Twin Cities Cohort
Join our Twin Cities cohort to obtain licensure as a K-12 Principal, Director of Special Education, Director of Community Education, or Superintendent of Schools. Choose to learn on our St. Cloud campus or in Maple Grove, Minnesota at SCSU's Twin Cities graduate center. The Maple Grove cohort will meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the academic year and for eight days in the summer. Find us at the intersection of 494 and Bass Lake Road in the Dex Building.
Specialist Degree Program of Study
The educational administration and leadership specialist degree program develops leaders for Minnesota's schools. The specialist degree will lead a student to K-12 principal, superintendent, or director of special education licensure. The program includes a core of pre-professional leadership courses and academic experiences appropriate to the program. A minimum of 36 credits, including field study is required. The field study is primarily focused on problems and inquiries related to educational administration and leadership.
Upon completion of the program, a graduate will be eligible to qualify as a K-12 principal, special education director, or superintendent.
15 credits suggested
Administrative Specialty Courses
Field Experience Course
4 credits (320 hours)
NOTE: It is recommended that specialist students with a master's outside of educational administration take EDAD 620, 630, 640 and 650.
Minnesota Administrative Licensure Requirements
Currently the state of Minnesota requires that applicants for administrative licensure have at least three years teaching experience or be eligible to apply for alternative licensure. Licensure requires a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration plus 30 semester credits, obtainable through the sixth-year graduate certificate licensure tracks or the specialist degree program. A final portfolio assessment is also required of licensure candidates.
Educational Administration and Leadership Certificate and Specialist Program (pdf).
Certain graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Colleges and University's (MnSCU) Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.