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College of Education

Education Administration, Ed.S.

Mission of the Ed.S. Program

The Educational Leadership and Policies program will prepare you for a variety of formal and informal leadership positions at the district level.  These roles include, but are not limited to district-level leadership, district coordinators, assistant superintendent and superintendent.  You will learn to lead PK-12 school districts by engaging in critical educational praxis.  If you already hold an Advanced Certificate in Elementary or Secondary Administration, this program can lead to the Superintendent’s certification.


Goals of the Ed.S. Program

The goal of the Education Administration, Ed.S. program is to develop equity-focused, transformative leaders who:   

  • Engage in critical self-reflection 
  • Embody an ethic of community 
  • Engage in critical educational praxis 
  • Promote deep and equitable change 
  • Employ positive political skills 


What will I study? 

This 100% online degree program is composed of 33 credit hours of course work.

  • 21 core hours concentrate on various aspects of school district leadership including finance, instruction, policy, and facilities. Focusing on the goals of the program, these courses directly address the superintendency, which includes a two-semester district-based practicum.
  • 9 credit hours of course work in a cognate area.
  • 3 credit hours of research.

The program is geared toward those school leaders who aspire to work in any district-wide leadership positions and is required for those serving as a superintendent.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

The Ed.S. degree meets the requirements for School District Superintendent in South Carolina and prepares you for a variety of district-wide leadership positions. Administrators will increase their marketability for important district-level positions and be better able to address the many challenges faced by school district leaders.


Program Highlights

The eight-week course format utilizes 100% online courses. This program uses Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, which promotes interaction and collaboration similar to a traditional, face-to-face learning environment. Nationally- and state-recognized administrators from South Carolina are regular guest speakers throughout the program.

This is a highly interactive program. Our instructors employ the best in online instructional techniques and strategies including discussion boards, case studies, simulations, PowerPoint presentations, readings, and research projects. Additionally, instructors offer weekly synchronous virtual class meetings for opportunities to lecture, collaborate, discuss, and network.

For detailed information on specific courses and requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.

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