MEd in Administration and Supervision
The master’s program (MEd) in educational administration and supervision at Clemson University is a 36-credit-hour program designed to lead to certification in South Carolina as a building-level leader. According to state regulation, there are two levels of 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.
At Clemson, we strive to prepare reflective educational leaders who are grounded in the literature. This guiding principle serves as the foundation for principal 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 are both nationally recognized scholars and former practitioners in the public schools. The faculty 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).
- 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.
Students may apply as degree seeking students or as non-degree seeking students (in the event that the student already holds a master’s degree). Students pursuing the non-degree option may complete the program requirements and obtain an “add on” for their teaching license. However, students are strongly encouraged to seek a degree while attending Clemson University. The degree holds additional professional recognition and is the least expensive option because tuition at Clemson is reduced for degree seeking students in the School of Education. Students who already hold a master’s degree may earn a second master's at Clemson or pursue an Education Specialist degree in educational administration and supervision (EdS).
Typically classes in the MEd in 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 VTC. The choice to use different technologies allows us to meet the myriad needs of learners around the state.
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.