Student Handbook

Educational Leadership Ed.S. and Superintendent Certification

Course and Clinical Requirements

Minimum total semester hours required: 30 s.h.

Core Requirements (18 s.h.)

  • EPLS:6315 Orientation to the Superintendency (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6321 Social Advocacy Summit (1 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6329 Legislative Summit (1 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6323 School Finance (2 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6325 Organizational & Educational Leadership, (2 s.h)
  • EPLS:6319 Human Resources Leadership, (2 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6270 Policy and Politics of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6265 Standards-Based Education and Accountability (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6317 Operational Leadership and Management (1 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6405 Supt. Entry Plan (1 s.h.)

*Note: Currently the school finance course above is provided through the Iowa Superintendent’s Finance & Leadership Consortium, a partnership between the University of Northern Iowa & the Iowa Association of School Boards. Students will enroll and participate in the two 2-day sessions offered yearly by ISFLC.

During the first session, all students must take the introductory school finance course. During the second session, students may choose from a variety of school finance related offerings.

Students enroll in this program through University of Northern Iowa Continuing Education, and are expected to then transfer the hours to the University of Iowa so they may count toward the superintendent’s endorsement.

Clinicals (9 s.h.)

  • EPLS:6417 Operational Leadership Clinical (1 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6415 Orientation to the Superintendency Clinical (2 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6419 Human Resources Leadership Clinical (2 s.h.) includes clinical work and Iowa Evaluator Approval Training II and III, through School Administrators of Iowa or local AEA)
  • EPLS:6425 Organizational & Educational Leadership Clinical (1 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6404 Central Administration Clinical (3 s.h.)

Students are required to spend 40 clock hours of effort for each semester hour of clinical courses. Documentation of these hours must be maintained and submitted at the end of the course. Documentation should include date, time spent, description of the activity, and reflections. Each activity must be identified with the corresponding Iowa School Leadership Standard. A syllabus will be provided to guide the clinical activity.

Electives (2-3 semester hours)

Electives should be chosen in close consultation with the student’s academic advisor.