Educational Administration

Graduate Faculty Top of Page

Tanzeem Ali, Assistant Professor
Carol Brown, Associate Professor
Mary Burdge, Senior Lecturer
Mary Churchill, Associate Professor
Suzanne Griffith, Professor, Chair
Terri Kronzer, Professor
Bhesh Mainali, Assistant Professor
Mary Lee Nichols, Associate Professor
John Paul, Associate Professor
Matthew Ridenour, Assistant Professor
Brian Welsh, Assistant Professor
Amanda Zbacnik, Assistant Professor

Contributing Graduate Faculty

Randy Barker
Tamara Bergum
Amy Fullerton
Susan Larson Kidd
Lee Oling
Chad Trowbridge

Master of Science in Education in Educational Administration Top of Page

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree program in Educational Administration is designed for individuals with limited administrative experience who are seeking initial professional preparation and certification for school leadership positions in:

  • PK-12 Director of Instruction
  • PK-12 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
  • PK-12 Principalship

The EDAD program knowledge base for the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration is anchored by a theme of Reflective Scholar Constructivists who are Community Leaders Capable of Knowledge-Based Decision-Making consistent with Wisconsin Administrative Standards and approved by the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide advanced level professionals with:

  1. Basic theory, research and wisdoms of professional practice of educational administration and educational leadership.
  2. Advanced graduate coursework required to meet professional certification standards.
  3. Professional preparation for entry into specialized educational administrative positions.

Specialist Degree in Education in Educational Administration Top of Page

The Specialist Degree in Educational Administration (Ed.S.) is designed as a planned professional program for educational administrators. Administrators seeking admission to the program may wish to increase their competencies or satisfy certification requirements for present professional positions or positions with new and increased responsibilities. The Ed.S. degree is an action, research-based, postgraduate degree. The program graduate will possess an advanced knowledge base that is grounded by current theory, research and wisdoms of professional practice for one's area of specialization within the program. Acquired research and statistical methodological skills are program requirements for the awarding of this degree. The focus of the Specialist program is to provide career educational administrators with an amalgamation of advanced theoretical concepts, specialized professional skills, and technical knowledge. The Specialist Degree is the terminal degree at UW-Superior that requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester credits beyond the master's level.

The programs of advanced specialization for the postgraduate Specialist Degree is School District Administrator (Superintendent)

The program for the Ed.S. in Educational Administration is designed to provide career education administration professionals with:

  1. Development of advanced specialized professional skills for present and/or anticipated future professional leadership positions.
  2. Knowledge to apply theoretical concepts which relate to the professional and ethical role of the practitioner.
  3. Background in active research and statistical methodology to provide a utilitarian understanding of applied research for informed decision making.

Specialist Degree Admission Procedure

Admission to the Specialist Degree program will be processed only after all required information and application materials are on file. Students will be admitted under the policies of the UW-Superior Graduate Catalog current as of date of admission to the Ed.S. program. Any student who applies and is admitted to the Ed.S. degree program but fails to attend the university within one calendar year shall have to reapply for admission.

Application for Admission to Graduate Studies

Application for admission to post-graduate study must be initiated by contacting the UW-Superior Office of Graduate Studies.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  1. Current professional résumé or vita.
  2. Written evidence of three years of teaching experience or equivalent. The School Business Manager is exempt from this requirement. Three years of teaching experience is required prior to administrative endorsement by the UW-Superior Certification Office.
  3. Masters degree from an accredited college or university.
  4. On the basis of a 4.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) evaluation scale: Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 and minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. Maintain minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA for all educational administration graduate coursework.
  6. All necessary papers and information filed with the Graduate Studies Office.

Advisement and Graduate Faculty Committee

Following initial admission to the Ed.S. program, the Educational Administration Department chair shall assign the Ed.S. student an advisor.

Ed.S. Internship Requirement

All Ed.S. students must complete a semester long internship for a total of 160 hours in the superintendency. Students must make written application to and obtain approval from the Educational Administration Director of Field experiences. Additionally, students must have written pre-approval from a practicing educational administrator with a District Administrator license who will serve in an on-site supervisory capacity with mentoring responsibility.

