The Master of Education in educational administration and supervision at Clemson University is a 36 credit hour program designed to lead to certification in South Carolina as a building level leader. According to state regulation, there are two levels of 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.
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.
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.
The Master of Education degree in administration and supervision prepares individuals as elementary or secondary school administrators or supervisors. The program provides both a theoretical and field-based foundation in educational leadership with a focus on leading instructional improvement for the benefit of all P-12 students.
Typically classes in the M.Ed. in administration and supervision programs are offered as cohorts and are delivered as contract classes in school districts around the Upstate. Students may also take classes on the Clemson campus. In addition, we offer some classes in an online environment or through the use of video conferencing. The choice to use different technologies allows us to meet the myriad needs of learners around the state.
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 12 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.