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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.


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

The core requirements will be offered once every two years, leading to an open cohort of students progressing through the curriculum.  Students will be admitted to the cohort every year with the number of admissions in alternate years depending on the number of active students enrolled in the courses.

Core courses are delivered using a hybrid model of face-to-face and online delivery, depending on the nature of each course.  The schedule illustrates the course rotation and anticipated amount of face-to-face class attendance required for each course.  Class meetings will be scheduled on weekends.


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. 

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Program Contact Information

Ed.S. Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Charles Rick

EduE 152


Graduate Program Coordinator

Brianne Vigen

EduE 156