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Ed.S. Educational Leadership: Superintendent

Most of the classes for this degree are online. This degree program is designed for educational professionals who have a master's degree and are seeking formal educational leadership roles such as superintendent, assistant superintendent and other school district central office roles. Emphasis is on the administrator as an instructional leader as well as a servant leader. Ethical decision making, creative problem solving, and professional growth are other areas of emphasis.


Program Design

While this degree primarily utilizes an on-line delivery method, the initial two (2) courses of the program are delivered on campus. Students participate in a yearlong internship at the district office level. This internship will be supervised by a qualified central office administrator. This internship must be approved by the school district and the NNU program director.

Successful completion of the degree qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for Superintendent endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certification. Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.

The program utilizes a cohort model which allows students to plan their schedules ahead of time and allows them to continue working full-time in their position while completing the program.

Students will typically complete the program in 22 months, which includes a yearlong internship at the district office level.

Cohort Schedules

New cohorts begin in summer of each year. A student who joins an active cohort is placed in the one that corresponds to the student's expected graduation date.

Required Courses

EDUC 7579 Special Education Law for Administrators (2)
EDUC 8670 Labor Relations in Schools (3)
EDUC 8671 Educational Change: A Historical Perspective (3)
EDUC 8672 The Superintendency (3)
EDUC 8673 Advanced School Finance (3)
EDUC 8674 School Facilities (3)
EDUC 8675 Public Relations and Marketing for Schools (3)
EDUC 8676 Special Populations: Issues and Resources (3)
EDUC 8677 Research (3)
EDUC 8678 Central Office Internship (1-4 ) (4 credits required)
Total Credits 30

Initial principal endorsement may be obtained through an Education Specialist degree. Please see Education Specialist, Educational Leadership-Building Administrator.

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