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Northwest Missouri State University


Specialist in Education Elementary School Principal

Areas of Specialization

The Department of Educational Leadership offers the Specialist in Education program which provides study beyond the master's degree for persons preparing for positions in educational administration and supervision. The three areas of specialization are:

Program Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Specialist's degree must 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 on their undergraduate transcript.

The Department of Educational Leadership requires that students attain a minimum combined score of 750 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the G.R.E. Students with two full-time years of teaching may choose to take the Department Admission Exam (DAE) in place of the GRE. In addition, students must attain a 4.0 or higher on the writing sample section of the GRE or successfully complete the department writing sample. Scores must be submitted prior to admission or by the end of the first term of enrollment.

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Hours
61-569 Multiculturalism in Education 3
61-721 Seminar (Current topic) 1
61-721 Seminar (Current topic) 1
61-723 Writing & Interpreting Educational Literature & Statistics 3
61-724 Field Study 3
61-738 Internship in School Administration & Supervision 3
61-630 Foundations of Educational Administration 3
61-631 School Supervision 3
61-695 Philosophy of Education 3
61-665 School Law 3
61-681 School & Community Relations 3
61-634 Elementary School Curriculum 3
61-632 Elementary School Administration 3
61-610 Technology for School Administrators 1
Minimum Hours 32

Contact Dr. Kristi Alexander today!
Phone: 660.562.1768 or
E-mail: kalex@nwmissouri.edu