credit hours of a planned program and may include no more than thirty-six (36) credit hours of an approved NCATE accredited master’s degree. One-half (15 credit hours) must be completed within the COE after being admitted to the Ed.S. program. As constituted, the minimum course requirements for the Ed.S. in Education Administration collaterally meets the academic standards for both Elementary and Secondary career continuous school administrator certification in Missouri. To be recommended for the Missouri School Superintendent certificate, students must complete at least a minimum of six (6) additional hours, depending on the courses taken for the Ed.S., for a total of sixty-six (66) hours above the baccalaureate.

Admission Standards

To be admitted to the Ed.S. in Education Administration program students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be admitted without qualification to the UMSL Graduate School;
  1. Have a graduate grade point average of at least 3.25 on a scale of 4.00.
  1. Have on file at least three (3) recommendations including the following: one (1) from an educator presently occupying a position equal or similar to that which the applicant aspires upon completing the Ed.S., one (1) from a university professors with direct knowledge of the applicant's graduate degree work, and one (1) from someone other than a member of the applicant's family who can comment on the applicant's character.
  1. Students already possessing a master's degree from an NCATE accredited institution may transfer those credit hours into the Ed.S. degree program; however, at least twenty-four (24) credit hours must be completed after acceptance into the program.

Degree Program

There are three (3) phases to this degree program. Phase 1.00 must be completed by students not possessing a UMSL M.Ed. in Education Administration and those wanting to transfer appropriate grade courses from other NCATE institutions. Phase 2.00 applies to those students meeting all of the requirements in Phase 1.00. There are two (2) sections to Phase 2.00--- Section 2.10 Technical Aspects of Education Administration and Section 2.20 Human Aspects of Education Administration. Courses in these two sections may be taken simultaneously. There are two (2) sections to Phase 3.00--- Section 3.10 Writing Exit Requirements and Section 3.20 Examination Exit Requirements. Both sections must be completed no sooner than one (1) semester before completing all degree requirements. Students seeking the superintendent certification must complete ten (10 specifically required courses.

Phase 1.00  Elementary and Secondary School Education Emphases

1.10 Contexts Core:
ED ADM 6201Knowledge Contexts Of Education Administration And Policy3
ED ADM 6202Social Contexts Of Education3
ED ADM 6203Political Contexts Of Education3
ED ADM 6204Economic Contexts Of Education3
ED ADM 6205Legal Contexts Of Education3
1.20 Research/Change Core:
ED REM 6707Classroom Measurement And Evaluation 13
ED ADM 6301Education Administration Policy Research 23
ED ADM 6503Organizational Change In Education3
1.30 School Specialization Core
Select 1.31 or 1.32 listed below:12
1.31 Elementary School Administration:
ED ADM 6302
Elementary School Administration
ED ADM 6401
School Staff Development And Supervision
ELE ED 6411
Curricular Issues In Early Childhood And Elementary Programs
ED ADM 6900
Internship (3 credit hours) 2
1.32 Secondary School Administration:
ED ADM 6304
Secondary School Administration
ED ADM 6401
School Staff Development And Supervision
SPEC ED 6415
The Law And Special Education
ED ADM 6900
Internship (3 credit hours) 2
Total Hours36

1

Required if student had no equivalent course at the undergraduate level

2

This course must be taken within the last nine (9) semester hours of completion of Phase 1.00

Phase 2.00

Section 2.10 Technical Aspects of Education Administration
At least 12 graduate semester hours are required from the following list of recommended courses: 112
ED ADM 6303
Middle School Administration
ED ADM 6305
School District Administration
ED ADM 6407
School Staff Development & Supervision- Special Ed Administration
ED ADM 6501
Principles Of Public School Finance In Missouri
ED ADM 6502
School Buildings And Sites
ELE ED 6411
Curricular Issues In Early Childhood And Elementary Programs
ED ADM 6315
Middle School Educational Philosophy
SEC ED 6415
The Secondary School Curriculum
SEC ED 6420
The Improvement Of Secondary School Teaching
ED ADM 6306
Special Education Administration
ED TECH 5340
Selection And Utilization Of Educational Multimedia
ED TECH 6449
Using Technology In Administration Processes
ED REM 6709Educational And Psychological Measurement3
Section 2.20 Human Aspects of Education Administration
At least 12 graduate semester hours are required from the following list of recommended courses: 112
ED ADM 6307
Integrated Curriculum For Special Education Administrators
ED ADM 6317
Supervision And The Middle School Child
ED ADM 6402
School Personnel Administration
ED ADM 6403
Problems In School Public Relations
ED ADM 6404
Collective Negotiations In Education Organizations
ED ADM 6602
Programming In Community And Adult Education
ED FND 6422
Analysis Of Educational Issues
ED PSY 6225
The Psychology Of Adolescence
ED ADM 6900
Internship (School District Level, 3 credit hours)
ED ADM 6900
Internship (Special Education Setting, 3 credit hours)
Total Hours27

1

Other courses must be approved by the student's advisor and ELAPS department chairperson.

TOTAL Education Specialist Degree in Education Administration................ 60 (inclusive of a maximum of 36 credit hours from an M.Ed. in education administration.)

Phase 3.00 Writing Exit Requirements

Section 3.10 Writing Requirements

At least two (2) months before the completion of all course work for the degree, each student must present to the ELAPS Department K-12 Regular faculty Ed.S. Writing Committee a scholarly paper on a topic approved by the student’s academic advisor. The paper submitted may be original in that it has been written especially for this requirement or it may be a more comprehensive version of a paper written for a class taken after being admitted to the Ed.S. program. The paper must conform to the writing standards found in the booklet PS K-12 Writing Requirements-Form and Style.