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Idaho State University

Education Administration Ed.S.

Introducing the ED.S. Accelerated Cohort Program

  • Cohort start date January 2020
  • Graduate in 5 semesters - August 2021
  • 30 credits | 24 core and 6 elective credits
  • Two 8-week courses per semester
  • All courses offered online using virtual technologies
  • Earn Idaho Superintendent Endorsement
  • All 30 credits can be applied toward a Doctorate (Ed.D.) in K-12 Administration

For more information contact:

Patti Mortensen, Ed.D.

(208) 282-3661 |


Ronald Bolinger, Ed.D.

(208) 282-4332 |


A great Superintendent responds effectively to multiple district constituencies! Prepare to be an effective  School Superintendent with the Education Specialist in Education Administration. Leading administrators to accomplish goals, building relationships among the school board, teachers, students, parents, staff, and the community toward increased student achievement is the multi-faceted challenge of a Superintendent as an Education Administrator. The Education Specialist in Education Administration aligns with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards. If you are guided by the best path for students, you have the heart of a great Superintendent!


Educational Leadership, Education Administration Concentration, Ed.S.

Preparing professional educators for leadership and administration in school districts


Career Opportunities:

Public School Superintendent
Central Office Administrator
State Departments of Education
Agency or Council Consultant
School Capacity Building
Textbook Consultant
Education Policy Consultant       


ISU Catalog, Ed.S. Ed Leadership-Ed Admin


Program and Admission Requirements



  • 21 credits in Educational Administration emphasis courses
  • 3 credits of practicum
  • 6 credits of electives
  • 1 credit of case study

A candidate with a master's degree in an area other than educational administration may be required to take additional coursework equivalent to that required in the administration degree and must meet initial Idaho administrative certification requirements.





EDUC 6610 Applied Educational Statistics (or equivalent) 3 credits

The candidate must have successfully completed a master's level education statistics course prior to admission to the program or during the first semester of coursework in the Ed.S. program. Credits do not count toward degree requirements.


Educational Administration Emphasis Courses (21 credits)

EDLA 6643 School Personnel Administration 3 credits

EDLA 6662 Superintendency 3 credits

EDLA 6664 Public School Monetary and Business Policy 3 credits

EDLA 7720 Legal and Ethical issues in Education Organizations 3 credits

EDLA 7721 Educational Policy and Governance 3 credits

EDLA 7723 Educational Planning and Evaluation 3 credits

EDLA 7724 Data-Informed Instructional Leadership 3 credits


Electives (6 credits)

Candidates take six credits of elective graduate courses to meet their needs and background. Candidates are encouraged to take doctoral core courses to fulfill the required electives.


Practicum (3 credits)

EDLA 6637 Practicum 3 credits

 The candidate may begin the 300-hour practicum once he or she completes 6 credit hours of program emphasis courses.  The practicum, which takes place in at least one school district central office, usually takes more than one semester to complete. The candidate must register for 3 credits in the first semester of practicum and at least 1 credit in each additional semester (including summers) for continuous enrollment until the practicum is complete.


Case Study (1 credit)

EDLA 7751 Field Project/Case Study 1 credit

 The candidate must complete all coursework prior to enrolling in the Field Project/Case Study or must be registered in the last required courses during the semester of the Field Project/Case Study. The candidate must have completed a significant number of practicum hours and turned in the required reports to the Practicum Coordinator prior to getting permission from the Practicum Coordinator to enroll in the Field Project/Case Study.  The candidate works with his or her adviser and the Field Project/Case Study Coordinator to determine which assignments best fits the candidate's background and needs.


For additional information, contact the Department of School Psychology and Educational Leadership at: or call 208-282-2976.