Education Specialist, Educational Leadership-Superintendent

Education Specialist, Educational Leadership-Superintendent

This major is designed for those seeking formal educational leadership roles such as superintendent, assistant superintendent, and other school district central office roles. 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. 

While this program primarily utilizes an on-line delivery method, the initial two (2) courses of the program are delivered on campus in a face-to-face format. 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.

Students will typically complete the program in 22 months, which includes a yearlong internship at the district office level. This internship will be supervised by a qualified central office administrator. This internship must be approved by the school district and the NNU program director. Near the end of coursework, each student will enroll in EDUC8700 (zero (0) credits) to complete a comprehensive examination.

Successful completion of the degree qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for Superintendent endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate. It is the studentís responsibility to submit the appropriate paperwork and fees to the Idaho State Department of Education for obtaining certifications and endorsements in Idaho. Current forms and information are available from the ISDE website. Students should check the Internet and other sources for specific requirements for certification in other states.


Required courses (primarily online):

EDUC7579. Special Education Law for Administrators (2)
EDUC8670. Labor Relations in Schools (3)
EDUC8671. Educational Change: A Historical Perspective (3)
EDUC8672. The Superintendency (3)
EDUC8673. Advanced School Finance (3)
EDUC8674. School Facilities (3)
EDUC8675. Public Relations and Marketing for Schools (3)
EDUC8676. Special Populations: Issues and Resources (3)
EDUC8677. Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3)
EDUC8678. Central Office Internship (1-4 ) (4 credits required)*

EDUC8700. Comprehensive Examination (0)

*Students who conduct the internship outside of the Treasure Valley may be required to pay travel expenses for supervision visits.

Initial principal endorsement may be obtained through an Education Specialist degree. Please see Education Specialist, Educational Leadership-Building Administrator