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Park University Launches Educational Specialist in Educational Administration Degree to Help Fill Missouri Superintendent Void

Each year there is considerable movement in the school superintendency in the state of Missouri. To help meet the needs of the state, Park University recently launched an Educational Specialist in Educational Administration degree, aiming to contribute to the training of well-prepared candidates for these positions.

The Educational Specialist in Educational Administration program is completely administered online, with students logging in to online course rooms to complete assignments, participate in discussion topics, and finish other online activities designed by Park University’s highly qualified professors. Zoom conferences may be required in some of the online courses.

Jana Neiss, Ed.D, director of graduate programs at Park University’s school of education, elaborated on what potential students can expect to learn in the program: “All curriculum will be focused on advanced administrative skills and practical leadership experiences.”

The capstone of the degree is an intensive, 16-week directed internship and field experience course, during which students complete a performance project aligned with Missouri Superintendent Standards for Superintendent (K-12) Initial Administrator certification.

Aside from the field experience course, students will finish one three-credit hour course every eight weeks. Following this schedule, students will complete the program in approximately 2.5 years.

Upon completion of Educational Specialist in Educational Administration program, graduates will be eligible for certification as a superintendent or district level administrator* in the state of Missouri (after successful completion of the district-level administrator’s assessment) as well as district-level leadership.

Other classes required for the degree include School Plant Design & Operations Managements, School Finance, Advanced School Law and School & Community Relations.

*In order to maintain licensure as an administrator in the state of Missouri, you must complete an Ed.S., or higher, in a state-approved program.