Program Curriculum- Ed.S. School Admin. (K-12 District Leadership)

Graduate Course Catalog             Central Office Internship Application

The Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is a post-master’s program requiring 66 hours of graduate coursework. Completion of the degree meets the Indiana requirements for the School Superintendent’s licensure. (Students are also required to pass the Pearson District-level leadership exam to be licensed be the state.) the license allows the student to qualify for positions of superintendent or assistant superintendent in Indiana school districts.

Previous graduate coursework may be transferable toward Ed.S. requirements as received and approved by the EDLR department and ISU Graduate School. However, the student must take (or have taken) a minimum of 27 graduate hours at ISU, at least 15 hours after admission to the Ed.S. Program.

To view the individual course descriptions, go to the Graduate Catalogue.

While course sequencing is generally patterned, the curriculum is sufficiently flexible that a person can begin coursework in any semester or over the summer. A student generally takes two courses per semester and 2-4 courses during the summer semesters.

District Level Courses

EDLR 710 Social Foundations of Leadership (3 hours)

EDLR 751 Administration of School Personnle (3 hours)

EDLR 753 Public School Finance (3 hours)

EDLR 754 School Business Administration (3 hours)

EDLR 757 Educational Facility Planning (3 hours)

EDLR 759 Seminar in School Superintendency (3 hours)

EDLR 790 Individual Research and Study (3 hours)

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EDLR 792 Field Research Projects (3 hours)

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Building Level Pre-Reqs

Courses that many students may have taken as part of previous graduate level coursework and that may be applied toward the requirements of the Ed.S. Degree

EDLR 605 Philosophy of Education (3 hours)

EDLR 650 Foundations of Educational Leadership (3 hours)

EDLR 655 Legal Aspects of School Administration (3 hours)

EDLR 656 School and Community: Collaborating for Effective Schools (3 hours)

EDLR 681 The School Principal: Leadership for Changing Schools (3 hours)

EDLR 758 Principal Internship (or campus option) (6 hours)

EDLR 793 Seminar in Effective Practices for Principals (or campus option) (6 hours)

EDUC 610 Research in Education (3 hours)

EDUC 611 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3 hours)

EDUC 660 Curriculum Fundamentals (or ELED 660) (3 hours)

EDUC 770 Curriculum Development (3 hours)

EPSY 621 Development Through the Lifespan (3 hours)


Intern Program

The Central Office Intern Program is designed to provide students with a rich, summer-long field experience under the guidance of a central office mentor and faculty supervisor. Students engage in approximately 15 hours/week of central office administration work in one’s own district or in another easily accessible district. In-field work is augmented by periodic seminar gatherings with other interns. The program is structured to provide an opportunity to apply course content knowledge to real issues of administrative practice and to the development and refinement of leadership skills and competencies. The Central Intern Program is a 6 credit hour summer experience (EDLR 790 & EDLR 792) that students take at the end of their Ed.S. studies.

Participation in the Central Office Intern program requires a supplemental Central Office Intern Program Application, signed by the supervising Central Office mentor. Applications are to be submitted by February 15 of the spring semester prior to beginning the experience in the summer.

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