This program incorporates the academic requirements for certification as a principal and supervisor in South Carolina.
The program involves traditional classwork, online assignments, field-based assignments and interactive learning experiences. A comprehensive written examination is required for graduation and you must complete the program within six years, although most students earn their degrees much more quickly.
Program graduates must meet all certification requirements as set forth by the South Carolina Department of Education. Currently, these include earning an appropriate score on the PRAXIS in educational administration and having three years of successful classroom teaching experience with at least one year at the level of anticipated certification.
The Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision prepares individuals as elementary or secondary school administrators or supervisors. The program provides both a theoretical and field-based foundation in educational leadership with a focus on leading instructional improvement for the benefit of all P-12 students.
The Department of Leadership, Counselor Education, Human and Organizational Development at Clemson University offers an NCATE accredited program of graduate study leading to the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Administration and Supervision. This program fulfills the certification requirements of states that require the completion of a nationally accredited two-year program of study for certification as a central office administrator/ superintendent.
The program of study includes 30 credit hours.
Candidates are strongly counseled to meet with their adviser to plan a course of study that will both fulfill degree and certification requirements. It is strongly recommended that candidates obtain approval from their adviser before enrolling in any class to ensure that the class will fulfill degree and certification requirements. Also, in some cases, coursework may fulfill the requirements for both levels of certification. A meeting with your adviser will inform you of this option.
The program in Educational Leadership at Clemson is Nationally Recognized by NCATE and approved by the state of South Carolina. As such, the program is standards-based. All courses in the program in Educational Leadership are grounded in the six ELCC standards: Visionary Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Collaborative Leadership, Ethical Leadership and Advocacy Leadership. The program contains required assessments that measure both candidate content knowledge and professional skills knowledge. In addition, required assessments measure impact on student learning. All candidates must take a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the program. There are two different comprehensive exams: building level and district level. Candidates take the comprehensive exam (building or district) based on the certification that they are seeking. It is suggested that candidates sit for this examination in the last two semesters of their program of study.
Students may apply as degree seeking students or as non-degree seeking students (in the event that the student already holds a master’s degree). Students pursuing the non-degree option may complete the program requirements and obtain an “add on” for their teaching license. However, students are strongly encouraged to seek a degree while attending Clemson University. The degree holds additional professional recognition and is the least expensive option because tuition at Clemson is reduced for degree seeking students in the School of Education. Students who already hold a master’s degree may earn a second master’s at Clemson or pursue an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision (Ed.S). For more information on the Ed.S. degree, please see information for prospective students on the.
Typically classes in the M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision programs are offered as cohorts and are delivered as contract classes in school districts around the upstate. Students may also take classes on the Clemson campus. In addition, we offer some classes in an online environment or through the use of Video Teleconferencing Conferencing. The choice to use different technologies allows us to meet the myriad needs of learners around the state.
The program of study includes 36 credit hours. A typical program of study includes the following 12 classes:
The first five classes: EDL 700, EDL 705, EDL 715, EDL 720 and EDL 730 are core classes in the program. Students must complete these five classes prior to taking any other classes in the program. These five classes provide the foundation for understanding the practice of building level educational leadership and are course prerequisites for the remainder of the program.
The program in Educational Leadership at Clemson is nationally recognized by NCATE and approved by the state of South Carolina. As such, the program is standards based. All 12 courses in the program in Educational Leadership are grounded in the six ELCC standards: Visionary Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Collaborative Leadership, Ethical Leadership and Advocacy Leadership. The program contains required assessments that measure both candidate content knowledge and professional skills knowledge. In addition, required assessments measure impact on student learning. All candidates (regardless of degree sought) must take the building level leadership comprehensive exam following completion of the program. It is strongly suggested that candidates take this exam during the last two semesters of their program.
Goals for candidates for educational leadership degrees and Professional Endorsements:
- Create new knowledge which is pertinent to educational leadership across a variety of P-16 institutions and organizations
- Demonstrate knowledge, dispositions and skills of educational leadership
- Apply knowledge, dispositions and skills ethically to ensure educational opportunities for all
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of the dominant, most current research and theory pertaining to educational leadership, including organizational, institutional and instructional theories and research
- Utilize opportunities to work with scholars and expert practitioners through formal and informal opportunities
Goals for faculty in educational leadership programs:
- Demonstrate a repertoire of instructional strategies suited to their fields of expertise
- Accommodate candidates’ general needs as adult learners and individual learning requirements due to style, abilities or disabilities
- Engage candidates in active learning of concepts and theories and require immediate application in the field
- Include candidates in ongoing scholarship that expands knowledge about educational leadership, improves teaching and learning and enhances public support for educational institutions
Goals for scholarship in educational leadership:
- Faculty work with colleagues and candidates to create a community of scholars focused on the enhancement of teaching and learning and the contributions of educational institutions to their stakeholders
- Faculty continuously seek to fulfill Clemson’s land grant mission through public service and research of benefit to South Carolina, the region and nation
Candidates must sit for the Praxis II test 0411 in Administration and Supervision (PDF). This is a South Carolina licensure requirement (PDF). Candidates are counseled to take this examination during the last two semesters in the Educational Leadership program. It is strongly suggested that you report these scores to Clemson University. Please make sure to request an electronic score report be sent to Clemson when you register for the exam.
Once candidates have completed course work, passed the building level comprehensive exam and passed the Praxis II exam, it is time to apply for state certification. To complete the certification process, candidates must
- submit a letter to the program coordinator requesting certification. This letter MUST include the level of certification sought;
- submit a copy of Praxis II test 411 scores (this may be done electronically);
- complete the top portion of the South Carolina verification of college preparation form;
- submit a change of action form to the state department of education;
- submit an official copy of your Clemson transcript to the state department of education.
For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Frederick Buskey)