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Ed.S. in Ed. Leadership, Superintendency
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendency Online

Program Overview

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendency offers educators a program designed to improve their general educational and specific professional competencies as leaders in the public school systems. This program is designed to provide study beyond the master's degree.

icon $9,510 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $9,510 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

Candidates complete performance-based activities in P-12 school sites and related settings. Students are required to complete 30 hours of coursework. Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. Students will benefit from the incorporation of technology that aligns with national expectations for the 21st-century educator. This program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

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Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendency online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $9,510
Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00


Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendency online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2020 7wk 1/13/2020 2/28/2020 12/30/2019 1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 2/18/2020
7wk 3/9/2020 5/1/2020 2/24/2020 2/28/2020 3/5/2020 3/6/2020 4/15/2020
Summer 2020 5wk 6/1/2020 7/3/2020 5/18/2020 5/22/2020 5/28/2020 5/29/2020 6/19/2020
5wk 7/6/2020 8/7/2020 6/22/2020 6/26/2020 7/2/2020 7/5/2020 7/24/2020
Fall 2020 7wk 8/25/2020 10/9/2020 8/10/2020 8/14/2020 8/20/2020 8/21/2020 9/25/2020
7wk 10/19/2020 12/11/2020 10/5/2020 10/9/2020 10/15/2020 10/16/2020 11/27/2020
Term Course Begin Course End Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2019 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
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Students who are interested in our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendency online program must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution and three years of teaching experience. Review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • A valid teaching certificate
  • Three years of experience as a certified teacher in an educational institution. Please submit Teaching Experience Verification Form.
  • One year of building-level administrative experience
  • Have at least a 3.25 GPA in a master's degree from an accredited institution and program.
  • A written commitment from a practicing central office administrator who will serve as a mentor during this program. Applicants should review the qualifications and responsibilities with their chosen mentor prior to having the mentor complete the Mentor Form.
  • Candidates for the Specialist degree are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work. A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from other approved institutions.
  • Read and submit the Professional Dispositions Signature Document
  • Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in States and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a State does not guarantee the program will meet State licensure requirements.

Additional Information

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


Students pursuing this Ed.S. program must complete the following 10 courses (30 credit hours).

ELAD 7023: School Business Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A consideration of systems and procedures for accounting, budget planning and preparation, auditing, purchasing, and bonding.

ELAD 7103: School District Administration

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the effective performance patterns for school district superintendents with emphasis given to the relationships among the local board of education, superintendent, school personnel and the community.

ELAD 7013: School Personnel Administration

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of emerging professional responsibilities and ethical practices, current selection, retention and promotion practices, as well as designs for salary schedules and fringe benefits.

ELFN 7583: Evaluation Education Program and System

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines various techniques of program analysis and evaluation for individual schools and for the total school system.

ELAD 7033: Contemporary Issues in American Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of significant contemporary issues confronting American education.

ELCI 7523: Curriculum Theory and Practice

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of current curriculum innovations and their underlying theoretical bases. Emphasis is given to current research on effective schools and to the translation of effective curriculum designs into practice.

ELAD 7073: Schooling in a Pluralistic Society

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive study of educational facilities, transportation, and food service programs for school district administrators. Administrators learn to use data logically and systematically to provide effective services and make decisions.

ELAD 7043: Management of Operational Systems

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Students in course will learn to assist professional educators in their role of providing safe, appropriate and aesthetic learning environments for students.

ELAD 7493: Supervised Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is supervised participation in an approved administrative and supervisory setting. Permission of department chair needed; must be arranged one semester in advanced of registration. Note: This is the last course.

ELAD 7473: Field Study

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the candidate with sustained, hands-on clinical experiences in the field of educational administration throughout the program of study. The experiences will focus on authentic problems and activities that require candidates to demonstrate leadership skills and practices integral to the performance of the district level administrator. In addition, candidates will establish networks with stakeholders at the local, district, state and national levels. Note: this course should be taken alone and prior to ELAD 7493.

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