Ed.S. Educational Leadership: Building Administrator

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This degree may be earned through online or through face-to-face classes. It is designed for educational professionals who have a master's degree and are seeking a leadership role as a Building Administrator. Emphasis is on the administrator as an instructional leader as well as a servant leader. Ethical decision making, creative problem solving, and professional growth are other areas of emphasis. 

Building Administrator Degree

This program leads to an Education Specialist degree with an endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate as a Building Administrator. Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.

Each student completes a nine-month internship in a school setting under the supervision of a qualified building principal. The internship assignment must be approved by the school district and the NNU program director.


  • The program utilizes a cohort model which allows students to plan their schedules ahead of time and allows them to continue working full-time in their position while completing the program.
  • Both online and face-to-face cohorts are available.
  • Students will typically complete the program in 21 months, which includes the internship.


Must have a master's degree and teacher certification.

  1. Must gain admission as a Graduate Education student.
  2. Courses to be determined by the program director (may require more than 33 credits).

Required Courses

EDUC 7518 Action Research for Educators (3)
EDUC 7531 Statistical Applications for Education (2)
EDUC 7533 Curriculum & Assessment (3)
EDUC 7545 Classroom Behavior Mangmt Mainstream Classroom (3)
EDUC 7575 Legal/Financial Issues in Education (3)
EDUC 7579 Special Ed law for Administrators (2)
EDUC 7581 Instructional Supervision/Leadership (3)
EDUC 7585 Adm Human Resources (3)
EDUC 7596III  Internship/Principalship (7)
EDUC 7598C Seminar: Action Research (1)
EDUC 8677 Research (3)

Total Credits 33

Learn more in the NNU Catalog

Course Descriptions

EDUC 7518. Action Research for Educators (3 credits)

Introduction to traditional and action research in the school setting. Literature review, data collection, interpretation, and surveys will be included. Students prepare an action research proposal as part of the course requirements.

EDUC 7531. Statistical Applications for Educators (2 credits)

An introduction to statistical approaches to making decisions in K-12 schools. This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in education. No previous course work in statistics is assumed. 

EDUC 7533. Curriculum and Assessment (3 credits)

This course explores historical, philosophical and contemporary issues of curriculum design, including concept-based curriculum. Sound assessment practices will be explored, promoting the effective use of assessment as a teaching tool. Students will develop and analyze curriculum including assessment components.

EDUC 7545. Classroom and Behavior Management in the Mainstreamed Classroom (3 credits)

This course offers procedures for developing appropriate behaviors in the regular classroom both with regular students and with students considered behaviorally disordered. Behavior modification techniques will be discussed as well as development of management techniques. Non-instructional expectations of the teacher and relations with colleagues and parents will be explored.

EDUC 7575. Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3 credits)

An overview of constitutional and state legal expectations of the schools, both public and private, and basic principles of school finance.

EDUC 7579. Special Education Law for Administrators (2 credits)

Enables students to understand the legal complexities involved in identifying and providing educational services to students with special needs. Federal, state, and local laws including IDEA, Section 504, and ADA will be examined as well as case law.

EDUC 7581. Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3 credits)

A discussion of the educator as an instructional leader and supervisory systems the leader can implement to improve instruction.

EDUC 7585. Administering Human Resources (3 credits)

The role of the administrator in working with people. Shared decision-making, conflict management, goal setting, development of human potential, evaluation, and selection. Legal expectations including negotiations, contracting, and policy development.

EDUC 7596 III. Internship/Principalship (7credits)

A full year part-time supervised internship in a school setting concurrent with scheduled class sessions.

EDUC 7598c. Seminar: Action Research (1 credit)

The purpose of this seminar is to provide guidance and instruction to students completing their action research project. The finished product is the action research paper and presentation.

EDUC 8677. Research (3 credits)

Prepares the student for going beyond action research and introduces academic research utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Contact Us

For program details, please contact 
Dr. Mike Poe (208) 467-8429

For application materials, please contact 
Cindy Williams (208) 467-8052