Introduction

Welcome to The University of Iowa's Educational Leadership Ed.S. and Superintendent Endorsement program. The Educational Leadership faculty and students come from a variety of backgrounds and work experiences. The educational leadership program is committed to preparing educators to be effective school leaders. This handbook is intended to serve as an introduction, a guide, and a resource for all students in our graduate programs.

Superintendent Endorsement

This is a non-degree program consisting of 30 semester hours of coursework.

The Superintendent Endorsement program prepares candidates for superintendent positions in Iowa, district level leadership positions in a K-12 school district, area education agency chief administrator, or state or federal departments of education administration. Candidates must already have an Iowa Administration License, and have at least 3 years of principal experience in order to obtain the superintendent endorsement (State of Iowa Endorsement 171) upon the completion of the coursework requirements.

Students are expected to jointly develop their program of study with their advisor. In addition, students are expected to take responsibility for their program of study. Students must become fully aware of program requirements, promptly enroll in courses ahead of deadlines, turn in work on time and, keep their advisor informed of their progress.

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership Program with Superintendent Endorsement

This is an educational specialist degree program consisting of 36 semester hours of superintendent coursework for educators who already have their master's degree and Iowa Administrator License. The Educational Leadership Ed.S. program prepares candidates for superintendent positions in Iowa, district level leadership positions in a K-12 school district, area education agency chief administrator, or state or federal departments of education administration. Candidates will obtain the Superintendent Endorsement (State of Iowa Endorsement 171) upon the completion of the coursework requirements.

Note: In order to obtain the Superintendent Endorsement (State of Iowa Endorsement 171) upon the completion of the coursework requirements, candidates must already have an Iowa Administrator License, and have at least 3 years of principal experience.

The Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) is considered an intermediate degree between a masters and a doctorate for education practitioners. At the end of the program, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination, submit a portfolio, and First Year Entry Plan. The Ed.S. does not have a dissertation requirement.

Academic Progress

We follow closely the Graduate College policies regarding grades and progress toward degree. As such, students should be aware that any grade below a “C-” is considered a failing grade and will not count toward your degree. Students should also be mindful of the threshold for academic probation status. These and other academic policies are detailed in the Graduate College Manual.

More information about residency, updating old credits, and registration requirements can be found on the Graduate College website.

Academic Advising

All Educational Leadership students are initially assigned to a faculty academic advisor. This assignment is not necessarily permanent, and can be changed at the request of the student. When changing advisors, a conversation with all parties is recommended.

*The policies of the Graduate College and College of Education will take precedence over program policies.

Forms and Worksheets

PDF iconWorksheet - Educational Leadership Ed.S. Degree Program (36 s.h.)