Administration and Supervision


Degrees Offered



The School of Education at Clemson University offers an 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.  This program incorporates the academic requirements for certification as a principal and supervisor in South Carolina.

At Clemson, we strive to prepare reflective educational leaders who are grounded in the literature. This guiding principle serves as the foundation for building level and district level leadership 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 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. 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.

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.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The Education 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 coursework than the minimum 30-hour program.

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, coursework may fulfill the requirements for both levels of certification. A meeting with your adviser will inform you of this option.

Typically classes in the 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 Teleconferencing Conferencing. The choice to use different technologies allows us to meet the myriad needs of learners around the state.  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. 


Goals for scholarship in educational leadership:

  • Faculty work with colleagues and candidates to create a community of scholars focused on the enhancement of teaching and learning and the contributions of educational institutions to their stakeholders
  • Faculty continuously seek to fulfill Clemson’s land grant mission through public service and research of benefit to South Carolina, the region and nation


Required Documents


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.


Program Contact(s)

  • Alison Search
  • Office: University Center of Greenville
  • Phone: (864) 250-8880
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)