Education Specialist in Educational Administration (428A)


This program is focused on superintendent and central office administrative certification. Persons selected for the cohort would be preparing for a central office position such as associate superintendent or superintendent. Admissions are accepted online through the Graduate School.  All applicants are required to submit a writing sample. (EdS Questionnaire).

The Educational Specialist in Educational Administration (EdS) Online Program (Summer 2014; Fall 2014)

The Education Specialist in Educational Adminstration is now approved to offer the EdS online beginning with summer 2014. If you are interested, please contact Lindsay Parker, Distrance Education Program Manager, at Ms. Parker will send additional information about the application process and interest sessions.

Interest in Face-to-Face Cohort (Fall 2014)

We will also be offering the EdS face-to-face cohort beginning fall 2014 in Hickory. If you are interested in this program, contact Ms. Parker at

Admission Criteria

  • Master's degree in school administration from an accredited college or university with 3.0 GPA, or the M level school administrator license added-on to a relevant master's degree
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Approval of the admissions committee.
  • Current principal licensure (NC licensure code 12 or its equivalent from another state). Priority will be give to practicing principals and assistant/associate principal whose career goal is to be a superintendent. This EdS degree leads to NC licensure as a superintendent.

Required Courses

The EdS is a 30 semester hour degree program.

See the ASU Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015 for a description of the EdS program of study and courses offered. Attached is the EdS Superintendent Licensure Program of Study

For more information, please call the ASU Distance Education Office at 828-262-3113 or 800-355-4084. You may also contact Dr. Barbara Howard, Director, Educational and School Administration Programs, at

ASU accepts the full 30 semester hours of the ASU EdS degree towards the EdD degree. Persons interested in the ASU Doctorate in Educational Leadership should contact Dr. Vachel Miller (, Interim Director.