Ed.S. in Education - Educational Administration

The Specialist of Education Degree at the University of Southern Mississippi is offered at both the Building and District Levels, and is designed for educators who are preparing for leadership positions in public, private, or charter schools.  The Specialist degree requires 36 hours of coursework beyond the Master's degree.  Each candidate must maintain a 3.0 minimal GPA and must pass comprehensive exams.  EDA Specialist students complete a research project in lieu of a thesis.

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Building Level Program

The Plan of Study for the Building Level requires the following courses:

  • REF 602 Introduction to Educational Statistics (Prerequisite - REF 601)
  • EDA 600 Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • EDA 620 Instructional Leadership - Supervision & Professional Development
  • EDA 628 Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship
  • EDA 700 Public School Finance
  • EDA 704 School Community Relations
  • EDA 706 Educational Facilities Development and Management
  • EDA 708 Developing and Managing Human Resources
  • EDA 710 School Law
  • EDA 736 Practicum in Supervision
  • REF 791A Applied Research
  • REF 791B Applied Research
District Level Program
The Plan of Study for the Distric Level requires the following courses:
  • REF 602 Introduction to Educational Statistics (Prerequisite - REF 601)
  • EDA 700 Public School Finance
  • EDA 702 Administrative Approaches to Technology
  • EDA 704 School Community Relations
  • EDA 708 Developing and Managing Human Resources
  • EDA 710 School Law
  • EDA 738 Practicum in Supervision
  • EDA 742 Consensus Decision-Making in Education
  • EDA 755 The Superintendency
  • EDA 800 Seminar: Theories in Educational Organization & Administration
  • REF 791A Applied Research
  • REF 791B Applied Research