It's time to take your education career to the next level.

If you're a superintendent, principal, or career special education director, this program trains you for the next step in your career. Southeast's specialist degree accommodates busy schedules of practicing educators like you with our 100% fully online program. 

Since Southeast has been preparing educators since 1873, you can feel confident in our history, our reputation, and our accreditation. We're consistently recognized for academic excellence by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings for institutions in the Midwest and fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. 

What to Expect

As a specialist administration student, you will learn the tools to become transformative leaders who develop high quality programs to inspire, empower, and prepare students to succeed. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Participate in an innovative project-based learning curriculum 
  • Continue working,and balancing life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses. 
  • Engage in productive learning relationships with students from a variety of districts. 
  • Gain real-world experience with an internship experience in your district. 

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education

"Teachers can play pivotal roles in fostering knowledgeable, passionate, equity-minded, critically thinking, and risk-taking change makers. Through our interactions, our modeling, and our teaching approaches, we can help cultivate these qualities in our students. My experiences living and teaching overseas have intensified my enthusiasm for helping students recognize the roles they play in their local and global communities. "

Dr. Sarah Lillo

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Ed.S. Educational Administration Curriculum

The degree program is designed to be completed in five semesters including summer. Students should contact an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress. Students may begin the degree during any semester.

Admission Requirements

  • A graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The master's degree must be appropriate to the student's educational objective. If not, the student will be required to take additional graduate work before regular admission is granted.
  • A valid professional teaching certificate

Required Courses – 30 hours plus prerequisites

Choose One of the Following Specialty Areas:

  • EA707 Personnel Management in Education (3)
  • EA709 Leadership and Communications (3)
  • EA710 Leading District Improvement (3)
  • EA737 Administration of Curriculum (3)
  • EA743 Data for Continuous Improvement (3)
  • EA755 Ethics, Law, and Policy (3)
  • EA756 Financial Management and Leadership (3)
  • EA760 Internship I: Specialist Level (3)
  • EA761 Internship II: Specialist Level (3)
  • EA785 School Plant Planning and Operation (3)
  • EA707 Personnel Management and Leadership (3)
  • EA709 Leadership & Communications (3)
  • EA710 Leading District Improvement (3)
  • EA737 Administration of Curriculum (3)
  • EA743 Data for Continuous Improvement (3)
  • EA755 Ethics, Law, and Policy (3)
  • EA756 Financial Management & Leadership (3)
  • EA785 School Plant Planning and Operation (3)

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • EA760 Internship I: Specialist Level (3)
  • EA761 Internship II: Specialist Level (3)

With one year of experience as a building level principal or special education director, choose 6 hours of coursework from the following list:

  • EA716 Innovative Practices in Teacher Leadership (3)
  • EA718 Instructional Leadership Strategies (3)
  • EA721 Data Driven Leadership for School Improvement (3)
  • EA722 Equity in Educational Leadership Practices (3)
  • EA727 Curriculum Development & Alignment (3)

Prerequisite Courses - 0-33 hours

NOTE: All prerequisites must be completed before any 700 level classes. Prerequisites are the courses required for principal certification.

  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child
  • EA625 Foundations of Educational Administration
  • EA630 Elementary Administration
  • EA635 Secondary Administration
  • EA634 Supervision
  • EA653 Curriculum for Educational Leaders
  • EA646 & 656 Elementary Internship I & Internship II
  • EA647 & EA657 Secondary Internship I & Internship II
  • EA651 School Law
  • EA655 School Business/Facilities Management/Public Relations
  • EA660 Administration and Supervision of Special Education
  • GR691 Methods of Research
The degree requirements in Educational Administration are based on (1) the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), (2) the National Education Leadership Preparation standards (NELP), and (3) the Missouri Leaders Standards

Semester 1:

  • EA710 Leading District Improvement
  • EA707 Personnel Mgmt.

Semester 2:

  • EA755 Ethics, Law & Policy
  • EA756 Financial Mgmt. and Leadership

Semester 3:

  • EA709 Leadership and Communication
  • EA737 Administration of Curriculum

Semester 4:

  • EA785 School Plant Planning and Operation
  • EA760 Internship I: Specialist

Semester 5:

  • EA743 Data for Continuous Improvement
  • EA761 Internship II: Specialist

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

What Can You Do with a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration?

The Specialist in Educational Administration Program prepares students to work in administrative roles in schools and school districts as superintendents, career principals and career special education directors.  

The program also prepares students for non-certificated administration roles such as director of curriculum, director of finance, and director of transportation. Test prep for the Missouri certification exam is built into the program. 

The Specialist in educational administration program fulfills the requirements for the following certifications: 

  • Superintendent  
  • Elementary career principal  
  • Secondary career principal  
  • Career specialist education director 

Educational Administration by the Numbers

  • 98%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation. 

  • $98K

    Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for elementary, middle, and high school principals is $98,490.

  • $66K

    Instructional Coordinators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an instructional coordinator is $66,970.

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