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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Administration

This program is designed for teachers and administrators who aspire to school leadership roles including that of superintendent and principal and includes a minimum of 30 credit hours that culminates with two semesters of internship activities. The curriculum has been developed around the professional standards (Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium) for school leader preparation programs and includes experiences related to theory and practical application, along with numerous field-based experiences. Typically, students can complete 6-9 hours of study each summer, 3-6 hours of study each fall and spring and complete the program in 2 years. Courses are offered on campus and at the UCM's Summit Center in Lee's Summit. Courses are offered in the evening during the school year and on a four-day per week basis during summers. Some courses are offered on a weekend basis.

This advanced program is designed to prepare students for a career in administration. The degree options include Elementary School Principalship, Secondary School Principalship, and Superintendency. Course requirements and degree concentrations within these areas vary dependent upon a student's masters degrees and/or existing certification. If the student does not have initial school administrator's certification, the program will include the requires courses.

Prospective students must have a minimum overall graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and a valid teaching certificate.

Required Coursework (subject to change-always consult current Graduate Catalog)

Students who possess an MSE in School Administration or administrator certification

Students who do not possess an MSE in School Administration or administrator certification