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Ed.S.: Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure

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Program Overview

The Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure is a post-masters program that prepares students for principal licensure. Developed from the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, the program enables students to become exemplary leaders within the field of education. A rich clinical experience is central to the program, with multiple hands-on experiences embedded throughout the coursework.

Program Requirements

The Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure requires 45-credit hours, consisting of two 3-credit clinical experiences.

Course Credits
EDL 292 - Introductory Seminar 1
EDL 270 - Personal Professional Assessment Seminar 3
EDL 271 - Leadership and the Profession 3
EDL 272 - Organizational System Behavior 3
EDL 273 - Instruction and Learning 3
EDL 274 - School and Community in a Diverse Society 3
EDL 275 - Planning and Research Measurement Evaluations 3
EDL 276 - Application of School Laws, Mandates, and Policies 3
EDL 277 - Current Issues in Special Education Administration 3
EDL 278 - Supervision of Instruction 3
EDL 279 - Managing Schools 3
EDL 280 - Clinical Experience I 3
EDL 281 - Clinical Experience II 3
EDL 283 - Leading Complex Organizations 3
EDL 284 - Data Analytics in Education Research 3
EDL 285 - Ethics and Social Justice, or
EDL 286 - Systems Thinking
EDL 292 - Final Seminar 1


  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This program requires the submission of two professional letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor and a second one from an administrator who can speak to the candidate's potential for effective building-level leadership

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