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.
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.