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Administration and Supervision M.Ed. / Ed.S (Online)

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.

The GRE is no longer required for admission. See Admission Requirements for more detail.

  • Overview

    Our online Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Administration and Supervision programs are for experienced educators who want to learn how to serve students and communities collaboratively and to acquire the necessary skills to solve the complex problems facing schools today. The M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs combine the educational excellence that Clemson University is known for with the flexibility that many educators need. The programs enable students to earn an advanced degree in educational leadership. The Ed.S. is a post-Master’s degree and is appropriate for people who already have a Master's degree. Our graduates become principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and serve in a wide variety of building-level and district-level leadership roles. New cohorts begin every fall. The GRE is no longer required for admission.

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) Options- Building Level

    The M.Ed. offers three degree options, which consist 36 credit hours.Option 1: M.Ed.  with South Carolina building-level certification 
    Option 1 is for certified South Carolina educators. This option includes a 30-hour core and two internships and leads to either elementary or secondary building-level administrative certification. 

    Option 2: M.Ed. with potential for out-of-state building-level certification*  
    Option 2 is for educators certified in a state other than South Carolina. In this option, students may be able to apply for certification in their own state by completing Clemson’s 30-hour core and transferring in six internship credit hours from another accredited program. 

    *Clemson’s M.Ed. is fully accredited in South Carolina. Educators interested in receiving certification in another state are responsible for consulting with their state education agencies to determine their specific certification requirements.

    Option 3: M.Ed. 
    Option 3 is for educators desiring an educational leadership degree without certification. In this option, students may take the 30-hour core and add two graduate-level electives. Students may choose from a range of electives taught online from across Clemson’s College of Education. These courses are in areas such as athletic leadership, human resource development, online instructional design, literacy, and STEAM, and may be used to earn additional certifications. More information about these courses can be found online at https://www.clemson.edu/education/. Students may also transfer in the six credit hours from another accredited university.

  • Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Options- Building Level

    The Ed.S. offers three degree options, which consist of 30 or 36 credit hours.Option 1: Ed.S. with South Carolina building-level certification

    Option 1 is for certified South Carolina educators. This option includes a 30-hour core and two internships and leads to either elementary or secondary building-level administrative certification.

    Option 2: Ed.S. with potential for out-of-state building-level certification**

    Option 2 is for educators certified in a state other than South Carolina. In this option, students may be able to apply for certification in their own state by completing Clemson’s 30-hour core and transferring in six internship credit hours from another accredited program.  

    **Clemson’s Ed.S. is fully accredited in South Carolina. Educators interested in receiving certification in another state are responsible for consulting with their state education agencies to determine their specific certification requirements.

    Option 3: Ed.S. 

    Option 3 is for educators desiring an educational leadership degree without certification. In this option, students simply complete the 30-hour core.

  • Benefits of Earning a Degree with Clemson University

    Our online program offers convenience and flexibility, with the same high-quality learning experience associated with Clemson’s face-to-face programs. The two-year, 12-course program includes a strong emphasis on instructional leadership and building equitable schools. Students take two, eight-week courses a semester with field experiences embedded in each course. In the latter half of the program, students apply what they are learning in the program to address a problem of practice in an educational setting they are familiar with. 

    In addition to being recognized for their scholarship and service to local school districts, Clemson’s faculty have diverse P-12 teaching and leadership experiences and work closely with school and district leaders to bring timely and relevant content to courses.

  • Admission Requirements

    The Administration and Supervision programs accept new applicants for the Fall term only at this time. Admission is evaluated following the deadlines listed below.

    Application Deadlines

    All application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines

    M.Ed. and Ed.S. building-level programs (new cohort starts every fall)

    • January 15, priority deadline
      • Applications will be reviewed for early decisions
    • March 1, traditional deadline
      • Complete applications should be submitted by this date for full consideration

     

    Ed.S. district-level program (next cohort starts summer 2020)

    • January 15, priority deadline
      • Applications will be reviewed for early decisions
    • March 1, traditional deadline
      • Complete applications should be submitted by this date for full consideration

     

    Application Requirements

    To be considered for the program, applicants must:

    • Have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a recognized international university with a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a US bachelor’s.
    • Submit a Graduate School application which requires:
      • Unofficial transcript(s) (Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program.)
      • A current resume
      • Three letters of reference
      • A personal statement (Prompts will be provided within the application.)
      • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the last five years. Note, in lieu of the GRE, any one of the following will also be accepted:
        • A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last degree earned
        • At least five years of classroom teaching experience with at least two years in a leadership position (e.g. subject or team leader, department chair, after school program coordinator)
        • Alternative graduate level exam (e.g. MAT, LSAT, & MCAT)


    Important Program Information

    Requirements for Option 1 (South Carolina building-level certification)

    • Valid teaching certificate 
    • Two years of teaching experience
    • Two of the letters of reference must be from an administrator

    Students seeking building-level certification in South Carolina, or any other state in the United States, should consult the relevant educational authorities for information regarding certification requirements.

    Official transcripts will be required for all options if recommended for admission.

    Given the applied nature of the Ed.S. and M.Ed., students must be working in or have access to an educational setting. 

    If applicable, official test results are required from the Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official.

    The Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Psychological Corporation do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you must retake the test and have official scores sent directly to Clemson University. The GRE revised General Test is offered year-round at testing centers worldwide. Advance registration for tests is required. More information about the GRE can be found here -  http://gre.org.

