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Specialist in Education with Superintendent Licensure

The Specialist in Education with Superintendent Licensure is a post-masters program that prepares students for superintendent/AEA administration 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.

The Specialist in Education with Superintendent Licensure requires 30-credit hours, consisting of nine 3-credit courses and one 3-credit culminating seminar.

A new cohort is forming on campus for the fall term 2018!

Program Highlights

Reputation for Quality A Drake degree prepares students to lead. Nearly 70 percent of school districts in Iowa have at least one administrator who holds a Drake degree. Approximately one-third of superintendents in Iowa are Drake graduates.

Face-to-face Instruction Students learn from Drake faculty members who are experienced administrators and experts in their fields.

Technology Enhanced Courses feature hybrid learning, with web-based activities and discussions supplementing face-to-face weekend classes.

Valuable Cohort Connections In a cohort program students make instant connections with other future leaders in the field and have a built-in network of professionals with whom to interact for years to come.

Licensure In addition to receiving the degree, students in the program gain an Iowa superintendent license.

Mentorship All students are paired with a practicing administrator who serves as a mentor throughout the program.

Convenient scheduling Classes are designed to meet the needs of working adults. They are offered on weekends (Friday evening and Saturday) with two to three weeks between sessions.

Practical Orientation A rich clinical experience is central to the program design, with multiple hands-on experiences embedded in the coursework.

Specialist in Education Program Mission

To prepare organization leaders who model exemplary practices that positively impact others.

Specialist in Education Program Vision

To prepare candidates to become leaders who are catalysts for ethical, thoughtful and sustainable change.  

Application Details

  • 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 soegradadmission@drake.edu or 515-271-2552.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This program requires the submission of two (2) 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.


For more information about a Specialist in Education with Superintendent Licensure, contact:

Dr. Trent Grundmeyer
Assistant Professor of Educational Administration
1-800-44-DRAKE, X3719

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