2021 - 2022 Graduate Bulletin


Administration and Supervision

Program Requirements

The Education Specialist - Administration and Supervision primarily serves educators who aspire to become central office or district wide school leaders. The Ed.S. serves educators who wish to advance beyond the master’s of arts degree. The degree plan requires the completion of 30 credits beyond a master’s degree from an accredited graduate institution. Ed.S. completion is defined as completion of all coursework and the thesis. Students wishing to obtain a central office certification must complete an application to the Michigan Department of Education at www.michigan.gov/moecs.

The education specialist degree qualifies graduates for administrative certification in most states. The program offers enough flexibility to meet most individual needs. Leadership theory, organizational behavior and structure, management theory and practice, curriculum, supervision and evaluation all figure prominently in the course work. In addition to building a sound theoretical and technical base for the practicing administrators, the program forms a major foundation for subsequent doctoral work.

The NMU Ed.S. is delivered through a cohort model. The program is designed so students who complete the degree may transfer up to 27 credits into Central Michigan University’s doctor of education degree (Ed.D.) program. Students admitted to the NMU Ed.S. program are not guaranteed admission into CMU’s Ed.D. program.

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