The Specialist in Education Degree Major in Advanced Studies in Leadership with an emphasis in General School Administration is designed to prepare superintendents and other central office personnel. Candidates for the degree must hold a Master’s Degree in an educational related field in addition to the requirements for the Specialist Degree. The degree program is designed to permit a candidate to specialize in a specific comprehensive knowledge of administration at both elementary and secondary levels. This is accomplished through electives and individual study courses available in the program to meet individual needs. The curriculum meets the endorsement standards for District Superintendent. This program is fully accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and CAEP.
The coursework includes 36 graduate credit hours which are offered completely online. Most candidates take two courses per semester for two years to complete the program. Through a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, PSU candidates in Specialist in Education Degree program can apply for the online Doctorate in Educational Leadership program and apply the PSU EdS coursework toward the terminal degree. Other universities, such as Lindenwood University and St. Louis University, accept the coursework for their Educational Doctorate programs.
Graduates of this program leave with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to enhance their ability as a:
Some of the coursework includes practica. All of the assignments are designed to be completed in the district where the candidate is working or on a university or community college campus. Educational Leadership topics that interest the candidate can be the focus of research courses. Course research is based on the principles of Action Research. Action Research assists the leader to focus on a question or topic in order to improve the quality of education or services at the district or program area levels.
Students in the Advanced Studies in Leadership (General School Administration) program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.