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Educational Specialist DegreeEd.S. - Superintendent Licensure

The Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) Superintendent Licensure 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 superintendent in the state of Minnesota.

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. - Superintendent Licensure 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 superintendent in the state of Minnesota. Note: An alternative path is available for non-licensed teachers.

Superintendent Licensure
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 7031 Supt Ldrshp 21st Cent School 3
ED - 7032 HR Issues for Superintendents 3
ED - 7033 Legal Issues/Superintendents 3
ED - 7034 School Dist & Comm Relations 3
ED - 7035 Data Use/Analy for Superintend 3
ED - 7036 Critical Issues/Analy Pub Pol 3
ED - 7037 Supt & Facilitation of Change 3
ED - 7038 Ethics & Interpers Effective 3
ED - 7039 Superintendent Internship 2
ED - 7060 eFolio Review of Competencies 0

This course is designed for individuals who desire to pursue a superintendent position in the future. The primary focus is on the knowledge and skills of school district 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 districts.

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This course examines the human resources available to superintendents and related fiscal issues. It examines the functions and practices in school systems that superintendents 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 examines the reality of legal issues that the superintendent must face nearly every day of the school year. The focus is on local, state, and national legal principles and issues related to faculty, 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 focuses on PK-12 school districts developing and sustaining district, family, and community relationships based on collaborative initiatives that help all children learn. Emphasis is placed on selected issues, including communication with the diversity of internal and external publics, including older adults, employee associations, governing boards, parents, and students.

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

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Educational policy-making processes are examined at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro ( local and institutional) levels using a variety of policy models. Selected educational policies at the macro and micro levels are analyzed, using different policy models. Students are expected to identify the factors such as the actors involved, politics, and economical inputs that impact policy formation and implementation.

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This course focuses on theories and strategies for leading change in the educational setting at the district office level. Emphasis is placed on systemic change within the district. It will consider aspects of change in well managed school districts that focus on diverse learner needs, legal accountability, and safe learning environments that promote a culture of excellence.

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This course is designed to have potential superintendents 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 district 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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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 District Improvement Project (DIP) 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 superintendent in the state of Minnesota.

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

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  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 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 superintendent.

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