The internship is scheduled for an academic school semester. Enrolled students are also expected to attend an internship seminar during the academic year held online.

Ed.S. in Educational Administration Program Standards

Each postgraduate student shall complete three degree program requirements for the Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration:

  1. Educational Administration Department's required coursework.
  2. A 3 credit internship in a superintendency
  3. Comprehensive examination in the superintendency.
  4. An e-portfolio as required by PI 34. The portfolio is designed to reflect and integrate and demonstrate performance of the seven Wisconsin Administrative Standards.
  5. An Administrative Analysis based on statistical methods and active research.

Educational Administration Ed.S. Program Coursework

School Human Resources -- 3.00 credits
The Superintendency -- 3.00 credits
Facilities Planning and Utilization -- 3.00 credits
Diverse School Community Relations -- 3.00 credits
School Finance and Resource Allocation -- 3.00 credits
Professional Ethics for School Administrators -- 3.00 credits
Politics Of Education -- 3.00 credits
Internship: Superintendency -- 1.50 credits
(two modules are required for 3 credits)

Statistical Methods Research -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Administrative Analysis -- 3.00 credits

  • To be certified as a superintendent in Wisconsin a candidate should hold or be eligible to hold a principal license.
  • Wisconsin Administrative Standards required courses:
    Postgraduate students are required to meet all seven Wisconsin Administrative Standards. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one Wisconsin Administrative Standard. Students may take 700-level or 800-level coursework to fulfill a standard. Additionally, at the student's advisor's best professional judgment, a student may be required to complete a specific course to fulfill a standard.

    Ed.S. candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester credits beyond the master's degree.

Admission Procedures Top of Page

Application for admission to graduate study in Educational Administration must be initiated by contacting the UW-Superior Office of Graduate Studies.

Note: Failure or delays in meeting these requirements are often the reason for delays in admission to Graduate Studies. Admission will not be granted until all requirements are achieved.

Admission Requirements

  1. A professional resume or vitae providing documentation of three years of teaching experience or equivalent. (School Business Administrator is exempt from this requirement. The three years of teaching experience is required prior to administrative endorsement by the UW-Superior Institutional Certification Office.
  2. A cumulative 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Undergraduate degree transcript

Licensure Requirements

In addition to completing requisite coursework, the following requirements must also be met:

  1. A Masters degree (or concurrently completing with the Certificate).
  2. Completion of an approved program leading to licensure, holding or being eligible to hold any license to teach or work as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker at the early childhood through adolescence level, and
  3. Evidence of three years of successful full-time classroom teaching at any of the grades at the early childhood through adolescence level or work as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker, which includes evidence of at least 540 hours of successful teaching experience.

Admission Categories

Educational Administration admission requirements may exceed those required of other graduate programs of the UW-Superior. A potential graduate student may take a maximum of nine credits in the EDAD program as a Special Student before unconditional admission.

Note: No student shall be awarded a graduate degree in Educational Administration until the student has achieved unconditional admission status, and completed application for a graduate degree.

Degree Requirements

30 total graduate credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater

M.S.E. Program Components

Each student shall complete five degree program requirements for the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration which include:

  • Educational Administration Department's course requirements
  • Four (1.5 credit) practicums for a total of six credits and 320 hours in one's area of specialization.
  • Comprehensive examination in one's area of specialization.
  • An e-portfolio as required by PI 34. The portfolio is designed to reflect, integrate and demonstrate-performance of the seven Wisconsin Administrative Standards.
  1. Educational Administration M.S.E. Program Coursework

    PK-12 Principalship required courses (30 credits required)
    Administrative Leadership -- 3.00 credits
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits
    School Business Administration -- 3.00 credits
    The Principalship -- 3.00 credits
    Diversity and Social Justice in Schools -- 3.00 credits
    Conflict Resolution and Mediation in K-12 Educational Settings -- 3.00 credits
    School Law -- 3.00 credits
    Practicum - PreK-12 Principal -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum - PreK-12 Principal -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum - PreK-12 Principal -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum - PreK-12 Principal -- 1.50 credits


