EdSp in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with Emphasis in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration, Elementary and Secondary Principal and Superintendent, Certification

Degree Requirements

ED_LPA 8417Site-Level Organization and Leadership3
ED_LPA 8419Structures and Processes for Effective Schools3
ED_LPA 8423Advanced Leadership for Learning Environments3
ED_LPA 8424Education Politics and Policymaking3
ED_LPA 8431Leadership for Data-Driven Change3
ED_LPA 9424Superintendent: Instructional Leadership3
ED_LPA 9429Superintendent: Communication, Team Leadership3
ED_LPA 9430Superintendent: Fiscal, Legal Leadership3
ED_LPA 9461Ethics in Education3

Internship Requirement

Students may become eligible for both elementary and secondary level principal certifications by completing two internships, but in three semesters (a total of 6 graduate hours).  To be eligible for PK-12 building level certifications, 500 on-site hours and 100 in-class hours must be completed.  Specific activities and expectations are provided to students by their internship advisor.  When completing activities for both levels, there are activities that can be counted for each, meaning that students can "double dip" with activities that are universal to the practice of building level principal.

Students may become eligible for central office/superintendent certification by completing the internship experience required by ELPA for graduation and recommendation to the MO DESE for central office/superintendent certification.  This is gained over three semesters and two hours of coursework per semester (a total of 6 graduate hours).  The internship requires 250 on-site hours and 50 in-class hours (to be provided within each building leadership class).  Specific activities and expectations are provided to students by their internship advisor. 

All internships may be completed simultaneously, if the student's workday and class schedule allows.  (For two building level internships and one central office internship, however, it is unlikely that a student would be able to complete all requirements.) The total number of graduate hours required for both elementary principal and central office/superintendent certifications is 12.

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ED_LPA 84233ED_LPA 84193ED_LPA 84173
ED_LPA 94293ED_LPA 84243ED_LPA 94303
ED_LPA 94613ED_LPA 84313 
ED_LPA 9481 (Taken over several semesters)12ED_LPA 94243 
 21 12 6
Total Credits: 39

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Qualifying Process

Contact department for more information.

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Comprehensive Examination Process

Upon completion of course work and during the semester of graduation, all students must take and pass a capstone exam. 

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the EdSp in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

For application instructions, see:  https://education.missouri.edu/educational-leadership-policy-analysis/degrees-programs/pk-12-administration/

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