Ed.S. Educational Leadership: Superintendent

This degree program is designed for educational professionals who have a Master's Degree and building administrator certification who 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

This degree utilizes an on-line delivery method. Students participate in a year-long 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, including a year-long internship at the district office level.

Program Start Dates

Classes begin every 8 weeks, and new students may join throughout the year. Contact us now to get started on your graduate degree.

Required Courses

EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC7579 Special Education Law for Administrators (2)
EDUC7584 Data Driven Decision Making (3)
EDUC8670 Labor Relations in Schools (3)
EDUC8671 Educational Change: A Historical Perspective (3)
EDUC8672 The Superintendency (3)
EDUC8673 Advanced School Finance (3)
EDUC8674 School Facilities (3)
EDUC8675 Public Relations and Marketing for Schools (3)
EDUC8676 Special Populations: Issues and Resources (3)
EDUC8678 Central Office Internship (1-4 ) (4 credits required)
EDUC8678B Central Office Internship Portfolio Binder (0-1)

Total Credits: A minimum of 33 semester credits are required. 

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

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