Education Specialist in Administration Degree

Education Specialist in Administration Degree

Education Specialist in Administration Degree

The Education Specialist Administration degree provides students with the advanced skills necessary for effective school district administration. The ability to formulate effective educational practices involving school district administration, management, finance, plant and facilities planning and operation, human resources, assessment, school law, and supplemental programs as they relate to current research, educational trends, legal frameworks, and cultural issues are emphasized. This program is designed to prepare the student to be recommended for certification for superintendency, provided all other DESE requirements are met.

Program Advantages

William Woods University graduate programs are designed for working individuals. The cohort model allows students to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on pursing similar career goals. Cohorts are situated in convenient locations around Missouri and once accepted into the program you are registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Tuition is maintained at the same rate, providing there is no interruption in enrollment. William Woods University students consistently score well on the state leader assessment tests.

Who is this program designed for?

This program is designed for teachers and building-level administrators with an interest in pursuing a district administration position in pk–12 schools. The Education Specialist program is designed to meet Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements.

What will this program do for me?

The program will provide participants actual experiences district administrators face on a daily basis. It will also focus on pedagogy, current research, and educational trends. Successful completion of the program along with a qualifying score on the DESE assessments will enable a candidate to apply for superintendency certification within the state of Missouri.

Education Specialist Pogram Alumni:

William Woods University education specialist program alumni are employed in schools across the State of Missouri in leading positions including superintendents, principals, district and building administrators and athletic coaches.

Education Specialist Graduate Employers Include:

  • Independence School District, Independence, MO
  • Jefferson City Public Schools, Jefferson City, MO
  • Thornfield School District, Thornfield, MO
  • Braymer School District, Kansas City, MO
  • Bowling Green School District, St. Louis, MO

Education Accreditations

  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) (The School District Administration Program—EdS degree programs)

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Copy of Missouri Educator Profile Results
  • Complete the student achievement (pdf) document outlining your accomplishments as they relate to student achievement and signed by you and your direct supervisor.
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • All official transcripts (3.0 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

Tuition & Fees

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Online Tuition (per credit hour)


Online Course Fee (per course)



EDU600 Issues in School Superintendency

This course introduces foundational theory and practice of leadership skills, tasks, responsibilities and challenges as they are applied to school superintendents and central office administrators. Historical perspectives, issues, and problems facing the superintendent will also be examined. Organizational culture, the dynamics and politics of the Superintendency, Board of Education relationships, plus other impacting elements (legal issues, fiscal responsibilities, and governance), will be studied. 3 Credits

EDU657 Field Experience I

The student and field experience on-site supervisor, a certified district-level administrator, will meet to discuss and plan the student’s field experience. Course expectations and requirements will be discussed. The student will have the opportunity during the field experience to practice the attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary to provide positive leadership in a school district. In collaboration with the university course facilitator and the on-site supervisor, the student will start to plan for the 300-clock-hour field experience requirements. Discussion with the on-site supervisor will allow the student to be responsible for all field experience requirements to be completed in a timely manner. 1 Credit

(Students will be enrolled in the course three times throughout the program)

EDU610 Utilizing Statistical Procedures in Educational Research and Evaluation

This course will focus on the knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to effectively collect and interpret data related to school improvement issues. The course will include a discussion of basic statistical concepts that form the foundation for interpreting and analyzing the results of standardized tests and in using the results of this analysis for school improvement purposes. The course will also include procedures and skills necessary for the critical review of educational research. Finally, the course will address specific assessment and research data relevant to the state of Missouri and provide the student the opportunity to implement knowledge and skills through case-based practice. 3 Credits

EDU620 Effective School-Community Relations

This course is organized to provide practical, research-based information and skills development to help prepare administrators to work in the area of public relations. Effective communications with all district stakeholders relates to both internal communications with staff, as well as interrelationships of educators with students, parents, media, and others in the community. The course will provide a solid conceptual base for the development of an effective school public relations program, the development of effective written and oral communications, along with a focus on the interpersonal skills needed to build and maintain effective relationships within an organization and community. Within the context of this course, students will learn and apply the definition of conflict, how to manage a conflict constructively, and how to resolve conflicts to create an even more effective organization. 3 Credits

EDU653 School Plant and Facilities

This course will incorporate planning, design, construction, management, safety, and maintenance involved in the innovative delivery of instruction, as well as ongoing daily operations of district buildings and grounds. It will incorporate activities related to selecting architects, designing buildings for innovative instruction, construction and performance contracting, monitoring and tracking of maintenance, furnishing and equipping facilities, cleaning operations, and developing safe and secure buildings and grounds. 3 Credits

