School Administration (Ed.S.)
Indiana State University offers the educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) in school administration to provide an opportunity for career development in elementary or secondary school administration. The Ed.S. provides this opportunity and can qualify students for the Indiana Standard Superintendent's License as well as other leadership positions in education.
- The online Ed.S. degree in school administration is a 66-credit-hour program regarded as an intermediate practitioner's degree and, as such, is a continuation of work completed in pursuit of the master of education.
- The objective of the degree is to develop those skills and competencies needed to serve in positions of leadership in school or district situations. The program is designed to serve public and private sector working professionals for positions of leadership in either setting.
- The program is delivered through a blended online education program using a combination of interactive online sessions augmented by required on-campus sessions on Saturday three (3) times each semester.
- The program is often completed in 1-2 years for students taking 2-3 courses per semester, including the summer session. Students do have the option of extending the program and choosing a less aggressive schedule.
- The program supports a rolling curriculum, allowing students to start the program any semester or during the summer session.
- The program includes a practicum for students in the central office internship experience.
- This program may or may not lead to licensure in your home state. The courses required in these programs prepare the student for licensure or certification in the State of Indiana. Please contact your state licensing authority to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance obtaining contact information for the licensing authority in states outside of Indiana, contact Indiana State Online representatives at (812) 237-2345 or IndianaStateOnline@indstate.edu. You may visit the U.S. Department of Education to determine specific requirements in your state.
- The program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.
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Note: Up to 39 hours of previous graduate coursework may be substitutable for select courses in the 66-credit-hour Ed.S. curriculum. As such, students often complete their Ed.S. degree in as little as 15 months. Each student's specific circumstance will be evaluated by a member of the faculty at the time of admission.
Progress toward the Degree
During the period of study leading to the educational specialist degree, a graduate student must show evidence of sound scholarship and ability to carry out a research project. He or she must meet the following standards to retain good standing as a graduate student:
- Maintain an average of 3.25 or above in all graduate work
- Complete a program of 66 hours of graduate study (including all work taken beyond the baccalaureate degree) according to the specific requirements of the major field to which he or she has been admitted
- Earn a minimum of 27 hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree at Indiana State University
- Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of work after admission to the program
- Spend at least one semester or two consecutive five-week summer terms in full-time study (nine credit hours during the regular academic year, four credit hours during each five week summer session) at Indiana State University after admission to the educational specialist degree program
- Have no encumbrances on his/her record
A student must complete all educational specialist degree requirements within eight years following admission to the program. Of the 27 hours of required graduate credit, no graduate credit will be counted toward the educational specialist degree if the student enrolled for the work more than five years before enrollment in the program. The Graduate Student Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council must approve exceptions to this policy.
All education licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Financial Aid & Assistance
Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.
In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.
*Application fees are currently waived for the Virtual Instruction Graduate Certificate*
Departmental scholarships are also offered as well as other Bayh College of Education scholarships and awards. Representatives of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies are available to assist applicants' research opportunities for financial support for students wishing to further pursue financial aid options.
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Note: This program may or may not lead to licensure in your home state. The courses required in this program prepare the student for licensure or certification in the State of Indiana. Please contact your state licensing authority to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance obtaining contact information for the licensing authority in states outside of Indiana, contact Indiana State Online representatives at (812) 237-2345 or IndianaStateOnline@indstate.edu
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.