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Higher Education Administrator

Do you aspire to a leadership role advancing higher education organizations? Step into a career of leading coalitions and  building relationships to develop the potential of education organizations as a Higher Education Administrator. Direct strategic planning, guide change strategies, forecast pathways, and make decisions that well-position a learning organization. Guide higher education curriculum, faculty research, and student services in an exciting and growing, high-paying field. Become a Higher Education Administrator!


Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration Concentration, Ed.D.
Preparing professional educators for leadership and administration in schools and higher education


Career Opportunities:

Higher Education Student Services
Higher Education Student Life
Higher Education Academics Oversight
Higher Education Enrollment Director
Higher Education Admissions
Higher Education Administrator
Higher Education Office of Registrar
Higher Education Recruitment Director


ISU Catalog, Ed.D. Ed Leadership-Higher Ed Admin

Program and Admission Requirements

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program is designed for persons who have completed a master's degree and wish to increase their skills for advanced certification requirements in educational administration. The Ed.S. is designed to strengthen the candidate's knowledge, skills, and dispositions in Core Standards for Advanced Professionals and Idaho State University Department of Educational Leadership Standards for Educational Leaders (which parallel the Idaho standards for school superintendents.


Admissions requirements and procedures are detailed on

The ISU Graduate School website     

The Graduate School graduate catalog



  • Meet ISU Graduate School admissions requirements
  • Hold a Master's degree in educational administration or a related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a minimum of 3.5 GPA at the graduate level
  • Have a minimum of five years of successful teaching and/or administration experience in K-12 schools
  • Have a minimum of one year of successful administration experience in K-12 schools
  • Submit a letter of interest, stating why applicant is interested in the Ed.S.
  • Submit a current resume, including the names of and contact information for at least 2 professional references



  • 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 course work 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 court 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 encourages 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.


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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