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Master of Education: 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.

    M.Ed. 
    Clemson University’s Master of Education degree is a 36 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
  • Dispostions

    We are committed to recruiting and preparing leaders for diverse schools. We seek to attract candidates with specific qualities and to nurture and strengthen those qualities throughout the program. We value and are committed to the following dispositions:

    • Curious
    • Courageous
    • Resilient
    • Collaborative
    • Ethical
    • Committed to equity
    • Reflective
    • Critical
    • Culturally competent
  • Admission Requirements

    Our admissions process is holistic. A strong application will include an excellent letter of reference from your current administrator and evidence of leadership on your resume. 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 (scores 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

    Application deadlines:

    • April 10th for the summer semester
    • June 10th for the fall semester
    • November 10th for the spring semester

    To begin the application process, click the "Apply“ link. Materials can be submitted online, but any supporting materials must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that they can be officially processed and added to your file.

  • Program Requirements

    The program of study includes 36 credit hours. 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. Most courses meet from 5-7:45 and are scheduled for one evening a week. Faculty frequently take advantage of technology and run hybrid courses that meet 5-10 times a semester. 

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    Elementary Principal/Supervisor (K-8) Secondary Principal/Supervisor (6-12)
    EDL 7000 Introduction to Public School Admin* EDL 7000 Introduction to Public School Admin*
    EDL 7100 Organizational Theory EDL 7100 Organizational Theory
    EDL 7150 School and Community Relations EDL 7150 School and Community Relations
    EDL 7200 Human Resources Management EDL 7200 Human Resources Management
    EDL 7300 Supervision of Instruction EDL 7300 Supervision of Instruction
    EDL 7250 School Law EDL 7250 School Law
    EDL 7350 Program Evaluation EDL 7350 Program Evaluation
    EDL 7400 Curriculum Improvement for Admin EDL 7400 Curriculum Improvement for Admin
    EDL 7450 School Finance EDL 7450 School Finance
    EDL 8390 Research in Education EDL 8390 Research in Education
    EDL 7500 Elementary Internship I EDL 7550 Secondary Internship I
    EDL 7510 Elementary Internship II EDL 7560 Secondary Internship II

    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
    Hall, Daniella Educational and Organizational Leadership Development 864-656-3872 dhall5@clemson.edu
    Wilkerson, Reginald Educational and Organizational Leadership Development 864-656-3873 rdwilke@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.