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Ed.S. in Ed. Leadership, Superintendency

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendency Online

Program Overview

Learn More About Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendent Program

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Superintendency at Arkansas State University 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 $10,200 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $10,200 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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Experience the Value of Our Affordable 100% Online Program

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 $10,200
Tuition Per Credit Hour $340
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$300.00 $40.00 $340.00 $900.00 $120.00 $1020.00


Our Course Schedule Is Designed for Flexibility

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
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/19/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
Spring 2024 7 wk 01/08/2024 02/23/2024 12/15/2023 12/19/2023 01/04/2024 01/05/2024 02/09/2024
7 wk 03/04/2024 04/26/2024 02/19/2024 02/23/2024 02/29/2024 03/01/2024 04/05/2024
Summer 2024 5 wk 05/28/2024 06/27/2024 05/14/2024 05/17/2024 05/23/2024 05/24/2024 06/14/2024
5 wk 07/02/2024 08/01/2024 06/18/2024 06/21/2024 06/27/2024 06/28/2024 07/26/2024
Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/01/2022 08/01/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/23/2022
Spring 2023 7 wk 01/10/2023 02/24/2023 12/01/2022 12/01/2022 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 02/10/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/01/2023 05/01/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/16/2023
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Check Out the Qualifications for Our Online Ed.S. in Ed. Leadership, Superintendency Program

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. At this time, International students may not be accepted into any Educational Leadership program – only students with a valid US teaching license that are working in a US school district are eligible for this program.

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution with at least 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A standard active teaching license as a Building-Level or Curriculum/Program Administrator
  • Three years of experience as a certified teacher in an educational institution
  • One year of building-level or curriculum/program administrative experience
  • A written commitment from a practicing central office administrator who will serve as a mentor during this program. View acceptable mentors (PDF)

Note: If you have a 3.0-3.24 GPA, you must make a grade of B or better during the first 12 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University.

  • Complete online application, including the mentor form
  • Pay the nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Send official transcript(s) from the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution. For this program, we will only need an official transcript that shows your conferred master's degree.

Additional Information

While not required for admissions, Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Credentials will be required prior to registering for your first course.

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.

As part of the student's portfolio, the following information is required to be completed prior to registering for the 3rd term (second semester):

  • Video Essay
  • Writing Sample

These additional documents are not required to render an admissions decision.

  • Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program subject to department approval. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. The course must have been taken at the level of the program you are seeking. 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
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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


Take a Look at the Online Education Classes

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

For the superintendent track the internship will be the 14-week course separated into two seven-week courses.

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

An examination of diverse cultural backgrounds represented in the nation's schools. Emphasis is a placed a understanding educational and cultural issues along with identifying agencies and programs that are designed to facilitate and nurture learning environments.

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: 14 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 7123: Educational Policy and Advocacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the relationship of culture, law, and policy as applied to educational settings.

Applicants seeking an Arkansas teaching license by reciprocity who hold a valid license from another state in Childhood (P-4), Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Childhood (4-8), or Secondary Social Studies (7-12) must meet an Arkansas History requirement by documentation of the successful completion of three (3) college credit hours in Arkansas History at an accredited college or university OR a 45-hour professional development piece in Arkansas History through Arkansas IDEAS. Applicants holding a valid license in areas other than the four mentioned above do not have to meet the Arkansas History requirement. HIST 3083 History of Arkansas (offered in summer terms only) meets the Arkansas history requirement.

HIST 3083: History of Arkansas (or equivalent transfer course)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

UNITED STATES HISTORY. An advanced survey of Arkansas history from prehistoric times to the present with an emphasis on political, economic and social/cultural themes. Required of BSE Social Science majors.

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