    Additional information concerning supporting materials can be found at: https://www.clemson.edu/graduate/admissions/preparing-to-apply/supporting-materials.html

  • Program Requirements- M.Ed.- Building Level

    The M.Ed. consists of 12 courses, totaling 36 hours, with a ten-course, 30-credit core. The six-semester program can be completed in 24 months with two courses offered each fall, spring and summer. All courses are taken online and have field-based learning experiences embedded in them. The course sequence features a developmental approach to leadership in schools and communities with attention to the effects of rurality, poverty, and race on learning conditions and on student and community development. For those seeking certification, two internships are required. Non-certification students may choose from elective courses in programs across Clemson’s College of Education or transfer in electives from other programs. As the M.Ed. includes many applied experiences, students must be working in or have access to an educational setting.

    - First Year -

    Fall
    EDL 7000 – Introduction to School Leadership
    EDL 7050 – Contemporary Issues in School Leadership

    Spring
    EDL 7200 – School Personnel Development
    EDL 7250 – Law and Ethics for School Leaders

    Summer
    EDL 7100 – Organizational Improvement in School Leadership
    EDL 7300 – Instructional Leadership I

    - Second Year -

    Fall
    EDL 7400 – Instructional Leadership II
    EDL 7500/7550– School Internship I or Elective

    Spring
    EDL 7150 – Community Relations for School Leaders
    EDL 7450 – Resource Management for School Leaders

    Summer
    EDL 7350 – Program Evaluation for School Leaders
    EDL 7510/7560– School Internship II or Elective

    *Internship is only required for those seeking South Carolina certification (option 1)

  • Program Requirements- Ed.S.- Building Level

    Building-Level Certification
    The Ed.S. consists of a 10-course, 30-credit core, with two additional internship courses required for those seeking building-level certification. The six-semester program can be completed in 24 months with two courses offered each fall, spring and summer. All courses are taken online and have field-based learning experiences embedded in them. The course sequence features a developmental approach to leadership in schools and communities with attention to the effects of rurality, poverty, and race on learning conditions and on student and community development. For those seeking certification, two internships are required. As the Ed.S. includes many applied experiences, students must be working in or have access to an educational setting.

    First Year

    Fall
    EDL 7000 – Introduction to School Leadership
    EDL 7050 – Contemporary Issues in School Leadership

    Spring
    EDL 7200 – School Personnel Development
    EDL 7250 – Law and Ethics for School Leaders

    Summer
    EDL 7100 – Organizational Improvement in School Leadership
    EDL 7300 – Instructional Leadership I

    Second Year

    Fall
    EDL 7400 – Instructional Leadership II
    EDL 7500/7550– School Internship I or Elective

    Spring
    EDL 7150 – Community Relations for School Leaders
    EDL 7450 – Resource Management for School Leaders

    Summer
    EDL 7350 – Program Evaluation for School Leaders
    EDL 7510/7560– School Internship II or Elective

    *Internship is only required for those seeking South Carolina certification (option 1)

  • Program Requirements- Ed.S.- District Level

    District-Level Certification
    The district-level Ed.S. consists of a 10-course, 30-credit core, which includes two sequenced internship courses required for those seeking district-level certification. The six-semester program can be completed in 24 months with two courses offered each fall, spring and summer. All courses are taken online and have field-based learning experiences embedded in them. The course sequence features a developmental approach to leadership in schools and communities with attention to the effects of rurality, poverty, and race on learning conditions and on student and community development. For those seeking certification, two internships are required. For those interested in the degree-only, two elective courses approved by the student’s advisor and two advising committee members, may be substituted for the two, sequenced internships. As the Ed.S. includes many applied experiences, students must be working in or have access to an educational setting.

    - First Year -

    Summer
    EDL 8050- Advanced Educational Leadership: Theory and Practice 
    EDL 8150- The Superintendency

    Fall 
    EDL 8100- School Facilities Planning
    EDL 8200- Politics of Education

    Spring
    EDL 8390- Research Methods in Educational Leadership
    EDL 9250- School System Instructional Leadership

    - Second Year -

    Summer
    EDL 8300- Finance in School Systems
    EDL 8400- Field Problems in School Administration and Supervision of Instruction

    Fall
    With District Level Certification
    EDL 8500- Internship in School System Leadership I
    EDL 8510- Internship in School System Leadership 2

    Degree-Only (no certification)
    Two: elective courses, approved by advisor & two Ed.S. advising committee members

  • Online Environment

    Clemson University uses the most advanced online technology to provide a rich, supportive, and seamless learning environment. Asynchronous course elements allow students to access the course content and meet the deadlines for completing each learning module at their convenience. Synchronous elements promote student interaction and the development of a true learning community. Students are provided with timely support from instructors and technology personnel so that learning is maximized. Clemson University uses the Canvas learning.

  • Financial Information

    As a top 25 university, Clemson University continually strives for unsurpassed quality offered at an economical price.

    Tuition and Fees

    Explore information on tuition and fees using the Student Financial Services’ tuition and fee calculator. (Be sure to choose the ‘online’ tab at the top of the page.)

    SC Teacher Incentive

    The Administration and Supervision M.Ed. and Ed.S. offers a South Carolina Teacher Incentive reducing tuition by 10% for all in-state SC K-12 teachers and leaders.

    Financial Aid

    For information regarding Financial Aid, please contact the office of Student Financial Aid.

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M.Ed. brochure
Read the brochure for the Master of Education: Administration and Supervision with Building-level Certification degree

 

Ed.S. Brochure
Ed.S. Degree Program Overview

 

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