Apr 02, 2020  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Educational Administration - School District Superintendent (M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D.)


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Master of Arts, School District Superintendent, (non–thesis): Total 39 credit hours


  • Superintendent core 30 credit hours
  • Internship 3 credit hours
  • Required supporting courses 6 credit hours

Specialist in Education, School District Superintendent


The Specialist degree program in school district administration has been developed to meet specific needs and backgrounds of students. Based on this premise individual programs are developed through the cooperative efforts of the student, the faculty advisor, and the advisory committee. The emphasis in the development of individual programs is to provide a general background in educational administration, specific preparation which may be unique to the field of public school administration, and the development of supportive area fields which will enhance the student’s ability to meet his/her educational needs and professional goals.

No one may be admitted to the Administration program unless he/she holds a teacher’s certificate (not a temporary permit) based on a Bachelor’s degree and has had at least three years of successful teaching experience.

Specialist in Education, Superintendent, (non–thesis): Total 62 credit hours with a minimum of 32 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.


  • Superintendent core 30 credit hours
  • Superintendent Specialist core 0-3 credit hours 
  • EDAD elective courses 0-6 credit hours minimum
  • Required supporting courses 6 credit hours
  • Supporting electives/outside courses 17-23 credit hours minimum

Superintendent Specialist Core: 0-3 credit hours


Supporting electives/outside courses: 17 to 23 credit hours


Select from School of Education graduate courses. Please consult your advisor for appropriate courses.

Doctor of Education, Superintendent


No one may be admitted to the school superintendent’s program unless he/she has four years of teaching experience and one year of administrative experience at the elementary or secondary school level, or both, on a valid teacher certificate.

The student’s program is comprised of two parts: (1) the major field of at least 47 credit hours and (2) supporting courses. Of the supporting courses, at least 15 hours of credit must be earned from other graduate courses as determined by the student’s advisory committee. Additional supporting courses may be taken outside the field of education, and are generally recommended. The listed courses include those at both the Master’s degree and the Doctoral degree levels.

Each student, during the last 60 hours of graduate work, must have administrative experience in the work of the school superintendent. This experience must be under the supervision of the University staff and may be taken with or without credit. The requirement may be waived if the candidate presents evidence of successful experience as a school superintendent, an assistant superintendent, or a secondary school, middle school, or elementary school principal that devoted at least 50 percent of his/her time to administration.

Doctor of Education, Superintendent Total: 90-95 credit hours with a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree.


  • Superintendent core 30 credit hours
  • Superintendent Doctoral core 12-15 credit hours
  • Dissertation 15-20 credit hours
  • EDAD elective courses 0-3 credit hours
  • Required supporting courses 9 credit hours
  • Supporting electives/outside courses 18-21 credit hours

Dissertation: 15-20 credit hours


Required supporting course work: 9 credit hours


EDER Advanced Statistics Course 3 credit hours
EDFN/EPSY Foundation Course 3 credit hours

Supporting electives/outside courses: 3-18 credit hours


Select from School of Education graduate courses. Please consult your advisor for appropriate courses.

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