School of Education

Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision

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The Master of Education in educational administration and supervision at Clemson University is a 36-credit-hour program designed to lead to certification in South Carolina as a building level leader. According to state regulation, there are two levels of certification that candidates may obtain as a result of program completion: Elementary Principal/Supervisor (grades K-8) or Secondary Principal/Supervisor (grades 6-12). The level of administrative certification that candidates may earn is contingent upon their current teaching certification.

This program incorporates the academic requirements for certification as a principal and supervisor in South Carolina. The program involves traditional classwork, online assignments, field-based assignments and interactive learning experiences. A comprehensive written examination is required for graduation, and you must complete the program within six years, although most students earn their degrees much more quickly.

At Clemson, we strive to prepare reflective educational leaders who are grounded in the literature. This guiding principle serves as the foundation for principal preparation. Upon program completion, we hope that students are caring, capable leaders with the dispositions to bring needed change to educational settings to meet the learning needs of all children.

The Master of Education degree in administration and supervision prepares individuals as elementary or secondary school administrators or supervisors. The program provides both a theoretical and field-based foundation in educational leadership with a focus on leading instructional improvement for the benefit of all P-12 students.

Typically classes in the M.Ed. in administration and supervision programs are offered as cohorts and are delivered as contract classes in school districts around the Upstate. Students may also take classes on the Clemson campus. In addition, we offer some classes in an online environment or through the use of video conferencing. The choice to use different technologies allows us to meet the myriad needs of learners around the state.

The program in educational leadership at Clemson is nationally recognized by NCATE and approved by the state of South Carolina. As such, the program is standards based. All 12 courses in the program in educational leadership are grounded in the six ELCC standards: Visionary Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Collaborative Leadership, Ethical Leadership and Advocacy Leadership (npbea.org/ELCC/ELCCStandards%20_5-02.pdf). The program contains required assessments that measure both candidate content knowledge and professional skills knowledge. In addition, required assessments measure impact on student learning.

Goals for candidates for educational leadership degrees and professional endorsements include the following:

  • Create new knowledge which is pertinent to educational leadership across a variety of P-16 institutions and organizations
  • Demonstrate knowledge, dispositions and skills of educational leadership
  • Apply knowledge, dispositions and skills ethically to ensure educational opportunities for all
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the dominant, most current research and theory pertaining to educational leadership, including organizational, institutional and instructional theories and research
  • Utilize opportunities to work with scholars and expert practitioners through formal and informal opportunities

Goals for faculty in educational leadership programs include the following:

  • Demonstrate a repertoire of instructional strategies suited to their fields of expertise
  • Accommodate candidates’ general needs as adult learners and individual learning requirements due to style, abilities or disabilities
  • Engage candidates in active learning of concepts and theories and require immediate application in the field
  • Include candidates in ongoing scholarship that expands knowledge about educational leadership, improves teaching and learning, and enhances public support for educational institutions

Goals for scholarship in educational leadership include the following:

  • Faculty work with colleagues and candidates to create a community of scholars focused on the enhancement of teaching and learning and the contributions of educational institutions to their stakeholders.
  • Faculty continuously seek to fulfill Clemson’s land-grant mission through public service and research of benefit to South Carolina, the region and nation.
  • In order to gain admission, students must complete an application for admission on the Clemson University Graduate School website. The following are required elements of the application:

    • A completed Clemson University Graduate School application
    • An unofficial transcript from your undergraduate institution(s)
    • An unofficial transcript from your graduate institution (if applicable)
    • The GRE exam (scores must be no more than five years old)
    • A statement of interest in the program. Please tell us why you want to pursue a career in educational leadership and also tell us why Clemson may be the right fit to help you reach your career goals.
    • Two letters of reference

    Required Documents

    Mail all documents to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    E-209 Martin Hall
    Clemson, SC 29634
    For additional information, please contact the program coordinator Frederick Buskey ( bbuskey@clemson.edu).

The program of study includes 36 credit hours. A typical program of study includes the following 12 classes:
The first five classes — EDL 7000, EDL 7050, EDL 7150, EDL 7200 and EDL 7300 — are core classes in the program. Students must complete these five classes prior to taking any other classes in the program. These five classes provide the foundation for understanding the practice of building level educational leadership and are course prerequisites for the remainder of the program.

Typically, it takes two years to complete the program. Nearly all of our candidates are full-time employees in the public schools of South Carolina. They typically enroll in six credit hours (two classes) per semester including the summer sessions. Classes during the fall and spring semesters meet one night per week for two hours and 45 minutes each in the evenings. Classes during the summer terms meet multiple days each week for either four, six or eight weeks. The summer session classes meet during the day except when those class meetings would conflict with a teacher’s contractual obligation. In that case, classes meet at night.

Elementary Principal/Supervisor (K-8) Secondary Principal/Supervisor (6-12)
EDL 7000 Introduction to Public School Admin* EDL 7000 Introduction to Public School Admin*
EDL 7050 The Principalship* EDL 7050 The Principalship*
EDL 7150 School and Community Relations* EDL 7150 School and Community Relations*
EDL 7200 Human Resources Management* EDL 7200 Human Resources Management*
EDL 7300 Supervision of Instruction* EDL 7300 Supervision of Instruction*
EDL 7250 School Law EDL 7250 School Law
EDL 7350 Program Evaluation EDL 7350 Program Evaluation
EDL 7400 Curriculum Improvement for Admin EDL 7400 Curriculum Improvement for Admin
EDL 7450 School Finance EDL 7450 School Finance
EDL 8390 Research in Education EDL 8390 Research in Education
EDL 7500 Elementary Internship I EDL 7550 Secondary Internship I
EDL 7510 Elementary Internship II EDL 7560 Secondary Internship II

Candidates must sit for the Praxis II test 0411 in Administration and Supervision ( PDF). This is a South Carolina licensure requirement. Candidates are counseled to take this examination during the last two semesters in the educational leadership program. It is strongly suggested that you report these scores to Clemson University. Please make sure to request an electronic score report be sent to Clemson when you register for the exam.
Once candidates have completed course work, passed the building level comprehensive exam and passed the Praxis II exam, it is time to apply for state certification. To complete the certification process, candidates must

  • submit a letter to the program coordinator, Frederick Buskey, requesting certification. This letter MUST include the level of certification sought;
  • submit a copy of Praxis II test 411 scores (this may be done electronically);
  • complete the top portion of the South Carolina verification of college preparation form;
  • submit a change of action form to the State Department of Education;
  • submit an official copy of your Clemson transcript to the State Department of Education.

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