Applicants will enter the program after completion of the masters degree in Educational Administration. Completion of the educational specialist program will require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours beyond the masters degree with an accumulated GPA of 3.5 during the specialist program. Students with a masters degree in areas other than administration will be required to take additional work equivalent to that required in the administration degree and must meet initial administrative certification.
A student who does not meet these requirements upon application will be admitted as a conditional student and must complete all requirements for admission during the first semester of enrollment. Exceptions may be petitioned to a committee of educational administration faculty and the department Chair.
Advanced work in humanistic and behavioral studies providing the student with a context in which educational problems can be understood and interpreted. In some cases, these studies are part of the content specialization. Specific courses appropriate to the area of specialization will be determined by the candidate and advisor.
Area II: Content Specialization (12-24 hours)
Advanced studies and related experiences in administrative theory and practice, development of curricula, program design, and supervision and improvement of teaching. Candidates will complete six hours from business, economics, counselor education/special education, vocational education, psychology, sociology, or government appropriate to the area of specialization. Specific courses appropriate to the area of specialization will be determined by the candidate and advisor.
Area III: Research and Evaluation (6-12 hours)
Advanced studies of research methods, interpretation, evaluation, and application with regard to gaining access to research findings and adapting them to professional needs. Candidates will complete a course in research and writing or will have completed a comparable requirement at the masters level. The student must pass an oral and/or written examination at the completion of the course requirements.
Courses for areas of specialization will be determined by Idaho certification requirements, the area of specialization desired by the candidate, and the background and need of each individual candidate. The program will be jointly planned by the student and major advisor.
Prospective candidates must:
During the semester in which a candidate will complete all planned Fifth-Year Program requirements, the candidate will apply for graduation. The advisor, in consort with the candidate, will initiate a written recommendation to the department Chair who will in turn transmit a recommendation to the Dean of the College of Education for issuance of the planned Fifth-Year Program certificate.
The candidate is responsible for initiating any application to the Idaho State Department of Education for certification stemming from completion of the planned Fifth-Year Program in Teacher Education.