Education Specialist Certificate in administration and supervision

These Ed.S. certificate programs serve personnel who wish to pursue administrative positions in education, as well as practicing administrators who want to enhance their skills. The certificate can be a preliminary step toward a doctoral degree, and will allow for application to the Michigan School Administrator Certificate at the building level for elementary and secondary administrator K-12, central office administration, or approval for supervisor and director of special education, depending on the plan selected.

Concentrations

  • Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Central Office Administrator

Certification Options

There are three ways to obtain your certification. The pathway you choose depends on your educational goals. All certification programs are designed for the working professional. Each of the Education Specialist Certificates require 30 credits. Students in each of these programs complete an individualized plan of work with their advisor. 

  • Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12: for applicants with a Master's degree in a non-EDA field, includes Michigan elementary and secondary K-12 administrative certification.
  • Special Education Administrator: for applicants pursuing special education administrator, approval includes supervisor/director of special education approval.
    • Location: Online program

    • This concentration in Special Education Administrator leads to an education specialist (Ed. S.) certificate, which can be completed in five semesters. The program will allow for approval as a special education supervisor or director. Admission to the program is continuous, and the program is entirely online.

  • Central Office Administrator: for applicants with a Master's degree in Educational Leadership/Administration.

Prerequisites

Students who have never been formally admitted to the Wayne State University Graduate School should complete an online application through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts of all college-level work, both undergraduate and graduate, should be mailed or sent electronically directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by the institution where the work was completed.

The admission application is online. It is for all students (new and returning), unless you are a current student in a graduate program at Wayne State University adding an additional program. For students adding an additional program, please use the College of Education Graduate Change of Status Application.

Curriculum

Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12

Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 7625 Leadership, Administration and the Principalship 4
LDT 6135 Technology Applications in School Administration 2

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7675 Public School Finance and Budgeting 4
EDA 8650 Staff Development and School Improvement 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 7660 Administrative Leadership in School-Community Relations 3
EDA 8990 Internship in Administration 3

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7690 Introduction to Michigan School Law 4
ED 7998 Field Studies 3

Semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 4
EDA 8630 Supervision of Instruction 4

 

Special Education Administrator

Semester I – Fall

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7800 Administration and Supervision of Special Education 4
EDA 7660 Administrative Leadership in School-Community Relations and Public Relations 3

Semester II – Winter

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7810 Michigan Special Education Law 4
LDT 8135 Technology Applications in Central Administration 3

Semester III - Spring

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 8630 Supervision of Instruction 4
EDA 7820 Emergent Policies in Special Education Administration 2

Semester IV – Fall

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 7830 Practicum in Special Education Administration and Supervision 3
EDA 8650 Staff Development and School Improvement 3

Semester V - Winter

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 4
EDA 7675 Public School Finance and Budgeting 4

 

Central Office Administrator

Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EPS 9600 Seminar in Research & Theory of Administration 3
EDA 8620 School Personnel Administration OR EDA 7670 Economic Issues in Education 4

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 8630 Supervision 4
LDT 8135 Technology Applications in Central Administration 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
EDA 8990 Internship in Administration 3

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7670 Economic Issues in Education OR EDA 8620 School Personnel Administration 4
Elective 3

Semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
ED 7998 Field Studies 3
Elective 3

Contact

Carla Harting, Ph.D.
Associate professor (teaching) and program coordinator 
313-577-1675
ae2562@wayne.edu

William Hill, Ed.D.
Assistant dean and assistant professor (clinical)
313-577-9316
ad2107@wayne.edu

Erica Edwards, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
313-577-1676
eedwards@wayne.edu

Sarah Lenhoff, Ph.D.
Associate professor
313-577-0923
sarah.lenhoff@wayne.edu

Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D.
Associate professor
313-577-2413
ben.pogodzinski@wayne.edu

Reynolds Rema, Ph.D.
Professor
drRema@wayne.edu

Carolyn Shields, Ph.D.
Professor
313-577-1692
cshields@wayne.edu

Administrative & Organizational Studies
Phone: 313-577-1805

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