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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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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 & Kristel Schlemper

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

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


Slide 1 Doctoral student Tracy Smith begins tenure as principal of Ross Elementary School
In May, the Parkway School District named Tracy Ross, a master’s graduate and EdD student at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, principal of Ross Elementary School. Smith has served students in the St. Louis region for more than two decades. Over the course of her career, she has worked as an elementary school teacher in three area school districts, and also as an instructional coach and assistant principal. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Doctoral student Belinda Quimby brings servant leadership to Humboldt Academy as principal
Belinda Quimby worked in the performing arts field for several years before changing career paths and enrolling in the College of Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She’s earned two master’s degrees and an EdS and is currently pursuing an EdD. As principal, she’s working toward certifying Humboldt Academy of Higher Learning Elementary School as a School of Character. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 3 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)

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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, ...
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James Shuls, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

James V. Shuls earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, Education Economics, and the Journal of School Choice: Internationa...
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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 ...
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Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, Ph.D.
Superintendent Fellow

Dr. Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley has served as superintendent of The School District of University City since July 2016. She was previously the assistant superintendent for human resources and leadership development for the Ritenour. She is a native of St. Louis and grew up in north city. She is a graduate of Lafayette High School and has an undergr...
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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 th...
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Amy Johnston,
Sr. Educational Leadership Coordinator

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Timothy Pecoraro, Ph.D.
Superintendent Fellow

Dr. Tim Pecoraro was named superintendent of Pattonville School District in 2018. He has served on several statewide committees related to assessment and MSIP. He is currently on the executive board of the Missouri Assessment Partnership (MOAP). He arrived in Pattonville in 2001, when he was named principal of Briar Crest Elementary Schoo...
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.