The online Educational Administration (EdS) program at Appalachian

You’re looking for a specialized program that prepares you to lead and promote high-quality student achievement. You’ll find it at Appalachian State University. Our Educational Administration (EdS) program provides extended knowledge of a systematic perspective of the administration of public schools.

The EdS program will prepare you for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration. This degree leads to sixth-year superintendent licensure.

Appalachian helps education professionals apply theory and method to dynamically improve schools under their leadership. This Distance Education program will prepare you to evaluate and apply best practices in instruction using effective teaching practices and assessment techniques to achieve optimal educational outcomes.  

A master's degree is required for admission into the EdS program.

Unlock the next step in your career and transform the lives of your students with Distance Education at Appalachian.

Department of Leadership and Education Studies

Degree details

Program format

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.

For those interested in pursuing Appalachian’s EdD program, students can transfer up to 30 credit hours of an Appalachian EdS degree.

Eligibility and application requirements


  • 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
  • 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 no older than five years


Semester Start Application Deadline


April 1


Nov 1


July 1

Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.