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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 8419Superintendent: Structures and Processes for Effective Schools3
ED_LPA 8423Advanced Leadership for Learning Environments3
ED_LPA 8424Education Politics and Policymaking3
ED_LPA 8431Leadership for Data-Driven Change (this course may be waived if student had similar course in Master's program)3
ED_LPA 9420Superintendent: Fiscal Leadership and Management3
ED_LPA 9424Superintendent: Instructional Leadership3
ED_LPA 9429Superintendent: Communication, Team Leadership3
ED_LPA 9435Superintendent: Legal Leadership and Management3
ED_LPA 9461Ethics in Education3
ED_LPA 9481Internship in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis3

Internship Requirement

Students may become eligible for both elementary and secondary level principal certifications by completing two internships, but in two or three semesters (ED_LPA 9481 - a total of 3 graduate hours).  To be eligible for PK-12 building level certifications, 300 internship hours must be completed.  Specific activities and expectations are provided to students by their internship advisor.  

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 usually gained over two semesters (a total of 3 graduate hours).  To be eligible for central office/superintendent certification, 300 internship hours must be completed.  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 in one semester.) The total number of graduate hours required for both K-12 principal and central office/superintendent certifications is 6.  NOTE:  DESE requires two years of building-level administration before they will issue a superintendent certificate.

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ED_LPA 84233ED_LPA 84193ED_LPA 84173
ED_LPA 94293ED_LPA 84243ED_LPA 84313
ED_LPA 94613ED_LPA 94243ED_LPA 94203
ED_LPA 9481 (Taken over several semesters)6 ED_LPA 94353
 15 9 12
Total Credits: 36

** Program can be completed in 3 - 6 semesters.

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Qualifying Process

Contact department for more information.

Comprehensive Examination Process

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


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 Graduate School. 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 Graduate School 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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