Education Specialist in Educational Administration (428A)

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 given 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.

Application Criteria

Fall Application Deadline: July 1.
Spring Application Deadline: November 1
Summer Application Deadline: April 1

Admission Requirements: Masters degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; 3.0 or better GPA recommended, writing sample. 

Contact: Dr. Barbara Howard, Program Director.

More information at this App State Online link.

All applicants are required to submit a writing sample. (EdS Questionnaire [DOC, 33 KB]).

The EdS is a 30 semester hour degree program.

See the ASU Graduate Bulletin 2019-2020 for a description of the EdS program of study and courses offered. Attached is the EdS Superintendent Licensure Program of Study (DOC, 318 KB).

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

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 (, 828-262-8382), Director.