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To earn your Ed.S. in Educational Administration – Superintendent, you must successfully complete coursework, submit a professional portfolio and complete internship requirements. While the Ed.S. degree is intended to be completed as a cohort within a two-year timeframe, the actual completion of the program will depend on the student entry date, coursework offerings and the student’s personal and professional schedules.

Upon completion of the 30 semester hours, students must complete a professional portfolio containing artifacts from coursework projects that demonstrate competencies for the position of school superintendent as aligned to the Fredrikson School of Education and program standards. After successful completion of all program requirements, students become eligible to apply for the School Superintendent certification as specified in Administrative Rules of SD.

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Two-Year Plan*

The Ed.S. in Educational Administration/Superintendent program requires the successful completion of 30 graduate credits.

CoursesCredit HoursModality

EDU 600 Intro to District-Level Leadership

EDU 620 School Finance3On campus
BUS 520 Organizational Dynamics3Online
BUS 558 Current Issues in Management3On campus

EDU 615 Tech Applications for School Districts

Remote 3x per semester
EDU 630 Internship/Field Experience3On campus 1x per semester

EDU 625 Intergovernmental Relations

On campus 3x per semester

EDU 640 Curriculum and Assessment for School Districts

On campus 3x per semester

EDU 645 Administration of Special Education

3On campus 3x per semester

EDU 650 Educational Statistics

On campus 3x per semester

Comprehensive Portfolio


*Courses in the Ed.S. Superintendent program are offered on an every-other-year basis. Successful completion of the Ed.S. Superintendent program requires all students to complete and submit a comprehensive portfolio at the conclusion of their program.

In the above chart, some classes marked as online are considered remote, meaning designated synchronous online class meeting times are expected, and some are considered asynchronous, meaning no designated meeting times. Remote components to classes have the benefit of regular virtual access to fellow graduate students, the instructor, and a community feel, and asynchronous components allow for great flexibility for personal and professional schedules. Please contact with specific course questions. All USF instructors are trained in online pedagogy.

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When can I start?

This program is designed for students to begin in the fall, spring or summer semesters, except every other fall when only the internship is offered in odd numbered years (ex: Fall 2019, Fall 2021, etc.). Please contact USF if you have any questions—we are here to help!

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