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Education Specialist Degree Requirements

The Online Education Specialist Ed.S. Certification Program has several different levels and options to choose from.

School Counseling (Standard Certificate) – 30 Credit Hours Required

  • Introduction to Educational Administration
  • School and Community Relations
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Introduction to Addiction Counseling
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment
  • Children and Adolescent Counseling
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Accountability in School Counseling
  • Counseling during Grief and Crisis
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques II

Director of Special Education - 18 to 30 Credit Hours Required

Level I - 18 credit hours

Level II - 30 credit hours

Level I: 18 hours Required – Certification Only

  • Introduction to Educational Administration
  • Human Resource Management & Supervision1
  • School Law I
  • Consultation and Collaboration for Curriculum Design1
  • Advanced Assessment Strategies and Prescriptive Writing
  • Practicum: Director of Special Education*

Level II: 12 hours

  • Applied Research in Education**
  • Business Management in Public Schools
  • School and Community Relations
  • School Law II***

1Course requires Field/Clinical Experience Hours
*To be completed after all other courses
** Pre-requisite is Research Methods in Education
*** Pre-requisite is School Law I

School Superintendent - 12 to 18 Credit Hours Required

Level I - 12 credit hours

Level II - 18 credit hours

Level I: 12 hours Required - Certification Only

  • Introduction to District Leadership
  • School Administration and Regulation
  • Instructional Leadership: School Superintendent
  • Professional Clinical Experience: Administrative Superintendent

Level II: 18 hours Required

  • School Program Improvement
  • Special Education and School Leadership
  • Diversity in a Multicultural Society
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Human Resource Management in Public Schools
  • Business Management in Public Schools

Supervisor of Instruction - 18 to 30 Credit Hours Required

Level I - 18 credit hours

Level II - 30 credit hours

Level I: 18 hours – Certification Only

  • Introduction to Educational Administration
  • School Program Improvement
  • Human Resource Management and Supervision
  • School Law I
  • The Supervisor
  • Practicum: Supervisor of Instruction

Level II: 12 hours

  • Curriculum Management and Assessment
  • Problems in Education
  • The Politic of the School Community
  • Diversity in a Multicultural Society

Principal - 6 to 30 Credit Hours Required

Level I - 30 credit hours

Level II - 6 credit hours - Certification Only

Level I: 30 hours

  • Introduction to School Leadership1
  • The School Principal’s Role in Improving School Climate and Culture 1
  • School and Community Relations1
  • The School Principal’s Role in Curriculum Leadership1
  • The School Principal’s Role in Assessing Instructional Program & Monitoring Student Performance1
  • The School Principal’s Role in Creating Organizational Structures and Operations1
  • Human Resource Leadership1
  • Resource Allocation: Strategic Management and School Budgeting1
  • Research and Development: Capstone Project*
  • School Law I

Level II: 6 hours Required - Certification Only

  • School/District Turnaround Project I
  • School/District Turnaround Project II

1Course requires Field/Clinical Experience Hours

Director of Pupil Personnel - 18 to 30 Credit Hours Required

Level I - 18 credit hours - Certification Only

Level II - 30 credit hours

Level I: 18 hours – Certification Only

  • Introduction to Educational Administration
  • School Program Improvement
  • Human Resource Management
  • School System Administration
  • Characteristics, Identification, and Instruction of Students with Disabilities
  • Practicum: Director of Pupil Personnel

Level II: 12 hours

  • School Law I
  • Politics of School Community
  • Strategic Management

For a full list of course offerings or more program specific information, visit our Academic Catalog page.