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Online Education Specialist – Superintendent (Ed.S.)

Complete Coursework: 20 months  |  Credit Hours: 30
Tuition: $18,700 in-state  |  $18,800 out-of-state

Become a leader of leaders. With the Education Specialist Superintendent degree, current and former principals can advance their leadership skills and develop educators and staff at the district level.

Earn a Degree in Education That Balances Theory With Practicality

Designed for principals, the Ed.S. Superintendent prepares them for Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent responsibilities through coursework that:

  • Focuses on district leadership of staff, school boards, unions, and community strategic roles, limits, and responsibilities in light of local, state, and federal regulations and political pressures
  • Explores the relationships between organizational change, professional growth, and leadership by engaging in theoretical and research-based readings, discussions, and activities regarding change, innovation, leadership, organizational culture, and professional development
  • Provides significant opportunities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills identified in the district-level standards through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings.

Students who complete the degree program and pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators test series are eligible for a Superintendent license in the state of Ohio. Beginning September 1, 2013, a new test series (Ohio Assessments for Educators), will replace many of the Praxis II(r) tests as the required Ohio educator licensure tests. If you are a new candidate for teacher certification, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website for further information.

An Education Program Designed for Busy Educators

Wright State's unique distance learning Ed.S. program provides the flexibility and affordability you need to continue your education while balancing your personal life and professional responsibilities.

The Ed.S. Superintendent is 100% online, so you can advance toward your degree on your schedule. Course sessions conveniently start six times per year, and there is no thesis or oral defense required to earn this respected degree.

To learn more, contact an enrollment specialist at 855-704-0312.

Accreditation Information

Wright State is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 1307 New York Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington DC, 20005, 202-293-2450.

The Wright State University College of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036. 202-466-7496.

Wright State University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission oversees the accreditation of degree-granting colleges and universities in nineteen Midwestern and South-Central states. The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, 800-621-7440 / 312-263-0456

Wright State University's education programs, including school counseling, are approved by the Ohio State Board of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-4183. 877-644-6338.

Online Courses

Program Courses

Advanced Educational Measurement Theory & Practice

EDL 8580  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

School district level interpretation of assessments, evaluation, accountability measures, standardization, validation, reliability, item analysis, norm setting, criterion referencing, standardized tests, and the development of district level long-range improvement and accountability systems.

School District Leadership

EDL 9710  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Superintendent, staff, school board, unions, and community strategic roles, limits, and responsibilities in light of local, state, and federal regulations and political pressures.

Advanced Curriculum Analysis

EDL 9730  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Explores district-level curriculum analysis and evaluation.

The Leader, Law & Special Populations

EDL 9740  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

District-level leadership related to compliance with school laws and serving the needs of special populations.

Community Relations & Processes

EDL 9800  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

The course examines relationships between schools and communities from demographic, political and marketing perspectives. The course focuses on school and community roles in delivering educational programs and services responsive to local needs.

Organizational Behavior in Education & Human Services

EDL 9860  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Analyzing organizations and educational institutions in particular through a social systems orientation. Role theory, leadership theory and styles, ethical behavior, and decision-making theory and practice are addressed from an organizational perspective.

Administration Leadership in Communication

EDL 9870  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Focuses on the development of leadership skills in relationship to individual and organizational communications, group processes, conflict management, decision making, and problem solving. Participants study and practice the principles of change.

School Culture & Professional Growth

EDL 9920  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Exploring the relationships between organizational change, professional growth, and leadership. Candidates engage in theoretical and research-based readings, discussions and activities regarding change, innovation, leadership, organizational culture, and professional development.

School District Finance & Fiscal Management

EDL 9930  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Guiding principles for developing adequate district fiscal programs; study of local, state, and federal revenue sources; and, procedures in management of district funds.

Superintendent Capstone Practicum

EDL 9955  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

The practicum provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills identified in the district-level standards through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings.

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