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Northwest Missouri State University


Specialist in Education

Degree Policies and Requirements

The Specialist in Education program offers additional study beyond the master's degree for per¬sons preparing for positions in educational leadership. Three areas of specialization are offered: superintendency, secondary school principalship and elementary school principalship.

Advisement

  1. Upon initial registration the student will seek advisement and course approval from the coordinator of advisement for the Specialist in Education program.
  2. As soon as feasible after the initial registration, the student should request and be assigned a permanent advisor by the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership, or his or her designee.
  3. At a time which the advisor deems appropriate (usually during the initial enrollment period, a faculty advisory committee will be appointed, with the approval of the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and the coordinator of advisement. Degree Requirements Degree requirements for the Specialist in Education program include the following:
    1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 approved graduate semester hours beyond the master's degree (at least 11 of which must be at the 700 level) with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 overall and at Northwest.
    2. Two years of teaching/supervisory or administrative experience in elementary and/or secondary schools.
    3. Satisfactory performance on a four-hour written examination over the specialty field and submission of a professional portfolio. This examination may be repeated one time. (Students must have a minimum GPA in the Specialist in Education program of 3.25 to be eligible for the examination.)

Transfer Credit

A student may transfer up to nine semester hours in no more than four courses from regionally-accredited institutions offering the specialist degree if the courses are appropriate, are approved by the student's advisor, and are a "B" or higher.

Time Limitations

All requirements submitted in fulfillment of the degree must have been completed within a period of eight years.

Initial Enrollment

The initial enrollment is the first enrollment term in which a student seeking the Specialist in Education degree is registered.

During the initial enrollment, students seeking admission to the Specialist in Education program must:

  1. Meet all general requirements for admission to the Graduate School set forth by this catalog.
  2. Supply evidence of a completed master's degree from a regionally- or nationally-accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.25. Conditional enrollment is allowed if the student has a cumulative graduate GPA between 3.00 and 3.24. The student must achieve a 3.25 GPA in his or her first eight semester hours of graduate study or be subject to suspension for one year. Re-admission is possible after one year by petition to be approved by the Specialist in Education faculty, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
  3. Submit a GRE score with a combined minimum for the verbal and quantitative sections of 750.
  4. Submit an application for admission to the Specialist in Education program.
  5. Have three letters of recommendation on file. One letter must refer to the student's academic qualifications, one letter must refer to employment experience, and one may be a general character reference.
  6. Supply evidence of holding a valid teaching certificate.
  7. Complete a leadership inventory. Screening Committee The Screening Committee is composed of three members of the Specialist in Education faculty appointed by the dean of the College of Education and Human Services with the coordinator of advisement serving as a non-voting member and chairperson of the committee. The committee will review all pertinent material to assure eligibility for entrance. The decision on entrance will be made after analyzing standardized test scores, professional work experience, the letters of recommendation from former employers, the candidate's University professors and others familiar with the candidate's work, general character, academic ability, transcripts, etc. The applicant may be required to have an interview with the screening committee if he or she seeks additional information or clarification of information.

In cases of denial, a student may appeal to the dean of the College of Education and Human Services who will order a hearing before the Screening Committee; denial of the appeal may be re-appealed to faculty of the Specialist in Education program.

Admission to the Specialist in Education Program

Admission to the program is granted when a student:

  1. Has completed all requirements as listed under "Initial Enrollment."
  2. Has been approved by the Screening Committee for entry into the program.
  3. Has a faculty advisory committee appointed.

Faculty Advisory Committee

This committee is appointed by the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership or a designated representative. The Faculty Advisory Committee is responsible for developing the students approved program of study. This committee shall be composed of the advisor and not fewer than two members selected from the University faculty, one of whom must be from the College of Education and Human Services.

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to candidacy is granted when a student:

  1. Has been admitted to the Specialist in Education program.
  2. Has completed at least 20 semester hours of graduate work in education courses focused upon leadership including:
    1. Elementary or Secondary School Administration, 2 semester hours
    2. School Supervision, 2 semester hours
    3. Elementary or Secondary School Curriculum, 2 semester hours

      None of these hours will count toward the 32 semester hour Ed.S. degree requirements.
  3. Has GRE scores on file in the Graduate Office meeting the minimum admissions score.
  4. Has earned a minimum of eight semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master's degree at Northwest approved by the coordinator of advisement for the Specialist in Education degree with a grade point average of 3.25.
  5. Has an approved program of study filed on which admission to candidacy is indicated. Certification Requirements In addition to fulfilling the Specialist in Education degree requirements listed, students seeking Missouri certification must:
    1. Successfully complete the course Read/Sp 66-671, Educating the Exceptional Child (if the requirement has not previously been met).
    2. Submit a signed, notarized morality statement if not previously certified in the State of Missouri. The student has the responsibility of applying for any new certification.

Course Requirements

The faculty advisory committee may accept courses taken prior to application and admission to the Specialist in Education degree program and may substitute courses for those requirements met in prior graduate work.

Core Requirements

All students in the Specialist in Education program are required to complete the following core of courses:

Ed 61-569 Multiculturalism in Education 3
Ed 61-681 School and Community Relations 3
Ed 61-695 Philosophy of Education 3
Ed 61-721 Seminar in Problems, Trends, and Issues in Educational
Administration and Supervision
3
Ed 61-723 Writing and Interpreting Educational Literature and Statistics 3
Ed 61-724 Field Study in Administration and Supervision OR
Ed 61-725 Thesis in School Administration and Supervision 2-4
Ed 61-738 Internship in School Administration and Supervision 2-4
Total Hours 18-22


Ed.S., Superintendent

The core requirements and the following courses to total a minimum of 32 semester hours:

Ed 61-613 School Personnel Administration 3
Ed 61-665 School Law 3
Ed 61-740 The Superintendency 3
Ed 61-675 School Finance 3
Elem Ed 63-633 Elementary School Curriculum 3
Sec Ed 65-684 Secondary School Curriculum 3
Ed 61-670 School Buildings and Equipment 2
Ed 61-610 Special Topic: Technology for School Administrators 1
Total Hours 21

Ed.S., Secondary School Principal

The core requirements and the following courses to total 32 semester hours:

Ed 61-630 Foundations of Educational Administration 3
Ed 61-631 School Supervision 3
Ed 61-665 School Law 3
Sec Ed 65-684 Secondary School Curriculum 3
Sec Ed 65-688 Secondary School Administration 3
Ed 61-610 Special Topic: Technology for School Administrators 1
Total Hours 16

Graduation The Specialist in Education degree student must follow the graduation procedures described under the "Graduation" section of this catalog. These are in addition to "Degree Requirements" described herein.