EdS in Administration and Supervision
The Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in educational edministration 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 EdS program. In addition, candidates may choose to seek both certifications. This will require more coursework than the minimum 30-hour program.
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.
Our faculty includes both nationally recognized scholars and former practitioners in the public schools. Faculty members have expertise in instructional leadership, the law, education finance, state accountability policy, curriculum development, assessment, school and community relations, the politics of education, school leadership and organizational theory and change. Faculty bring these areas of expertise to each class and attempt to craft meaningful learning experiences that are applicable to the everyday practice of school leadership.
In order to gain admission, students must complete an application for admission on the Clemson University graduate school website. The following are required elements of the application:
- A completed Clemson University Graduate School application.
- An official transcript from your undergraduate institution(s).
- An official transcript from your graduate institution (if applicable).
- The GRE exam (scores must be no more than five years old).
- A statement of interest in the program. Please tell us why you want to pursue a career in educational leadership and also tell us why Clemson may be the right fit to help you reach your career goals.
- Two letters of reference.
Typically classes in the EdS in administration and supervision programs are offered both on the Clemson campus and at the University Center in Greenville. Based on interest, we can deliver these classes as cohorts through school districts across the state. Most classes do meet face to face, but there are also online classes available.
Typically, it takes two years to complete the program. Nearly all of our candidates are full-time employees in the public schools of South Carolina. They typically enroll in six credit hours (two classes) per semester including the summer sessions. Classes during the fall and spring semesters meet one night per week for two hours and 45 minutes each in the evenings. Classes during the summer terms meet multiple days each week for either four, six or eight weeks. The summer session classes meet during the day except when those class meetings would conflict with a teacher’s contractual obligation. In that case, classes meet at night.