Educational Specialist in Education with a School Administration Concentration

For general inquiries about the program, please contact edleadership@colled.msstate.edu.


Program Overview

The Educational Specialist degree with a major in Education and concentration in School Administration requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework above the Master’s degree including EPY 6214 and EDL 7000 and a comprehensive examination for individuals. The program is designed for individuals who hold a Master’s degree in School Administration and administrator license. Graduates are prepared for professional positions in education including school district level positions.

If the student does not hold administrator licensure, the program of study for the Educational Specialist degree with a major in Education and concentration in School Administration requires a minimum of 40 credit hours of coursework above the Master’s degree including EPY 6214 and EDL 7000. The program is designed to provide administrative licensure by the Mississippi Department of Education. Graduates are prepared for a wide range of professional positions in education, including principal, assistant principal, coordinator, and director.

We are currently accepting applications thru May 1st, 2022 for the summer 2022 cohort. 


Admission Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, demonstrate interest in the mission of P-12 schools, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators:

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on the master’s degree;
  2. letter of endorsement from current school administrator and two other recommendation letters;
  3. statement of purpose;
  4. copy of valid teacher’s license;
  5. evidence of three years of teaching experience;
  6. résumé; and
  7. interview.

Individuals Holding a Master’s degree in School Administration and Administrator License
EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics4
EDL 7000Directed Individual Study in Educational Leadership6
Graduate-level coursework with at least 15 hours at the 8000-level20
Total Hours30

A comprehensive examination is required.

Individuals without Administrator License
EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics4
EDL 7000Directed Individual Study in Educational Leadership6
Graduate-level coursework with at least 15 hours at the 8000-level30
Total Hours40

A comprehensive examination is required. Students admitted in 2022 and beyond will be required to complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). *Note, students completing the licensure-track EdS generally complete the MDE-approved licensure courses, in addition to a 3-hour DIS (EDL 7000) and EPY 6214 for a total of 40 hours. The licensure courses are included within the program of study of the Master's in Educational Leadership with a concentration in School Administration and can be found here: https://www.educationalleadership.msstate.edu/academic-programs/school-a...