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Educational Administration

Department of Education


The Education Administration Specialist (Ed.S.) Program is an applied degree program approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) for the licensing of principals and superintendents in Minnesota.

The mission of the program is to produce scholarly practitioners who can critically engage with the important questions in educational administration today. Our graduates articulate a clear vision of successful leadership and actively demonstrate a commitment to ensuring quality educational experiences for all teachers and students.

Please note that this program is no longer admitting new students. 

The principal’s license consists of a minimum of 35 credits:The superintendent's license consists of a minimum of 37 credits.
  • Core required courses = 22 credits
  • Principal specific courses = 6 credits
  • Portfolio and Intern credits = 7 credits
  • Core required courses = 22 credits
  • Superintendent specific courses = 6 credits
  • Portfolio and Intern credits = 7 credits
  • Field Experience credits= 2 credits

Core courses are delivered using a hybrid model of face-to-face and online delivery, depending on the nature of each course.  Students attend three face-to-face sessions per semester. This schedule shows the course rotation. 


UMD Graduate Program Goal Categories

The goals of this program are to help candidates:

  • Acquire greater content knowledge in administration at site and district levels.
  • Develop abilities for research in the field of educational administration.
  • Evolve a broadened professional background in areas related to systems, safety, assessment, and human interactions resulting in greater administrative acumen.
  • Increase levels of cultural competence.
  • Acquire Principal or Superintendent Licensure and an Ed.S. Degree. 

Questions? Please Contact: 

Brianne Vigen