The online Educational Administration (EdS) program at Appalachian

You’re looking for a specialized program that prepares you to lead and promote high-quality student achievement. You’ll find it at Appalachian State University. Our Educational Administration (EdS) program provides extended knowledge of a systematic perspective of the administration of public schools.

The EdS program will prepare you for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration. This degree leads to sixth-year superintendent licensure.

Appalachian helps education professionals apply theory and method to dynamically improve schools under their leadership. This App State Online program will prepare you to evaluate and apply best practices in instruction using effective teaching practices and assessment techniques to achieve optimal educational outcomes.  

The EdS program can dramatically impact your career trajectory. It can also lay the groundwork for doctoral studies at Appalachian or elsewhere. Doctoral program admissions are competitive and not guaranteed by enrolling in an EdS program. If admitted into the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program at Appalachian, up to 30 credit hours of the EdS program may transfer.

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Careers

  • Superintendent
  • University registrar
  • School board director

Degree details

Program information

Coursework will be delivered online in three formats:

  • Synchronous:  One evening per week per class, students join their classmates and instructor for a 3-hour class in real time in the 3-D virtual classroom.
  • Asynchronous:  Coursework may be completed on the student's own schedule, except for individualized online meetings with the instructor.
  • Internship practica:  Students typically perform their internship hours within their local school district, tying hands-on practice to the course goals and objectives.
  • Completion time: five semesters
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Eligibility and application requirements

Eligibility:

  • A master's degree in School Administration from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA, or the M level school administrator license added-on to a relevant master's degree
  • Approval of the admissions committee
  • A current principal licensure (NC License Code 12 or its equivalent from another state).  Priority will be given to practicing principals and assistant/associate principals whose career goal is to become a superintendent
  • GRE or MAT test scores no older than five years (Click for entrance exam waiver eligibility)
  • Meet Graduate School admission criteria

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed or electronic) transcript from each college or university attended
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Personal statement

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.

Hear from an Alumnus

Brian Bettis

“Most importantly, Appalachian State has given me the opportunity to solidify my educational philosophies, to improve my practice as an educator, and to prepare me to be a leader in my school, district and state.”

– Brian Bettis