Elementary Principal

Our elementary principal specialist program requires 61 credit hours. The program serves as one of the conditions for advanced certification in the state of Missouri. Practical aspects of the principalship are emphasized, and a research component is required.

Refer to How to Apply for more information about application.

Refer to Program Requirements for more information about the program.

The following 30 hours of coursework are required for completion:

Required Coursework (22 hrs)
Course Code Course Title

Credit Hours

EAD 861 Human Relations 3 hrs
EAD 863 Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 hrs
  Elective hours must include the two courses listed above and Advisor-advisee approval for remaining 12 hours 12 hrs
  Special Topics (EAD 870 or other courses with Advisor approval) 4 hrs
Research Sequence (6 hrs)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
EAD 895
SFR 890
Research in Administrative Practices
​​​​​​​Field Research and Evaluation
3 hrs
EAD 860 Field Study 3 hrs

Required 800-level courses - 28 hours. Students earning the EdS degree-Elementary Principal are prepared for career certification by DESE as an elementary principal if they have earned a masters degree in educational administration or have successfully completed the following educational administration courses as required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for building level certificate:

  • Foundations of Educational Administration (3 hrs)
  • K-12 Principalship (3 hrs)
  • Internship for Elementary School Principals - On-Site Parts I & II (2 hrs)
  • Internship for Elementary Principals - Related Agencies (1 hr)
  • Legal and Ethical Contexts of Schooling (3 hrs)
  • Supervision and Performance Enhancement (3 hrs)
  • K-12 Curriculum for Building Level Principals (3 hrs)
  • Organizational Management (3 hrs)
  • Administration of Special Programs (3 hrs)

Students are required to pass building level state assessments prior to receiving certification.

All Educational Administration courses are taught using Missouri State Direct, or live interactive technology.