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We prepare reflective leaders.

The Division of Educational Leadership 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 and Leadership 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 and Leadership - School District Superintendent Specialization

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration and Leadership, 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 and Leadership 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 and Leadership - School District Superintendent Degree Completion Plan

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

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration and Leadership, 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 and Leadership 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 and Leadership - Pre-K-12 Principal Degree Completion Plan

Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Educational Leadership in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

For more information about the online Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Leadership programs, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at gradadmissions@usd.edu.

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