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Educational Specialist – Superintendent Online

Enhance your ability to think critically and insightfully as a leader in education while preparing to make a difference as a superintendent.

10/04/21 Next Application Due Date
10/18/21 Next Class Start Date


Why Consider the Online Ed.S. Superintendent Program at Northwest

The Ed.S. – Superintendent online program from Northwest Missouri State University supports the natural progression of leaders in education who want to earn the credentials necessary for superintendency. This education specialist degree prepares you to earn your Missouri Career Administrator Certificate and provides the solid education needed for a leading role in school and district administration.

$10,500 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

In this post-graduate online program, you will learn how to build and sustain partnerships with communities and public/private sectors to promote school improvement while advocating for the needs and priorities of students and families in your district. Profession-based fieldwork is embedded in the course requirements to give you experience and confidence.

For students with an M.S. in Educational Administration or Leadership, use your Ed.S. – Superintendent degree to earn your Missouri Career Administrator Certificate and to qualify for superintendent upgrade. Beyond this program, additional requirements are necessary for licensure.

If you are a non-Missouri student, you should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for your state.

Northwest Missouri State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). This program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2027. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to continue to do so.

Graduates of this superintendent online program will be prepared to:

  • Help P-12 teachers learn to think critically and insightfully as leaders concerning issues in education
  • Mobilize school and community resources to facilitate the implementation, development and articulation of a shared vision of learning, promoting the success of all student groups
  • Use professional development for self, faculty and staff to foster lifelong learning and the success of students
  • Understand the uses of organizational management, fiscal and material resource management and HR management in creating positive and productive learning systems
  • Build and sustain productive partnerships with communities and public and private sectors to promote school improvement and student development
  • Advocate for the needs and priorities of the school, district, students and families within the community
  • Display positive district-level instructional and clinical practice leadership attributes in diversity, equity and inclusion, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork

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Tuition and Fees

Learn More About Our Affordable Tuition

Our Ed.S. – Superintendent online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$350 Per Credit Hour
$10,500 Program Tuition*

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Ed.S. – Superintendent $350 $1,050 $10,500

Important Refund Information

1st day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
2nd day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
3rd day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current amounts are based on 2020-21 tuition rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition.

Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2019).


NWMSU Online Dates and Deadlines

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

10/04/21 Next Application Deadline
10/18/21 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/18/21 08/04/21 08/10/21 08/11/21 08/13/21 10/08/21
Fall 2 10/18/21 10/04/21 10/08/21 10/11/21 10/13/21 12/10/21
Spring 1 01/12/22 01/04/22 01/04/22 01/05/22 01/07/22 03/04/22
Spring 2 03/14/22 02/28/22 03/03/22 03/08/22 03/09/22 04/29/22
Summer 1 05/10/22 04/26/22 04/29/22 05/03/22 05/05/22 06/24/22
Summer 2 06/27/22 06/13/22 06/16/22 06/20/22 06/22/22 08/12/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northwest?


What You Need to Know Before Applying

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Ed.S. – Superintendent online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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To apply for this program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Documentation of ONE of the following:
    • Valid state teacher (classroom teacher) certificate
    • Successful completion of the Departmental Entrance Exam (DAE)
    • 3.75 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE®
    • National Board Certification

If you have started an Ed.S. program at another regionally accredited university, you may be able to transfer up to nine credit hours.

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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A Look at the Online Ed.S. Superintendent Curriculum

For the Ed.S. – Superintendent online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours).

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students who complete this course understand and demonstrate the capability to promote the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary for equitable protocols for student support, equitable access in a least restrictive environment, responsive practices for culturally responsive teaching and leadership, and a supportive school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare school leaders for effective two-way communication with families and the community. In addition, school leaders will effectively engage families, community and school personnel in strengthening student learning in and out of school. This course will prepare school leaders to build and sustain productive partnerships with communities and public and private sectors to promote school improvement and student development. Finally, this course will prepare school leaders to advocate for the needs and priorities of the school, district, students, families and the community. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the laws of our country as they apply to all phases of the public school. Stress is placed upon laws concerning superintendents, principals, teachers and pupils. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of current educational thought as it relates to the general P-12 curriculum, its development and evaluation. Emphasis on using classroom curriculum to improve student learning. The goal is to help teachers to learn to think as a teacher leader about issues in P-12 education in a critical and insightful manner.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to acquaint students with the various functions of the school district superintendency. It is included in the programs of most students completing the Specialist in Education degree.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Responsibility of school administrators, supervisors, and other school personnel for construction, operation, and maintenance of school buildings and equipment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Personnel practices in education are considered along with the implications of collective negotiations and professional accountability for personnel policies. Policies pertinent to the selection and placement, promotion, tenure, and retirement of both certified and noncertified personnel are included.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to public school finance. Fundamental principles and techniques of public finance are included with emphasis on budgeting procedures. Activity fund accounting and school bonding procedures are included.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Having a two-fold focus, this course treats (1) basic methods of developing and reporting educational research and literature and (2) techniques of interpreting and evaluating educational research and literature. Basic statistical methods are utilized in each of the components. Prerequisite: Ed.S. students only.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Involves a field experience in which the student spends periods of time observing and performing various functions associated with school administration and supervision. These experiences should include but not be limited to the following: finance, public relations, educational planning, personnel functions and federal programs in education. Prerequisites: permission of student's advisory committee and Director of Educational Field Experiences.

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