Educational Administration (EdS)

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Program Description:

EdS birds-eye-view

The Educational Administration (EdS) degree provides advanced graduate work for public school administration. This 30 semester-hour program provides extended knowledge of a systematic perspective of the administration of public schools. The focus is to prepare individuals for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration.  This degree leads to sixth-year licensure.

For those interested in pursuing the EdD program, starting with Spring 2015 EdD admissions the EdD program will accept:

  • 30 credit hours of an Appalachian EdS degree earned in 2012 or after toward the doctoral degree.
  • 18-24 credit hours of an Appalachian EdS degree earned prior to 2012 toward the doctoral degree.

Specific courses applied to the doctoral program are determined in consultation with the Director of the Doctoral Program.

For a comprehensive overview of this program, please:

Career Options:

The Ed.S. program prepares individuals for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration. This degree leads to NC superintendent licensure.

Course List:

The complete course list is in the Graduate Bulletin.  (30 total hours.)  Please search for the "428A" major code.

Method of Delivery:

Coursework will be delivered online in three formats:

  • Synchronous:  One evening per week per class, students join their classmates and instructor for a 3-hour class in real-time in the 3-D virtual classroom.
  • Asynchronous:  Coursework may be completed on the student's own schedule, except for individualized online meetings with the instructor.
  • Internship practica:  Students typically perform their internship hours within their local school district, tying hands-on practice to the course goals and objectives.

No significant travel is required at any time.  However, new students are encouraged to attend an optional in-person orientation prior to their first class.  (Orientation invitations will be sent via email to new admits.)

Proposed Starts:*



Semester Start

Application Deadline

Info Session / Webinar

OnlineOnlineSpringNovember 1TBA
OnlineOnlineSummerApril 1TBA
OnlineOnlineFallJuly 1TBA

*You may also express interest in having the program delivered at other locations by completing this electronic form. Please be aware that expressions of interest are relayed to the academic departments where decisions are made about where programs will be offered.


Ed.S. Applicants must have:

  • A Master's degree in School Administration from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA, or the M level school administrator license added-on to a relevant master's degree
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Approval of the admissions committee
  • A current principal licensure (NC License Code 12 or its equivalent from another state).  Priority will be given to practicing principals and assistant/associate principals whose career goal is to become a superintendent.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application Fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Writing sample
  • GRE or MAT test scores

Test Information:

A test score (no older than 5 years) from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is equally accepted. Minimum score requirements for admission to the program are found at the Educational Administration EdS academic program page


Click here to access Graduate School application information, requirements, and the online application for admission.

Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline (See Proposed Cohorts table above). If it appears to be too late to apply, please contact the program manager to discuss options.

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester.  If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Education Office (see contact info below).

For information or questions related to the application process, please contact

The Office of Distance Education
Toll-Free Phone: 800-355-4084
Direct Phone: 828-262-3113
Fax: 828-265-8673

Program Director
Dr. Barbara Howard

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Major Code: 
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Programs