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Educational Specialist: Administration and Supervision

Our graduate programs at Clemson University build on the rich experiences and expertise of faculty and students to provide an educational environment in which both groups share in research, exploration and inquiry. The result of this synergy is impact — on our community and beyond.

Specialty Concentrations

  • Overview

    Clemson University’s programs in educational leadership prepare leaders who serve students and communities collaboratively and courageously, with an ethical commitment to equity, and the curiosity, self-awareness, and resiliency to grow, sustain, and nurture a community of learners. Our leaders will become skilled at confronting the complex problems associated with state and regional poverty, race, and rurality. Our leaders will strive to grow and sustain equitable systems and will contribute to the development of socially just schools and communities.

    Ed. S.
    Clemson University’s Master of Education degree is a 30-credit hour program and typically takes six semesters to complete. Our programs reflect the way adults learn, incorporating rich field experiences, collaborative classes, and in-depth problems of practice. Hybrid course structures are used to promote rich and ongoing discussion that support the learning of busy educational professionals. The program works to help leaders apply theory to practice in working to solve complex problems. The program is committed to providing leaders with the skills necessary to create just and equitable schools that meet the life-long needs of all learners.

  • Program Goals

    Goals for our candidates include:

    • Understand and respond to the complex issues of poverty, race and rurality and how they affect learners, schools, and communities
    • Use strategies based on adult learning theory to structure and lead rich professional development for staff
    • Apply sound managerial processes to enhance smooth school operations
    • Foster environments of continuous learning to foster learning environments that expand the capacity of individuals and organizations.
    • Expand the talents and performances of individuals and organizations
    • Advocate for improved policy and practice to facilitate equitable learning contexts for all students
  • Admission Requirements

    In order to gain admission, students must complete an application for admission on the Clemson University Graduate School website. The following are required elements of the application:

    • A completed Clemson University Graduate School application.
    • An unofficial transcript from your undergraduate institution(s).
    • An unofficial transcript from your graduate institution (if applicable).
    • The GRE exam score must be no more than five years old).
    • A statement of interest in the program. Please tell us why you want to pursue a career in educational leadership, and also tell us why Clemson may be the right fit to help you reach your career goals.
    • Two letters of reference.

    Required Documents:


    Mail all documents to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Clemson University
    E-209 Martin Hall
    Clemson, SC 29634

  • Program Requirements

    The program of study includes 30 credit hours. A typical program of study may include the following 10 classes:

    Clemson University Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision
    Building Level Leadership  District Level Leadership
    EDL 7000 Intro to Public School Admin  EDL 8150 The Superintendency*
    EDL 7200 Human Resources Management  EDL 9250 Instructional Leadership*
    EDL 7250 School Law  EDL 9720 Ethics in Ed. Leadership*
    EDL 7150 School & Community Relations EDL 9500 Education Policy Studies* or EDL 8200 Politics of Education
    EDL 7300 Supervision of Instruction  EDL 8300 Business Management in Education*
    EDL 7400 Curriculum Improvement Admin 

    EDL 850 District Internship I*

    EDL 7450 School Finance  EDL 851 District Internship II*
    EDL 7500/7550 Building Internship I As approved by advisor
    EDL 7350 Program Evaluation As approved by advisor
    EDL 7510/7560 Building Internship II As approved by advisor
    *required courses for district licensure as part of the Ph.D.  

    Candidates are strongly counseled to meet with their adviser to plan a course of study that will both fulfill degree and certification requirements. It is strongly recommended that candidates obtain approval from their adviser before enrolling in any class to ensure that the class will fulfill degree and certification requirements. Also, in some cases, course work may fulfill the requirements for both levels of certification. A meeting with your adviser will inform you of this option.

    The program in educational leadership at Clemson is nationally recognized by NCATE and approved by the state of South Carolina. As such, the program is standards-based. All courses in the program in educational leadership are grounded in the six ELCC standards: visionary leadership, instructional leadership, organizational leadership, collaborative leadership, ethical leadership and advocacy leadership. The program contains required assessments that measure both candidate content knowledge and professional skills knowledge. In addition, required assessments measure impact on student learning. All candidates must take a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the program. There are two different comprehensive exams: building level and district level. Candidates take the comprehensive exam (building or district) based on the certification that they are seeking. It is suggested that candidates sit for this examination in the last two semesters of their program of study.

    Typically, it takes two years to complete the program. Nearly all of our candidates are full-time employees in the public schools of South Carolina. They typically enroll in six credit hours (two classes) per semester including the summer sessions. During the fall and spring semesters, each class meets one night per week for two hours and 45 minutes. Classes during the summer terms meet multiple days each week for either four, six or eight weeks. The summer session classes meet during the day, except when those class meetings would conflict with a teacher’s contractual obligation. In that case, classes meet at night.

    Certification and Program Completion
    Please read the process description closely and contact the Office of Field and Clinical Experiences and Certification Coordinator, Bill Millar, if you have any questions. Errors at any step in the process will delay your licensure.

    1. Prior to program completion, take the Praxis II test 5411 Educational Leadership: Administration & Supervision
      • You may take this test anytime; we suggest you take it during your final two semesters.
      • Clemson University requires that the scores be sent directly from ETS. When registering for PRAXIS tests, candidates must request that scores be sent to both Clemson University (code 5111) and to the South Carolina State Department of Education (code 8108). Although you may make a request to ETS later, doing so may delay your licensure.
      • The Praxis II test is a South Carolina licensure requirement.  The same examination is required for building level and district level leadership.
    2. Complete all of your coursework.
    3. Submit the following information to Bill Millar:
      • Legal name
      • Full social security number*
      • CUID
      • Home address, city, state, and zip code
      • Graduation date
      • Degree (Med, EdS, PhD)
      • Elementary or Secondary level of licensure

    * The recommendation form requires your full social security number. In lieu of emailing us your SSN, you may provide your SSN over the phone, 864-656-7692, or in person to Bill Millar in 100 Tillman Hall.

    Download the Administration and Supervision Handbook

  • Faculty

    Buskey, Frederick Educational and Organizational Leadership Development 864-656-1498 bbuskey@clemson.edu
    D’Andrea, Kathryn Lee Educational Leadership leedand@clemson.edu
    First, Patricia F. Educational Leadership 864-656-0328 pfirst@clemson.edu
    Frady, Kris
    Educational Leadership 864-656-7089 frady@clemson.edu
    Klar, Hans
    Educational Leadership 864-656-5091 hklar@clemson.edu
    Knoeppel, Robert
    Department Chair
    Educational and Organizational Leadership Development 864-656-1882 rck@clemson.edu
    Lindle, Jane Clark
    Educational Leadership, Ph.D. P-12 864-508-0629 jlindle@clemson.edu
  • Upcoming Cohorts

    We work closely with our district partners and offer a number of cohorts in collaboration with local districts. We routinely offer cohort programs in partnership with WPEC, Anderson 1-5, Greenville County Schools, the School District of Pickens County, and Oconee County Schools.

    For more information on our current cohorts, please contact Alison Search.

  • Find Out More

    For more information, please fill out this form or visit the Clemson University Graduate School website. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Alison Search.