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The purpose of the education specialist degree program is to prepare graduates to effectively lead schools and school districts in ways that will ensure successful student achievement. This concentration meets USF, state and national standards for preparation of superintendents, curriculum directors and supervisors. The education specialist degree program is designed for school administrators who have full-time jobs. Students accepted into the program will take coursework in a prescribed sequence. Class sessions occur during both the academic year and summer term and include supervised internship experiences. Courses offered during the academic year are delivered through a combination of Saturday classes held once a month on the USF campus along with online components for off-campus participation between class sessions and, in some cases, evening classes and condensed courses.

Required courses: ❏ EDU 600 Introduction to District-Level Leadership ❏ EDU 615 Technology Applications for Districts ❏ EDU 640 Curriculum and Assessment ❏ EDU 625 Intergovernmental Relationships ❏ EDU 620 School Finance

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Upon successful completion of the five courses listed above, students must successfully complete a comprehensive written exam to earn the 10-year endorsement for superintendent as specified in the Administrative Rules of South Dakota. ❏ EDU 645 Administration of Special Education 3 ❏ EDU 650 Educational Statistics 3 ❏ BUS 510 Managerial Communications 3 ❏ BUS 520 Managing Organizational Dynamics 3 ❏ BUS 558 Current Issues in Management 3

Admission Criteria

Total 30 semester hour program for degree completion.

T hree years of verified experience on a valid certificate in an accredited K-12 school, one year of which includes classroom teaching experience or direct services to students.*

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Minimum 3.5 G.P.A. from master’s degree work.*

T hree completed USF recommendation forms that address the applicant’s potential as a leader of a school district.

Upon completion of the 30 semester hours (s.h.), students must complete a professional portfolio containing artifacts from coursework projects that demonstrate competencies for the postion of school superintendent as aligned to FSoE and program standards. After successful completion of all program requirements, students become eligible to apply for the Career School Superintendent endorsement as specified in Administrative Rules of SD.

Internet and email access.

Student learning outcomes (ELCC District-Level Standards):

*Provisional matriculation may be allowed if the asterisked requirements above are not met at the time of application to a program. Provisional admission is determined by the Director of Graduate Programs in Education and students will be advised of any certification limitations and additional requirements.

Degree Requirements for the Ed.S. in Educational Administration/Superintendent Program A candidate’s achievement of initial district-level leadership competencies is demonstrated through successful completion of a written comprehensive exam at the end of designated coursework. For the initial plan of study, comprehensive exams follow five specific courses in the program sequence. Upon successful completion of these five courses and the comprehensive exam, the student becomes eligible for the 10-year endorsement for superintendent as specified in the administrative rules of South Dakota. To complete the program and earn the advanced degree, the student must complete five additional courses and also submit a professional portfolio, complete internship requirements and pass the evaluation process at the completion of the required 30 semester hours of coursework. While the education specialist degree is intended to be completed as a cohort within a two-year timeframe, the actual completion of the program will depend on the student entry date, coursework offerings and the student's personal and professional schedules.

1.  Standard 1.0: A district-level education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a shared district vision of learning through the collection and use of data to identify district goals, assess organizational effectiveness and implement district plans to achieve district goals; promotion of continual and sustainable district improvement; and evaluation of district progress and revision of district plans supported by district stakeholders. 2.  Standard 2.0: A district-level education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by sustaining a district culture conducive to collaboration, trust, and a personalized learning environment with high expectations for students; creating and evaluating a comprehensive, rigorous and coherent curricular and instructional district program; developing and supervising the instructional and leadership capacity across the district; and promoting the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning within the district. 3.  Standard 3.0: A district-level education leader applies knowledge that promotes the success of every student by ensuring the management of the district’s organization, operation and resources through monitoring and evaluating district management and operational systems; efficiently using human, fiscal and technological resources within the district; promoting district-level policies and procedures that protect the welfare and safety of students and staff

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2015-2017 USF Academic Catalog  
2015-2017 USF Academic Catalog  

2015-2017 academic catalog for the University of Sioux Falls.