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College of Education

Graduate Studies

School Leadership & Higher Education Administration

We develop competent, caring leaders and prepare administrators and other professional personnel to provide educational leadership in both public and private sectors in the areas of educational administration and higher education.

Educational Administration Degree Programs

There are three educational administration degrees: the M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs, which lead to principal and superintendent certifications (respectively), and the Ph.D. program, which offers two areas of emphasis: PK-12 education administration and higher education.

Educational Administration, M.Ed. and Ed.S.

The faculty members in the educational administration program are committed to the professional development of educational leaders for elementary, middle and high schools in the state of South Carolina and the nation. Successful completion of the M.Ed. program leads to principal certification in S.C., whereas successful completion of the Ed.S. program leads to superintendent certification in S.C. The Ed.S. program is not a substitute, or alternative route, for principal certification.

Please visit the academic bulletins for more information on either the principal certification (M.Ed) program or the superintendent certification (Ed.S.) program.

Educational Administration, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree is offered in two program emphases: higher education administration and PK-12 education administration.

Each emphasis prepares students for a variety of leadership positions in institutions and agencies related to their studies, including university administrators, school superintendents and principals, administrators in school districts and government agencies, college and university faculty, and other related leadership capacities. For more details about the requirements and course work, please visit the Ph.D. program academic bulletin.


Higher Education Degree Programs

In addition to the educational administration Ph.D. with an emphasis in higher education, there are several additional graduate-level programs related to higher education. 

Higher Education and Student Affairs, M.Ed.

Known as HESA, this program combines rigorous full-time study with in-depth practical experiences suited to dedicated individuals seeking professional careers in the administration of college student development services and activities.