What will I study?
The Educational Specialist program is composed of 33 credit hours of course work. The courses are fully aligned with the South Carolina requirements for the School District Superintendent certification; completing the degree program will qualify you to receive the certification. If you go on to a doctoral program, program hours from this degree can generally be counted toward that program.
- 21 credit hours concentrate on the various aspects of school district leadership including finance, instruction, policy, and facilities.
- Nine credit hours directly address the superintendency and include a district based internship experience.
- A nine-hour cognate and one research course make up the balance of the 33 hours.
The program is geared toward those school leaders who aspire to work in any district-wide leadership positions and is required for those serving as a superintendent.
What kinds of work will I be able to do?
The Ed.S. degree meets the requirements for School District Superintendent in South Carolina and prepares you for a variety of district-wide leadership positions. Administrators will increase their marketability for important district-level positions and be better able to address the many challenges faced by school district leaders.
Typical Course Work
This is a highly interactive program. All courses in the Educational Leadership department were recently updated and revised to accommodate an eight-week format and online instruction. Our instructors employ the best in online instructional techniques and strategies including discussion boards, case studies, simulations, PowerPoint presentations, readings, and research projects. For detailed information on specific courses and requirements, please visit the academic bulletin.
The new eight-week format utilizes 100% online courses. All courses in the Educational Leadership department have been updated during the last twelve months.