    Director of Special Education and Pupil Services required courses (30 credits required)
    Administrative Leadership -- 3.00 credits
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits
    School Business Administration -- 3.00 credits
    Diversity and Social Justice in Schools -- 3.00 credits
    Administration and Supervision Of Special Education and Pupil Services -- 3.00 credits
    Conflict Resolution and Mediation in K-12 Educational Settings -- 3.00 credits
    Special Education Law -- 3.00 credits
    Practicum- Director of Special Education -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum- Director of Special Education -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum- Director of Special Education -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum- Director of Special Education -- 1.50 credits


    PK-12 Director of Instruction required courses (30 credits required
    The Director of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Administrative Leadership -- 3.00 credits
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits
    School Business Administration -- 3.00 credits
    Diversity and Social Justice in Schools -- 3.00 credits
    Conflict Resolution and Mediation in K-12 Educational Settings -- 3.00 credits
    School Law -- 3.00 credits
    Practicum - Director of Instruction -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum - Director of Instruction -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum - Director of Instruction -- 1.50 credits
    Practicum - Director of Instruction -- 1.50 credits


     
  2. Practicum Requirement

    All M.S.E. students must complete a year-long, (four 1.5 credit) practicums for a minimum of 320 hours in their area of specialization. Students must make written application to and obtain prior approval from the director of EDAD field experiences. Additionally, students must have written pre-approval from a licensed school administrator (i.e. within the area of licensure) who will serve in an on-site supervisory capacity with mentoring responsibility. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a minimum of nine semester credits in Educational Administration graduate coursework.

    The practicum is scheduled for one entire academic year. Enrolled students are expected to attend two practicum seminars (fall and spring) held online. The first field experience will be for a total of six credits and any future field experience for an add-on administrative certification will be for three credits.

Standards-Based Professional Development for School Leaders Knowledges -- Performances

Wisconsin Administrative Standards Coursework

The student is required to meet all seven Wisconsin Administrative standards; however, one or more of the above prescribed course requirements may be substituted by the student's advisor if the substitution meets the standard. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one Wisconsin Administrative standard. Courses are numerically assigned to comply with a standard and are listed below by standard. Additionally, at the student's advisor's best professional judgment, a graduate student may be required to complete a specific course to fulfill a standard.

The seven administrator standards for administrator development and licensure are:

  1. The administrator has an understanding of and demonstrates competence in the ten teaching standards. Aligns with administrative standards.
  2. The administrator leads by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by the school community.
  3. The administrator manages by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to pupil learning and staff professional growth.
  4. The administrator ensures management of the organization, operations, finances, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  5. The administrator models collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  6. The administrator acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  7. The administrator understands, responds to, and interacts with the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that affects schooling.

Plans of Study

Students must consult with their graduate advisor to obtain an approved Plan of Study.

Certification-Only Graduate Students

Persons possessing a master's degree in an area other than educational administration may be recommended for certification by completion of the approved program at UW-Superior. Graduate coursework from the student's earned master's degree may be applied -- where appropriate -- to satisfy certification requirements of the approved program. Coursework, however, must clearly parallel those approved program requirements to substitute for such.

Note: Certification-only graduate students are required to file an admission to EDAD certification form with the Graduate Studies Office. This is a parallel requirement to degree-seeking candidates, who must file an application with the Graduate Studies Office. Upon completing the certification-only requirements, it is the responsibility of the graduate student to obtain written verification of such from the advisor and submit such to the Certification Office with appropriate license application materials.

Graduate coursework earned at an accredited institution of higher education other than UW-Superior pertinent to the intended certification shall not be transferred into the student's UW-Superior official academic record.

Although prior master's degree graduate coursework may satisfy certain specific approved program requirements, prior master's degree earned graduate coursework shall not be used to meet the minimum required graduate credits for a M.S.E. in Educational Administration.

Students seeking educational administration certification in this manner shall complete all requirements of the approved program including:

  1. Admission to the Educational Administration program.
  2. Certification coursework plan filed with advisor.
  3. Submission of advisor-verified certification-only plan with certification application materials.