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.
Program graduates must meet all certification requirements as set forth by the South Carolina Department of Education. Currently, these include earning an appropriate score on the PRAXIS in educational administration and having three years of successful classroom teaching experience with at least one year at the level of anticipated certification.
This program will consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of ELS Language Center’s level 112 English as a Second Language (ESL) program. More information can be found on the ELS Conditional Admission page or by visiting the ELS Language Center website.
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
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 (npbea.org/ELCC/ELCCStandards%20_5-02.pdf). The program contains required assessments that measure both candidate content knowledge and professional skills knowledge. In addition, required assessments measure impact on student learning.
The School of Education has a variety of graduate assistantships offered and it is a competitive process. Assistantships are not rewarded in conjunction with our admission process but based on the accepted applicant pool. If you are interested in a particular assistantship we would encourage you to apply as early as possible to be considered for all assistantships offered.
These positions are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the position supervisor.