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We prepare reflective leaders.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration

The Division of Educational Administration (EDAD) offers a host of online graduate programs designed to prepare individuals for administrative and leadership positions in the K-12 and adult and higher education settings. We offer master's and educational specialist programs for school district superintendents, special education directors, curriculum directors, adult educators, and higher education administrators and classroom instructors.

We believe that reflective leaders are skilled educators whose practices and decisions draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom.  Reflective decision making engages administrators in cycles of thought and action based upon theoretical, ethical, and professional knowledge.  The Division of Educational Administration is committed to preparing reflective leaders.

Key Benefits of Our Program:

  • Flexible scheduling for working professionals
  • Small classes 
  • Highly accessible faculty and advisors
  • Graduates are sought after for employment

Program Descriptions: 

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration - School District Superintendent Specialization

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration, School District Superintendent program is designed as a post-master’s degree for practicing teachers and/or administrators in the field. The conceptual framework for this innovative and exciting online degree prepares reflective leaders who are skilled educators whose practices and decisions draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom.

Upon completion of the online Educational Administration degree, including the accompanying field-based internship, students also earn School District Superintendent licensure. Students should contact their state for specific licensure requirements.

Ed.S. in Educational Administration - School District Superintendent Degree Completion Plan

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration - Pre-K-12 Principal Specialization

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration, Pre-K-12 Principal program is designed as a post-master’s degree for practicing teachers and/or administrators in the field. The conceptual framework for this innovative and exciting online degree prepares reflective leaders who are skilled educators whose practices and decisions draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom.

Upon completion of the online Educational Administration degree, including the accompanying field-based internship, students also earn Pre-K-12 Principal licensure. Students should contact their state for specific licensure requirements.

Ed.S. in Educational Administration - Pre-K-12 Principal Degree Completion Plan

Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
            Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for all students
  4. Three letters of recommendation
            Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Educational Leadership in the current graduate catalog.

For more information about the online Educational Specialist in Educational Administration programs, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at cde@usd.edu.

Mary Ticknor

I've finally reached the professional goal that I've been pursuing for many years.  It was when I discovered the online coursework available from USD for my specialist degree and some of my doctoral courses that I realized it was possible to pursue an advanced degree in spite of an extremely demanding career. Mary Ticknor, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Lemont Township High School, Lisle, Ill.