COE: EdS: Education Administration
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The COE is currently accepting applications for prospective and current master’s, specialist, and doctoral students interested in a graduate research assistant or graduate teaching assistant position for the Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 academic year. Please submit your application through the Google Form or contact the program representative if you have further questions.

Become an educational leader

The University of Missouri–St. Louis can help you take the next step in your career whether you’re a teacher who wants to become a principal, a principal seeking superintendent certification or an educator who wants to grow as a leader. UMSL’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program is designed for educators who want to make a difference in their schools and in their communities. It is designed for those who want to lead.

To be admitted to the Ed.S. degree, you must already hold a master’s degree in an education related field. Students in this program can work towards initial principal or superintendent certification. The superintendent track is 100% online and is a unique collaboration with UMKC and Mizzou. This degree requires 60-credit hours, and up to half may be brought in from a previous master’s in education.

For more information, please contact one of our advisors.

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National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC SARA)

To determine if this program meets the reciprocity requirements for like state educational certification programs outside the state of Missouri, follow this link for further contact information and resources.

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5930

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1


Slide 1 Education alumna Deitra Colquitt selected for Voices of Change Writing Fellowship
Deitra Colquitt, a four-time graduate of the UMSL College of Education and co-principal at Pershing Elementary School, is one of eight educators in the United States to take part in the paid fellowship. EdSurge is matching Colquitt with an editor to chronicle her experiences as a school leader at Pershing during the 2021-22 school year. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Education alumna Paula D. Knight beginning new role as Jennings superintendent
Paula D. Knight is beginning her new role as superintendent of the Jennings School District after a 28-year career with St. Louis Public Schools. (Photo by August Jennewein)

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Vanessa Garry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Educator Preparation and Leadership in the COE at the UMSL, St. Louis, Missouri, has K-12 principal and superintendent certification. She received her Ph.D. and Ed.S. degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the UMSL. Dr. Garry teaches graduate students DDDM, leadership for equity, school law, and K-12 school administr...
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Patricia Corum, Ed.D.
Scholar in Residence

Dr. Patty Corum is an educational consultant who works with school administrators and teachers on teaching quality, focusing mostly on effective evaluations, observations and meaningful feedback.  She has worked in the urban, suburban and rural settings across the State of Missouri.  Prior to this, Dr. Corum served almost thirty years in K-12 education as Deputy ...
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Thomas Hoerr, Ph.D.
Scholar In Residence

Tom Hoerr led schools for 37 years, taught for eight years, and worked for two years as an intern in the SLPS Division of Evaluation and Research. He has written five books and 140 articles/chapters. His most recent book is The Principal As Chief Empathy Officer: Creating A Culture Where Everyone Grows. He has presented around the world on multiple intel...
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Amy Johnston,
Sr. Educational Leadership Coordinator

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.