Educational Leadership, Ed.S./Ed.D.

Director of Student Support Services Option within the Ed.S./Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

This option within the Ed.S./Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to train leaders for central office positions as Directors/Assistant Superintendents for Student Support Services (i.e., school counseling, school psychology, school social work and special education). It is intended for professionals trained at the master’s or sixth-year level in school counseling, school psychology, school social work, or special education who have three years or more of experience in their professional specialty area and who seek leadership positions in student support services.

Students in this option will take the same courses as all other students in the Ed.S./Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership, but EDUC 843: Seminar in Educational Studies: Student Support Services - Models and Supervision will serve as one of their three elective courses.

In addition, the doctoral internship, EDUC 844, which is required of all students in the Educational Leadership program, will focus on student support services for students in this option. It is anticipated that the student’s dissertation research will focus on a student support service issue and that the student may want to draw upon the expertise of school counseling or related faculty in the conduct/direction of the dissertation.

Finally, all students who enter the Ed.S./Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership without a master’s degree in educational leadership/school administration are required to take a minimum of 9 additional M.S.A. credits. The student’s advisor will suggest appropriate master’s level courses in educational leadership based on the student’s educational and experience. Suggested sample courses might include:

  • EDUC 725: Problems of Supervisory Practice (Highly recommended - TPAI)
  • EDUC 741: School-Based Inquiry and Reform
  • EDUC 750: Managing Schools within a District Context