PK–12 educational leadership and administration

Educational specialist University of Missouri
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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

Program type

Educational specialist

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Credit hours

35

Estimated cost

$16,220.75

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, 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
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Elementary, Middle and High School Principals.
6%
Employment growth
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Elementary, Middle and High School Principals.
$90,410
Median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is blended: Much of your course work will be online, but some courses have on-campus weekend sessions three or four times a semester. Meeting dates and times are subject to change each semester.

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

Blended, some campus visits required

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 is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Learn more about this program

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