Our superintendent program requires 64 credit hours. For full certification you must have a valid teaching certificate, four years of teaching and supervisory or administrative experience.

Refer to How to Apply for more information about requirements. 

Refer to Program Requirements for more information about the program.

The following coursework is required:

Required Coursework (26 hrs) 

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
EAD 850 Politics of Education 3 hrs
EAD 858 School Personnel 3 hrs
EAD 862 The Superintendency 3 hrs
EAD 863  Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 hrs
EAD 864 Diversity and Community Relations 3 hrs
EAD 865 School Law 3 hrs
EAD 866 Public School Finance 3 hrs
EAD 867 School Plant Planning and Maintenance 3 hrs
EAD 882 Superintendency Internship - Part 1 1 hr
EAD 883 Superintendency Internship - Part 2 1 hr

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 - 32 hours.  Students earning the EdS degree-Superintendent are prepared for career certification by DESE as an superintendent 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/Secondary School Principals - On-Site Parts I & II (2 hrs)
  • Internship for Elementary/Secondary 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 must pass the required state assessments for building level principal prior to receiving certification.

Students must pass the required state assessment for superintendent prior to receiving certification.  

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