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Educational Specialist - Superintendent Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $9,750

Overview


The Educational Specialist – Superintendent online program is the natural progression for leaders in education who want to earn the credentials necessary for superintendency. Profession-based field work is embedded in the course requirements to help you graduate with experience and confidence. This Ed.S. prepares you to earn your Career Administrator Certificate and provides the solid education needed for an exciting new role.

You will learn from the same distinguished, skilled faculty that teach on campus who are dedicated to helping you find success through leadership, strategy and advanced levels of scholarship. Northwest’s faculty offer the same learning opportunities to online students as those who attend on campus, as well as an inclusive, supportive environment.

This 30-hour affordable superintendent program is flexible, with multiple start dates each year and coursework that is accessible 24/7 so you can achieve your academic goals while continuing to work. In as few as 12 months, you can qualify for a career as a superintendent. Beyond this program, additional requirements are necessary for licensure. State requirements vary.

Upon graduation from this 100% online Ed.S. - Superintendent program, you 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

Additional certification opportunity

For students with an MS in Educational Administration or Leadership: Use your Educational Specialist - Superintendent degree to earn your Career Administrator Certificate and also qualify for superintendent upgrade. For more information, call 844-890-9304 to speak with a helpful Enrollment Specialist.

Courses

In order to earn the Educational Specialist – Superintendent Online, students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 27 credit hours of core requirements and 3 credit hours of an internship. All courses in this program are 7 weeks in length.

To see the full list of our Educational Specialist – Superintendent online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Educational Specialist – Superintendent online degree program must hold a master’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

To learn more about our Educational Specialist – Superintendent online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Students in the Educational Specialist - Superintendent online degree program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $50 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

To learn more about our Educational Specialist – Superintendent online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Educational Specialist - Superintendent online degree program is convenient to begin. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Educational Specialist - Superintendent Online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Educational Specialist – Superintendent, students must complete the following courses (30 credit hours).

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Students must take the following courses.

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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Admissions


The School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Educational Specialist – Superintendent online program. Find out the requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Non-Missouri students should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for their state.

The Ed.S. applicant must supply evidence of a completed master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.00/4.00.

Documentation of one of the following:

  • Valid state teacher (classroom teacher) certificate OR
  • National Board Certification OR
  • 3.75 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE OR
  • Successful completion of the Departmental Entrance Exam (DAE)

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

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

Transfer of Credits

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

Have a question? Call us at 844-890-9304.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing an Educational Specialist - Superintendent Online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The tuition cost includes all fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-credit hour Course Per Program
Ed.S. - Superintendent $325 $975 $9,750

*Important Refund Information:
First day of class- Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
Second day of class- Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
Third day of class- Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
Fourth day of class- Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

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Calendar


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 1/15/2020 1/2/2020 1/6/2020 1/8/2020 1/10/2020 3/6/2020
Spring 2 3/16/2020 3/2/2020 3/6/2020 3/9/2020 3/11/2020 5/1/2020
Summer 1 5/12/2020 4/27/2020 5/4/2020 5/5/2020 5/7/2020 6/26/2020
Summer 2 6/29/2020 6/15/2020 6/19/2020 6/22/2020 6/24/2020 8/14/2020
2020 Sessions Payment Scheduale
Session Payment
Due
Drop for
Non-payment
Financial Aid
Disbursement
Last Day
100%
refund
Last Day
75%
refund
Last Day
50%
refund
Last Day
25%
refund
2020 Spring 1 1/10/2020 1/13/2020 1/22/2020 1/15/2020 1/16/2020 1/17/2020 1/21/2020
2020 Spring 2 3/11/2020 3/12/2020 3/23/2020 3/16/2020 3/17/2020 3/18/2020 3/19/2020
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