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Degrees and Programs


Program Descriptions

  • Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership/Teacher Leadership –

    The Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership/Teacher Leadership is a 30credit program designed to prepare educators for leadership roles in education. The program will help teachers improve their leadership and classroom skills.

  • Contact the department for more information.

  •   Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)/Principal

    The Educational Specialist degree is designed for educators possessing a master’s degree, with at least three years’ teaching experience, who wish to further their abilityto improvestudent achievement, leadership skills, and knowledgeofcurriculum, instruction, and assessment.  The coursework is comprised of 30  hours. 

    The coursework contains Level I initial certification (24 hours) for principals and Level II (6 hour internship) leading to ongoing certification for principals.

  • School Superintendent Certificate

    This program requires Level II principal certification and a minimum 2 years’ administration experience serving on a certificate. It is designed to prepare people to lead district efforts to improve district performance.  It is a 12 hour program.

  • Contact Dr. Tom Shelton for more information (

  • School District Director of Pupil Personnel Services Certificate  

    This 18 hour program will certify individual to be the central office director of pupil personnel.  Must have completed Level I principal courses.  

  • School District Supervisor of Instruction Certificate K-12

    This program prepares instructional supervisors for school district-wide leadership.  Initial certification for supervisor of instruction requires completion of an approved master’s degree, Level II Instructional Leadership program or certification, and three year of teaching experience.

 When applying for admission, it is required to submit three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of personal/professional objectives to the graduate school before your application is considered complete.

Contact Dr. Tara Shepperson for information regarding the Doctorate of Education Program (

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