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Educational Specialist DegreeEd.S. - Principal Licensure (K-12)

This Educational Specialist degree (post graduate) is for experienced educators with at least three years of teaching experience who currently hold a Master’s degree and a valid Minnesota teaching license who wish to become licensed as a principal in the state of Minnesota. Note: An alternative path is available for non-licensed teachers.

This program leads to principal and superintendent credentials and compiles with all of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators requirements for such licensure.

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Ed.S. - Principal Licensure (K-12) Curriculum Overview

This program is for experienced educators with at least three years of teaching experience who currently hold a Master’s degree and a valid MN teaching license and who wish to become licensed as a principal or superintendent in the state of Minnesota while earning a post-graduate degree. Note: An alternative path is available for non-licensed teachers.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 7001 Principal Ldrshp in 21st Cent 3
ED - 7003 Principal's Role in Inst Super 3
ED - 7009 Principal Internship 1 2
ED - 7010 Principal Internship 2 2
ED - 7011 Principal Internship 3 2
ED - 7004 Data Use & Analysis for Prin 3
ED - 7007 Finance & Bus Mgmt for Princ 3
ED - 7002 HR for Principals 3
ED - 7005 Princ & Facilitation of Change 3
ED - 7006 Legal Issues for Principals 3
ED - 7008 Ethics & Interpers Effective 3
ED - 7060 eFolio Review of Competencies 0

This course is designed for individuals who desire to pursue a principal position in the future. The primary focus is on the knowledge and skills of leaders who create cultures of excellence; respond to diverse learner needs; facilitate the development of safe, efficient, and effective learning environments; and impact the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that shape Minnesota schools.

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This course investigates the role of the principal relevant to the supervision of instruction and evaluation of teacher performance for the purpose of instructional improvement. A variety of theoretical models for instructional supervision will be reviewed along with their pros and cons. Students will practice supervisory and evaluative strategies.

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This full year course is an internship that requires the students to complete a minimum of 320 clock hours over two consecutive semesters at a university-approved school. Under the supervision and support of a university-approved onsite mentor and a university supervisor, the students will identify, plan, and complete a School Improvement Project (SIP) and a variety of administrative tasks, projects, and assignments designed to strengthen performance and professional skills that will assist the students to become a licensed principal in the state of Minnesota

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This full year course is an internship that requires the students to complete a minimum of 320 clock hours over two consecutive semesters at a university-approved school. Under the supervision and support of a university-approved onsite mentor and a university supervisor, the students will identify, plan, and complete a School Improvement Project (SIP) and a variety of administrative tasks, projects, and assignments designed to strengthen performance and professional skills that will assist the students to become a licensed principal in the state of Minnesota.

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This full year course is an internship that requires the students to complete a minimum of 320 clock hours over two consecutive semesters at a university-approved school. Under the supervision and support of a university-approved onsite mentor and a university supervisor, the students will identify, plan, and complete a School Improvement Project (SIP) and a variety of administrative tasks, projects, and assignments designed to strengthen performance and professional skills that will assist the students to become a licensed principal in the state of Minnesota.

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This course will provide the learner an opportunity to use data to inform decision making at the principal level by providing a link between research and practice. Using actual data from their school or district students will learn and use statistical data to create a school improvement plan (SIP) and present it as a project in the course.

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This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of public school finance and business management. Students examine the economic, political, and management issues facing public school principals. Lessons address resource allocation and resource distribution in light of the principles of liberty, adequacy, and equity.

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This course examines the human resources available to principals. It examines the functions and practices in school systems that principals deal with daily. Approaches to management, motivation, professional development, and performance are addressed along with obstacles to effective team development.

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This course focuses on theories and strategies for leading change in the educational setting. Emphasis is placed on systemic change at the building level. It will consider aspects of change in well managed schools that focus on diverse learner needs as well as safe learning environments that promote a culture of excellence.

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This course examines the reality of legal issues that the everyday principal must face nearly every day of the school year. The focus is on local, state, and national legal principles and issues related to students and employees. Individual rights and responsibilities related to the legal process, structure of the law, legislation, litigation, and current legal issues are examined in detail.

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This course is designed to have potential principals examine their own personal ethical profiles and communication styles in light of the ethical struggles they are certain to experience in their lives as school administrators. They will be required to reflect on their communication behaviors in light of their roles as educational leaders and relate those behaviors to ethical theory.

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Written Comprehensive Exam that must be passed prior to registration for ED7061.

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Requirements

  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue an Educational Specialist degree or licensure at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in completing your program.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.
  5. Submit 2 letters of recommendation. Letters should come from 1) a direct supervisor, and 2) a professional in the field of education or colleague.
  6. Interview with Ed.S. Faculty. Once all application materials have been submitted, Concordia University – St. Paul Admissions will contact you to schedule an interview with our Faculty Chair and Director of Credentialing.

*A two-day on campus orientation is required prior to the start of classes.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Career Potential

At completion of the program you will earn an Educational Specialist degree and be eligible for licensure in the state of Minnesota as a K-12 principal or superintendent.

  • Principal (K-12)