Elementary and secondary principal and superintendent, certification

Educational specialist in PK-12 educational leadership and policy analysis University of Missouri-Columbia
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Overview

The online educational specialist degree in PK–12 educational leadership and administration from MU offers opportunities for professional growth in school and district leadership. If you want to be an effective, responsive, courageous and professional leader in education, this may be the degree for you.

You may choose one of three different options for your degree:

  • Superintendent certification
  • Elementary and secondary principal certification
  • Elementary and secondary principal and superintendent certification

Certification

This program meets the requirements for both building-level and district-level certification (central office and superintendent) requirements in Missouri and many other states. Graduate candidates who already possess a Missouri Initial Administrator Certificate (building-level) can use the educational specialist degree to meet requirements toward a Missouri Career Continuous Certificate (building-level), a Missouri Initial Superintendent Certificate (district-level) or both.

Quick facts

Official name

Educational specialist in educational leadership and policy analysis with an emphasis in PK-12 educational leadership and administration, elementary and secondary principal and superintendent certification

Campus

University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Educational specialist

Academic home

College of Education & Human Development | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Credit hours

35

Estimated cost

$17,867.50

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Potential careers

  • Elementary school principal
  • Secondary school principal
  • School superintendent
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4.89%
Employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$72,000
Median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester, including summers, and finish in under two years.

Course work includes

  • Setting and articulating vision, mission and goals for buildings and districts
  • High-level learning for students and adults
  • Management of legal, fiscal and personnel systems
  • Collaboration and communication with students, families and communities
  • Ethical and integral leadership
  • Understanding of political and social systems
  • Continued professional development for the individual and the organization

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education and Human Development is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

The College of Education and Human Development is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis