EdS in School Systems, Superintendency and Leadership

Schools are facing a critical shortage of administrators. That shortage will continue to increase dramatically as two million of Missouri's 2.6 million administrators are expected to retire in the next five years. To respond to this need, Webster University offers the graduate-level educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) to prepare students for educational leadership positions of tomorrow. It can be earned in 33 credit hours and in two and a half years if you attend one class per term.

Coursework, action research, and internship experiences enable you to develop and demonstrate competencies required to move from a specific focus in teaching, curriculum, or support services in schools to the broader view of the educational leader in the community. The Ed.S. program encourages educators to think outside the box, seek solutions to challenges in schooling, to make the world different, and find the courage to do what is best for all students.

Students in the School Systems Superintendency and Leadership major can work toward a superintendent certificate. After successful completion of state-required assessment activities, students can apply for administrative certification.

Points of Distinction

  • Approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Webster's Ed.S. degree programs provide many opportunities for those who wish to increase their knowledge and skills beyond the master's level.
  • Our programs are grounded in the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards, Missouri Professors of Education Administration (MPEA), and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
  • Faculty members are all experienced school administrators and are carefully hand selected for their beliefs and commitment to the philosophy, vision, mission, and goals of the program.
  • Small classes of 10-15 students also ensure personal and professional growth.
  • Webster University's worldwide context provides insight on global teaching advancements and techniques.
  • Webster University's WorldClassRoom offer courses and programs that you can participate in any time of day or night; from anywhere you have a computer with Internet access, such as work, home, or the library.

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