Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Certificate in Administration and Supervision

The Education Specialist certificate program serves personnel aspiring to administrative positions in education and practicing administrators wishing to enhance their skills. The degree will allow for application to the Michigan School Administrator Certificate at the building level for Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12 or Central Office Administration, depending on the plan selected. The Ed.S. Certificate generally serves as a preliminary step toward the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree.

Education Specialist certificates in Administration and Supervision are available with concentrations in:

Admission Requirements

Students who have never been formally admitted to the Wayne State University Graduate School should complete an online application through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts of all college level work, both undergraduate and graduate, are to be mailed or sent electronally directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by the institution where the work was completed.

The admission application is online. It is for all students (new and returning) unless you are a current student in a graduate program at Wayne State University and you are adding an additional program. For students adding an additional program, please use the College of Education Graduate Change of Status Application.

Request for a specific advisor may be made in writing to the EDA coordinator upon admission. The request will be honored if possible. Upon notification of the assignment of an advisor, the applicant should contact the advisor by email or phone to complete a plan of work. The plan of work is the student's "contract" with the university specifying both the number and title of courses to be taken in the program.

For Special Education Administrator approvals, contact Dr. Carla Harting.

For more information, contact an Educational Leadership & Policy Studies advisor.

Department Phone: (313) 577-1728           Fax #: (313) 577-1693

Program Requirements - Master's Degree in Educational Leadership

  • Plan of Work
    • Area of Concentration
      • EDA 7625 - Leadership, Administration and the Principalship 4 Cr.
      • EDA 7660 - Admin. Leadership in School-Community Relations 3 Cr.
      • EDA 7675 - Public School Finance and Budgeting 4 Cr.
      • EDA 7690 - Michigan School Law 4 Cr.
      • EDA 8650 - Staff Development and School Improvement 3 Cr.
      • EDA 8990 - Internship in Administration 3 Cr.
      • ED   7999 - Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay/Project 3 Cr.
      • LDT 6135 - Technology Applications in School Administration 2 Cr.
    • General Professional (Core) 4 credit hours required
      • EER 7610 - Evaluation and Measurement 2 Cr.
      • EDP 7350 - The Learning Process 2 Cr.
    • Total: 30 Cr. Hours

Program Requirements - Educational Specialist Certificate in Administration and Supervision

  • Central Office Administrator: for applicants with Educational Administration M.Ed degree includes Central Office Certification.
    • Plan of Work
      • Course Work Total: 30 Cr. Hours
        • EDA 7670 - Economic Issues in Education 4 Cr.
        • EDA 8620 - School Personnel Administration 4 Cr.
        • EDA 8630 - Supervision 4 Cr.
        • EDA 8990 - Internship in Administration 3 Cr.
        • EPS 9600 - Seminar in Research & Theory of Administration 3 Cr.
        • EDA 7690 - Introduction to Michigan School Law 4 Cr.
        • ED   7998 - Field Studies 3 Cr.
        • LDT 8135 - Technology Applications in Central Administration 3 Cr.
        • Electives - Minimum 6 Crs.
  • Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12: for applicants with a Master's degree in a non- EDA field includes Principals K-12 Certification
    • Plan of Work
      • Course Work Total: 30 Cr. Hours
        • EDA 7625 - Leadership, Administration and the Principalship 4 Cr.
        • EDA 7660 - Admin. Leadership in School-Community Relations 3 Cr.
        • EDA 7675 - Public School Finance and Budgeting 4 Cr.
        • EDA 7690 - Introduction to Michigan School Law 4 Cr.
        • EDA 8630 - Supervision of Instruction 4 Cr.
        • EDA 8650 - Staff and Development and School Improvement 3 Cr.
        • EDA 8990 - Internship in Administration 3 Cr.
        • ED   7998 - Field Studies 3 Cr.
        • LDT 6135 - Technology Applications in School Administration 2 Cr.
  • Special Education Administrator: for applicants pursuing special education administrator approval includes Supervisor/Director of Special Education approval.
    • Plan of Work
      • Course Work Total: 30 Cr. Hours
        • EDA 7660 - Admin. Leadership in School-Community Relations 3 Cr.
        • EDA 7675 - Public School Finance and Budgeting 4 Cr.
        • EDA 7800 - Administration and Supervision of Special Education 4 Cr.
        • EDA 7810 - Michigan Special Education Law 4 Cr.
        • EDA 7820 - Emergent Policies in Special Education Administration 2 Cr.
        • EDA 7830 - Practicum in Special Education Administration and Supervision 3 Cr.
        • EDA 8630 - Supervision of Instruction 4 Cr.
        • EDA 8650 - Staff and Development and School Improvement 3 Cr.
        • LDT 8135 - Technology Applications in Central Administration 3 Cr.
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