What will I study?
This 100% online degree program is composed of 33 credit hours of course work. The courses are fully aligned with the South Carolina requirements for the School District Superintendent certification; completing the degree program will qualify you to receive the Superintendent certification. If you go on to a doctoral program, program hours from this degree can generally be counted toward that program.
- 21 core hours concentrate on the various aspects of school district leadership including finance, instruction, policy, and facilities. These courses directly address the superintendency, which includes a district-based internship experience.
- 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.
Typical Course Work
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 virtual class meetings for opportunities to lecture, collaborate, discuss, and network. For detailed information on specific courses and requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.
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.