Educational Specialist Degree

Principal Licensure / Superintendent Licensure

Hybrid or 100% Online 30 major credits * 18 months

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
COVID 19 Update – September 7th Start Date Still on Target

What You Learn

The Educational Specialist degree is designed to provide Minnesota schools with the highest possible quality principals and superintendents. The goals of this program include the licensure of graduates with the academic and moral standards that epitomize the values of Concordia University.

How You Learn

Online Format: This program is an exclusively online cohort. All instruction is conducted via video conferencing and through the online learning management system (Blackboard). Face to face meetings are not required; however, a weekly one hour video-conference session with the instructor and members of the cohort is required. You will still complete one 3 credit course every 7 weeks.

Blended Format: This version of the Ed.S. program is a combination of face-to-face and online instruction for each of the eight courses. Over the course of seven weeks students will complete one three-credit course. Students meet face-to-face at Concordia University during weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, and during weeks 2, 4, and 6 they meet online for a one-hour synchronous video-conference session with the instructor and members of the cohort.

Career Outcomes

At completion of the program as outlined below, you will earn an Educational Specialist degree and be eligible for licensure in the state of Minnesota as a K-12 principal or superintendent.

Degree Requirements

Ed.S. Degree-Principal Licensure

ED 7001Principal Leadership in 21st Century Schools3
ED 7003Principal’s Role in Instructional Supervision3
ED 7009Principal Internship2
ED 7010Principal Internship2
ED 7011Principal Internship2
ED 7004Data Use and Analysis for Principals3
ED 7007Finance & Business Management for Principals3
ED 7002HR for Principals3
ED 7005Principals and the Facilitation of Change3
ED 7006Legal Issues for Principals3
ED 7008Ethics and Interpersonal Effectiveness for Principals3
 eFolio Review of Competencies0
 Total Credit Hours:30
Non Licensed Teachers Only:
Independent Study: Teaching Internship
 Total Credit Hours for Non-Licensed Teachers:34

Ed.S. Degree – Superintendent Licensure

EdAd 7031Superintendent Leadership in 21st Century School Districts3
EdAd 7032HR Issues for Superintendents3
EdAd 7033Legal Issues for Superintendents3
EdAd 7034School District & Community Relations/Superintendents3
EdAd 7035Data Use and Analysis for Superintendents3
EdAd 7036Critical Issues and Analysis of Public Policy for Superintendents3
EdAd 7037Superintendents and the Facilitation of Change3
EdAd 7038Ethics and Interpersonal Effectiveness for Superintendents3
EdAd 7039Superintendent Internship6
 eFolio Review of Competencies0
 Total Credit Hours:30
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.