EDU640 Human Resources in Education

This course focuses on the various statutory and procedural issues involved with human resources administration. Human resources planning, recruitment, selection, professional development, and evaluation will be addressed. Motivational issues related to human resources administration and staff retention are also included, as are issues related to both formal and informal negotiations. Finally, legal and ethical issues related to human resources administration are explored. 3 Credits

EDU650 School Finance

This course is designed to provide school leaders with a broad understanding and overview of school finance issues at the local, state, and national levels. The course will introduce various finance topics, detailing how they relate to local practice. In addition, specific finance practices, such as fund accounting, payroll management, taxes and tax rates, revenues and expenditures, and financial legal requirements, will be examined. 3 Credits

EDU660 Educational Reform and Urban Educational Issues

This course will help developing district leaders understand, facilitate, and be proactive to the rapidly expanding scope of changes that are taking place in schooling and education. Basic principles of change, diffusion of innovations and research findings with case studies will be examined. Systemic change and leadership during times of change will be emphasized as well. School district leaders will study how the achievement gap, poverty, and other urban educational issues impact student improvement, community perception, and school reform. The course will also examine how social dynamics, cultural differences, pedagogy, physical/social environments, and student resiliency play a part in making achievement gaps a lingering issue for educators. 3 Credits

EDU680 Advanced School Law and Policy Development

The course provides advanced information, perspective, and knowledge to educational administrators, including experienced principals and superintendents of schools. It provides administrators with the necessary state and federal legal and practical operational background that will enable them to effectively conduct school business and operate school organizations and related environments within the constraints of the law (including constitutional, statutory, administrative, and case law). This course also provides a basic understanding of educational policy and how it is made. It focuses on the proactive requirements necessary for school administrators to be effective leaders in policy development and implementation. 3 Credits

EDU690 Differentiated and Supplemental Program

This course is designed to expose the student to the many specialized state and federal programs currently in place to assist public schools. The history and purpose of each program will be examined. Specific program requirements will be detailed for each of the major differentiated programs. Programs reviewed will include the Federal Title programs, Special Education, At Risk, professional development, technology integration, and grant-based initiatives. Upon completion of this course, students should possess the knowledge to effectively evaluate, select, and administer differentiated and supplemental programs common to school districts. 3 Credits

EDU697 School Portfolio Development & Field Experience

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to practice those attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary to provide positive leadership at a central office level. An electronic professional portfolio aligned to the proper standards along with reflections for each artifact will be developed and submitted to the William Woods University TK20 assessment system as a graduation requirement. Students will also be required to complete a problem-based scenario in an exam format. (Prerequisite: No student may begin this course unless all other Ed. S. program coursework has been completed prior to the first class session). 3 Credits

Capstone Requirements

Students enrolled in the capstone course will create a portfolio demonstrating their proficiency on each of the Missouri Superintendent Standards/ISLLC Standards. Students will also be required to complete a problem-based scenario in an exam format, as well as written reflections on each artifact included in the portfolio.

Field Experience Requirements

  • 300 Clock Hours of district level administrative field experience activities

Certain courses will have field experience activities embedded within the course. However, the majority of field experience hours will come from out-of-class activities.

Field Experience Supervisor Requirements

Each student will be asked to select an on-site supervisor who reflects the following qualifications:

  • Must possess an Education Specialist Degree or higher
  • Must have five years of experience as a district-level administrator
  • Must possess a valid administrative certificate

Students with on-site supervisors who do not meet the qualifications need to contact the director of field experience.

Superintendent Certification Requirements

  • Education Specialist in Administration
  • Minimum 1 year of certified administrative experience
  • Passes the State Content and Performance Assessments

Next Steps

Making Education Accessible for Working Professionals

WWU programs can be brought to any community within Missouri and select communities in Arkansas. We would appreciate the opportunity to bring a degree program to your hometown. If there is interest in your area, call 1.800.995.3199 or email today!

How do I get started?

Visit us at to inquire about or apply to one of our evening programs. After you submit your information, you will be contacted by an enrollment representative to discuss the opportunities in your area.

How do I apply?

Visit us at to complete the FREE online application.

Is there a program starting near me?

To view an orientation schedule, visit us at or contact us directly at 1.800.995.3199 or

How do I register for classes?

After you have been accepted into your program of study, you will be registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Your academic adviser will answer any questions about potential schedule changes once you have started the program.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to most students. To start this quick and easy process, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at, and enter the WWU school code 002525.