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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.


EDL 292:  Introductory Seminar
EDL 283:  Leading Complex Organizations
EDL 291:  Policy, Influence and Legal Issues
EDL 288:  Human Resource Dynamics
EDL 290:  School Finance
EDL 287:  Curriculum and Evaluation
EDL 289:  Organization Management
EDL 292:  Mid-Year Seminar
EDL 285:  Ethics and Social Justice
EDL 286:  Systems Thinking
EDL 284:  Analytics in Education Research
EDL 292:  Clinical Seminar

Clinical Hours

Each student will complete 400 total hours in the field.  The clinical experience should prompt networking and collaboration with experts.  Clinical hours will be tracked using clinical logs with routine reflections throughout the experiences.  Some clinical hours are built into the coursework.  


For more information about a Specialist in Education, contact:

Trent Grundmeyer, PhD
Associate Professor of Educational Administration
1-800-44-DRAKE, X3719

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