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Educational Specialist in Educational Administration

The EdS in Education, option in Educational Administration is ideal for Oklahoma educators who already have a master’s degree and desire to have a greater impact on learning communities by improving the quality of education in educational systems. The specialist degree is considered more advanced than a master’s degree, but generally requires less coursework that the PhD and EdD degree options. Graduates are prepared and equipped to analyze and resolve educational issues within diverse contexts. This degree also meets the course requirement for superintendent certification in Oklahoma.


This 36-hour program facilitates the development of scholar practitioners who are adept at leading complex systems through the development of research and data informed decision-making skills. We utilize Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards to guide course development and improvement and is recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).



Superintendent certification

Completion of this degree leads to superintendent certification.

Coursework preview:

  • School Leadership, Culture & Ethics
  • School Improvement/Reform
  • School Leadership & Community Collaboration
  • Special Topics in Education Law
  • The Superintendency
  • Special Topics in School Finance Policy
  • The Politics of Education
  • The Human Factor in Administering Schools
  • Organizational Theory in Education
  • Developing Educational Organizations

Course information

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Research and Faculty

Our distinguished faculty provide relevant research-based content with practical knowledge and skills that can be put into practice immediately. Students learn best practices and techniques for instructional leadership linked to curriculum, teaching, administration and professional development. Our goal is to assist you in advancing your career in educational leadership.  


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Applications are accepted once per year, with a March 15 deadline. To apply, complete the following: 

Students with faculty

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Career objectives essay (one page, double spaced)
  • Critical issues essay (two-three pages, double spaced)
  • Academic or scholarly writing sample 
  • MAT or GRE scores (within the last five years)
  • Interview: Program faculty may request an interview with the applicant. 

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Cost & Assistance

Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.





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