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Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

The Citadel is now accepting applications for a Tri-County Cohort serving Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Classes begin Fall 2019 at the Lowcountry Graduate Center.  

School Superintendent

The Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) Degree is an advanced graduate degree between the Master’s and Doctoral degrees. In accordance with South Carolina Certification Regulations, The Citadel offers an Ed.S. major that prepares candidates for certification at the superintendent’s level.

Requirements for Admission to the Ed.S. program:

  • Graduate Application and non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate work directly from each regionally accredited college or university attended (including a Master’s Degree in educational leadership or a Master’s Degree in another educational area along with certification in educational leadership) with minimum 3.25 grade point average.
  • A South Carolina Professional Teaching certificate that is valid and three years teaching experience.
  • A South Carolina State Professional Certificate with school administrator endorsement.  Two years in an administrative position equivalent to assistant principal or higher in education, district administrator, post-secondary administrator, or school business administrator is required for endorsement by the state.

Program Requirements:

A total of 33 semester hours must be completed for the Specialist in Educational Leadership. In addition to the general goals of the school’s graduate program, the objectives of the Specialist in Education degree are knowledge of school law, curricular trends, school building trends, and program budgeting: skill in using various techniques for goal setting and problem diagnosis in such areas as instructional programs, staff development, and community relations; skill in decision-making and in evaluating decisions on the basis of subsequent information; knowledge of research in administration, curriculum, human development and staffing; performance behavior in a job setting; knowledge of the role of the school in modern America and the multicultural currents influencing the school; knowledge and skills for performing in a political setting; and, a clear understanding and working knowledge of Principled Educational Leaders. A student, who applies for certification as a school district administrator, must meet the following:

  1. A minimum qualifying score on the state administrator’s examination prior to entrance into the internship.
  2. Three years teaching experience.
  3. Program Audit showing completion of 33 credit hours:
    • Required courses, 27 credit hours
    • Two internships, EDUC 632 and EDUC 633, (9-12 internship hours per week over a six-month period), six credit hours

Refer to the college’s Academic Catalog for additional requirements and course details.

Requirements for Certification at the Advanced Level:


(C) District Superintendent

  1. Master’s degree
  2. Valid South Carolina Teaching or Professional Certificate at the elementary, middle or secondary level
  3. Minimum of qualifying score(s) on the area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education
  4. Verification of a total of three years experience as a pre-K-12 or post-secondary teacher and two years as a school or school district administrator, post secondary administrator, or school business administrator
  5. Completion of an advanced program approved by the State Board of Education for the training of school superintendents

South Carolina Regulation 43.

Please refer to The Citadel Graduate College's website or the college's Academic Catalog for a complete list of admission and program requirements and course descriptions.

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