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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

    The Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in educational administration and supervision at Clemson University is a 30-credit-hour program designed to lead to certification in South Carolina as either a building level (principal) or district level leader (superintendent). According to state regulation, there are two levels of building level certification that candidates may obtain as a result of program completion: Elementary Principal/Supervisor (grades K-8) or Secondary Principal/Supervisor (grades 6-12). The level of administrative certification that candidates may earn is contingent upon their current teaching certification. Candidates are only eligible to obtain building level certification after successfully completing three years of successful teaching experience. Candidates may add district level leadership after three years of successful leadership experience. Both certifications are available (building or district) in the Ed.S. program. In addition, candidates may choose to seek both certifications. This will require more course work than the minimum 30-hour program.

    This program incorporates the academic requirements for certification as a principal and supervisor in South Carolina. The program involves traditional classwork, online assignments, field-based assignments and interactive learning experiences. A comprehensive written examination is required for graduation, and you must complete the program within six years, although most students earn their degrees much more quickly.

    Educational Specialist
    The Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development at Clemson University offers a NCATE-accredited program of graduate study leading to the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in administration and supervision. This program fulfills the certification requirements of states that require the completion of a nationally accredited two-year program of study for certification as a central office administrator/superintendent.

    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. For more information about the ELCC standards, please visit NCATE.org. 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.

    Ed.S. en route to the Ph.D.
    Doctoral students in the educational leadership (EDL) program who do not have an Ed.S. in administration and supervision from Clemson University may apply to receive the Ed.S. en route to the Ph.D. This also means that Ed.S. candidates may apply for the Ph.D. program and, if accepted, count most of their Ed.S. program hours toward the doctorate as long as the candidate enters the doctoral program prior to completing the Ed.S. The following conditions apply:

    • The student must have satisfied the approved program of study for the Education Specialist degree, which leads to either building-level or district-level leadership certification. This includes passing the building-level or district-level leadership certification comprehensive exam, or completing EDL 735 in the building level program.
    • The student must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above).
    • The degree may be awarded after completion of the doctoral comprehensive exam, unless the student decides to abandon plans of earning the doctoral degree.
    • Should the student decide to abandon plans to earn the doctoral degree and the Ed.S. degree is awarded, the credits applied toward the Ed.S. can no longer be applied to the doctoral credit requirements.
  • Program Goals

    At Clemson, we strive to prepare reflective educational leaders who are grounded in the literature. This guiding principle serves as the foundation for principal preparation. Upon program completion, we hope that students are caring, capable leaders with the dispositions to bring needed change to educational settings to meet the learning needs of all children.

    Goals for candidates for educational leadership degrees and professional endorsements include the following:

    • Create new knowledge which is pertinent to educational leadership across a variety of P-16 institutions and organizations.
    • Demonstrate knowledge, dispositions and skills of educational leadership.
    • Apply knowledge, dispositions and skills ethically to ensure educational opportunities for all.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the dominant, most current research and theory pertaining to educational leadership, including organizational, institutional and instructional theories and research.
    • Utilize opportunities to work with scholars and expert practitioners through formal and informal opportunities.

    Goals for faculty in educational leadership programs include the following:

    • Demonstrate a repertoire of instructional strategies suited to their fields of expertise.
    • Accommodate candidates’ general needs as adult learners and individual learning requirements due to style, abilities or disabilities.
    • Engage candidates in active learning of concepts and theories and require immediate application in the field.
    • Include candidates in ongoing scholarship that expands knowledge about educational leadership, improves teaching and learning, and enhances public support for educational institutions.

    Goals for scholarship in educational leadership include the following:

    • Faculty work with colleagues and candidates to create a community of scholars focused on the enhancement of teaching and learning and the contributions of educational institutions to their stakeholders.
    • Faculty continuously seek to fulfill Clemson’s land-grant mission through public service and research of benefit to South Carolina, the region and nation.
  • 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

    ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION, M.ED./ED.S.

    Greenville County - NOW ENROLLING FOR SUMMER 2017


    *Non-GCS employees are able to join the courses through normal means.

    Upcoming Information Sessions:

    University Center of Greenville

    • February 8, 2017 (5:30 pm)
    • March 15, 2017 (5:30 pm)

    Online

    • February 23, 2017 (5:30 pm)

    Click HERE to RSVP for an upcoming informational session.

    Anderson County- NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2017


    Upcoming Information Sessions: TBA

  • 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.