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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
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.
Official nameEducational specialist in educational leadership and policy analysis with an emphasis in PK-12 educational leadership and administration, elementary and secondary principal and superintendent certification
Program typeEducational specialist
Academic homeCollege of Education & Human Development | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
*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.
- Elementary school principal
- Secondary school principal
- School superintendent
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