The Specialist in Education program in educational policy and leadership studies with an educational leadership subprogram requires 36 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in major coursework. The program prepares candidates to be superintendents in Iowa or to hold other district-level leadership positions in K-12 school districts. It also prepares them for appointments as area education agency chief administrators and for jobs in state or federal departments of education.

Students must complete 26 s.h. of coursework. They also must complete 10 s.h. of clinical work and present an entry plan. Many educational leadership courses are offered by distance education; see MyUI for information about courses offered during current semesters. At the conclusion of the program, students are required to present their first-year entry plan. For detailed information, refer to Ed.S. programs on the Educational Leadership website.

Students seeking superintendent endorsement must have an Iowa administrator license. They obtain the superintendent endorsement (State of Iowa endorsement 171) upon completing the required Ed.S. coursework and at least three years of principal experience.

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and of the educational leadership program. Required application materials include transcripts, official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (the GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-21 admissions cycle), three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of career goals. Admission is based on grade-point average and GRE scores (except for GRE scores in the 2020-21 admissions cycle), promise for scholarly and professional growth, and recommendations. Application deadline for fall semester is July 1; for spring semester, December 1; and for summer session, April 30. Complete applications are reviewed as they are received.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For specific score requirements, see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website.

The Specialist in Education program in educational policy and leadership studies with a higher education and student affairs subprogram requires 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in major coursework. The program provides advanced graduate study in administration, policy studies, and specializations developed in consultation with an advisor.

The Ed.S. also may be awarded upon completion of a combined program of graduate work in higher education and another academic field, or upon completion of a higher education sequence following a master's degree program in a different field.

Required Courses

The Ed.S. program of study must include the following.

Professional Education and Related Field Courses18
Specialization Area Courses28
Electives (approved by a student's advisor)10
EPLS:7395Educational Specialist Research4
Total Hours60

Depending on the student's career goals, the program may include an appropriate structured and supervised internship, determined in consultation with the advisor.

Comprehensive Examination

A culminating experience is required of all students, the nature of which will be contracted with the advisor. An oral examination of the culminating experience may be required.

Related Field

Students majoring in another field who want to complete a related field in higher education and student affairs should consult with a higher education and student affairs faculty member early in their study. Plans of study are developed individually.

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. Admission is based on grade-point average, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores (the GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-21 admissions cycle), and promise for professional growth. Transcripts, GRE scores (except for the 2020-21 admissions cycle), three letters of recommendation, and a statement of educational goals are required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For specific score requirements, see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website.

The Specialist in Education program in educational policy and leadership studies with a school curriculum and assessment policy subprogram requires a minimum of 36 s.h. of graduate credit beyond the master's degree (required credit may vary depending on a student's academic background, experiences, needs, and interests). Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in major coursework.

The interdisciplinary program trains graduate students to become school leaders who know how to use assessment information for accountability purposes and curriculum evaluation.

The program offers concentrations in policy, measurement and statistics, and curriculum and draws on coursework from across the College of Education. Graduates are qualified to serve as educational leaders in the areas of school policy, assessment, and curriculum at federal, state, and district levels.

For more information on the school curriculum and assessment policy programs, see the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies.

The Ed.S. in educational policy and leadership studies with a school curriculum and assessment policy subprogram requires the following work.

Core Requirements

All of these:
EPLS:6265Standards-Based Education and Accountability3
EPLS:6270Policy and Politics3
EPLS:6381Analysis and Appraisal of Curriculum3
EPLS:6383Supervision and Evaluation3

Assessment Core

Both of these:
EPLS:5165Introduction to Program and Project Evaluation3
PSQF:6257Educational Measurement and Evaluation3

Research Methodology

Students select one quantitative research methods course and one qualitative research methods course.

Quantitative Research Methods
EPLS:6206Research Process and Design3
PSQF:6246Design of Experiments4
Qualitative Research Methods
EPLS:7373Qualitative Research Design and Methods3
EDTL:7070Qualitative Research Methods in Teaching and Learning3

Concentration Area

Students choose one concentration area and complete three courses.

Policy: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
EPLS:6225Higher Education Policy3
EPLS:6228K-12 Education Finance and Policy3
EPLS:6242Research for Effective School Leaders3
Measurement and Statistics: Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
PSQF:6243Intermediate Statistical Methods4
PSQF:6255Construction and Use of Evaluation Instruments3
PSQF:7350Seminar in Evaluation3
Curriculum: Teaching and Learning
EDTL:6840Theories and Perspectives in Global Education3
EDTL:6841Attaining a Global Perspective3
EDTL:7004Schooling in the United States3
EDTL:7033Seminar on Teacher Education3

Capstone Project

All students complete the capstone project.

This course:
EPLS:7395Educational Specialist Research3

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and of the school curriculum and assessment policy program. Factors considered include recommendations, grade-point average, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (the GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-21 admissions cycle), one to two page statement of goals, and other evidence of academic ability and professional promise. Application deadline for fall semester is July 1; for spring semester, December 1; and for summer session, April 30.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For specific score requirements, see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Ed.S.

School Curriculum and Assessment Policy Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
60 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; maximum of 30 s.h. of graduate transfer credits can be applied upon approval to fulfill the degree requirements. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a, b  
Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 required in major coursework.  
 Hours0
First Year
Any Semester
Work with academic advisor to determine sequence of coursework.  
EPLS:6265 Standards-Based Education and Accountability 3
EPLS:6270 Policy and Politics 3
EPLS:6381 Analysis and Appraisal of Curriculum 3
EPLS:6383 Supervision and Evaluation 3
EPLS:5165 Introduction to Program and Project Evaluation 3
PSQF:6257 Educational Measurement and Evaluation 3
 Hours18
Second Year
Any Semester
Work with academic advisor to determine sequence of coursework.  
EPLS:6206
Research Process and Design c
or Design of Experiments
3 - 4
EDTL:7070
Qualitative Research Methods in Teaching and Learning c
or Qualitative Research Design and Methods
3
 Hours6-7
Third Year
Any Semester
Work with academic advisor to determine sequence of coursework.  
Concentration Area course d 3 - 4
Concentration Area course d 3 - 4
Concentration Area course d 3 - 4
 Hours9-12
Spring
EPLS:7395 Educational Specialist Research e 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours36-40