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2014-2015 EIU Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership (Specialist)

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Specialist in Education Degree Mission: The mission of the Specialist in Education in Educational Administration is to provide more advanced and intensive graduate study of educational administration.  Degree completion meets the course requirements necessary for Illinois Superintendent Endorsement.  This endorsement is required for superintendents of school districts.  Many courses are offered at night and weekends on-campus and at off-campus locations via the School of Continuing Education.  Students should notify the department if they presently possess a Type 75 Illinois General Administrative Certification.  A copy of the certification should be sent to the department chairperson.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically in the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include those outlined for the specialist’s degree by the Graduate School (see “Requirements for the Specialist’s Degree”).  In addition, the courses proposed in the candidate’s program for the specialist’s degree must total 64 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree.  Ordinarily, in the first 30 to 33 semester hours, the student will complete the requirements for the master’s degree although it is not required that the master’s degree be completed within the first half of the total program.  The endorsement for certification as a school superintendent requires those courses required for the General Administrative endorsement plus the following courses and requirements: 

Field Experience

A field experience is required of each specialist candidate.  Field Experience provides the student with extended time to synthesize and apply the knowledge, and practice and develop district level skills identified in ISLLC Standards 1-6. The Field Experience provides for additional standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by a practicing district administrator and a university professor.


Comprehensive Project

The candidate for the Specialist in Education Degree must successfully complete a final comprehensive written project.  The project is presented to the department and departmental certification of successful completion of the project must be filed in the Graduate School at least one week prior to the graduation date.

Time Limit

A minimum of 33 semester hours of new course work is required for the specialist’s degree and must be completed within the six-year time limit

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