Educational Administration

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers graduate and postgraduate academic programs which lead to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree and the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) Degree. These programs also are approved for the following Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction School Administrative certifications:

PK-12 Director of Instruction
PK-12 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
PK-12 Principalship
School Business Manager
School District Administrator (Superintendent)

Additional Certification Requirements
The State of Wisconsin's PI 34 eventually will require a satisfactory passing score on a national examination for Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium ( ISLLC) standards at the graduate student's expense.

Graduate Faculty
Dr. Orvin Clark, Assistant Professor
Dr. Terri Kronzer, Assistant Professor
Dr. P.J. Powers, Professor
Dr. Michael Wallschlaeger, Professor, Chair

Graduate Faculty Emeriti
Dr. Richard D. Carter
Dr. Galen B. Cheuvront
Dr. Bernard O. Hughes
Dr. Paul D. Keeney
Dr. Robert D. Krey
Dr. Kenneth Redding

Campus Location
The Educational Administration Department (EDAD) offices are located in McCaskill Hall. Interested graduate students may contact the department chair in McCaskill Hall 102; call (715) 394-8213; FAX at (715) 394-8146; or view the department's website at http://www2.uwsuper.edu/edad

Distance Education Program Delivery
The Educational Administration program during the academic year offers graduate coursework for both the master's and specialist degrees at off-campus outreach sites directly on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses. Typically 12 graduate coursework offerings are provided in each of the fall and spring semesters. This outreach is further enhanced by graduate coursework transfer agreements with the UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Educational Administration program also provides graduate coursework via an extensive array of instructional delivery systems, including fiber optics; synchronous and asynchronous internet-based; and weekend offerings. Additionally, coursework is offered in the evenings to better meet the needs of fully employed professionals.

Further, the Educational Administration program provides a variety of professional development graduate outreach coursework opportunities for practicing school administrators throughout northern Wisconsin via the externship according to ISLLC Standards. Saturday course-scheduling formats are used at various locations for all programs.

Fred N. Johnston Scholarships
The Educational Administration Department has the opportunity to award three $1,000 scholarships to graduate students unconditionally admitted to the department. The scholarships are restricted to degree-seeking graduate students, so “certification only” graduate students are not eligible. Students should contact their advisor for application requirements and materials.

Robert D. Krey Research and Scholarly Awards
The Educational Administration Department has the opportunity to blind review one research and one scholarly work submission for these awards, which include a professional and varied monetary award. The awards are available to any graduate student. Students should contact their advisor for application requirements and materials.

Equal Educational Opportunity
The Educational Administration graduate faculty fully recognize the importance of cultural diversity and are committed to equal educational opportunity in graduate study for under-represented groups in school leadership and administration. Consequently, individuals from traditionally under-represented groups -- including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability -- are strongly encouraged to apply and enroll in the Educational Administration program.

Toward achievement of the Educational Administration Department's goal for true equity, the graduate faculty encourages the recruitment of quality candidates, representing a culturally diverse population who are provided with an individualized and culturally responsive admission process, systematic program monitoring, and academic and professional advising services. Further, under-represented graduate students in Educational Administration receive reasonable accommodation through their program of study with respect to departmental policies, pedagogical practices and admission, as well as retention procedures. In certain circumstances, under-represented individuals may be additionally eligible to receive auxiliary aids and services.

Master of Science in Education Degree in Educational Administration

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree program in Educational Administration is designed for individuals with limited or no administrative experience who are seeking initial professional preparation and certification for school leadership positions in:

PK-12 Director of Instruction
PK-12 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
PK-12 Principalship
PK-12 School Business Manager

The EDAD Department's knowledge base for the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration is anchored by a theme of Reflective Scholar Constructivists who are Community Leaders Capable of Knowledge-Based Decision-Making consistent with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and approved by the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide advanced level professionals with:

  1. Basic theory, research and wisdoms of professional practice of the educational administrative process and educational leadership application to selected administrative positions.
     

  2. Advanced graduate coursework required to meet professional certification standards.
     

  3. The necessary professional preparation for entry into specialized educational administrative positions.

Admission Procedures
Application for admission to graduate study in Educational Administration must be initiated by submission of the following materials to the UW-Superior Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Completed master's degree application.
     

  2. Evidence of meeting the UW-Superior Graduate Studies admission requirements.
     

  3. Check or money order for the application processing fee made payable to the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
     

  4. Two official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate academic records sent directly by each institution(s) of higher education where such was completed.
     

  5. Two letters of professional recommendation from the applicant's present and/or previous supervisors.
     

  6. A professional vitae.
     

  7. Written evidence of three years of teaching experience or equivalent. School Business Manager is exempt from this requirement. Three years of experience is required prior to administrative endorsement by the UW-Superior Certification Office.
     

  8. Two-page typewritten professional statement of expression identifying applicant's professional qualifications for being admitted to an educational leadership graduate program.

Note: Failure or delays in meeting these requirements are often the reason for delays in admission to Graduate Studies. Admission will not be granted until all requirements are achieved.

Admission Categories
Educational Administration admission requirements may exceed those required of other graduate programs of the UW-Superior. The only category of admission to the EDAD program is unconditional as specified below. A potential graduate student may take a maximum of nine credits in the EDAD program as a Special Student before unconditional admission.

Unconditional Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
     

  2. On the basis of a 4.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) evaluation scale: Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75.
     

  3. Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA for all educational administration graduate coursework.
     

  4. Evidence of acceptable written and oral communication skills, as evaluated by the applicant's submitted typewritten professional statement of expression.
     

  5. All necessary papers and information filed with the Graduate Studies Office.

Note: No student shall be awarded a graduate degree in Educational Administration until the student has achieved unconditional admission status, has an approved application to candidacy and completed application for a graduate degree.

Degree Requirements
All graduate students completing the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration in all areas must successfully complete a minimum of 33 semester credits of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater. Each student's application to candidacy is individually designed with the student's advisor according to area of specialization and ISLLC standards. The student may expect to complete the program in two years, including one summer session of a minimum of nine credits directly on the UW-Superior campus.

Practicum Requirement
All M.S.E. students must complete a year-long six-credit practicum of a minimum of 320 hours in their area of specialization. Students must make written application to and obtain prior approval from the director of EDAD field experiences. Additionally, students must have written pre-approval from a licensed school administrator - within their area of specialization - who will serve in an on-site supervisory capacity with mentoring responsibility. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a minimum of nine semester resident credits in Educational Administration graduate coursework.

The practicum is scheduled for one entire academic year. Applying students also are expected to attend a pre-practicum seminar held on the UW-Superior campus prior to course registration. Enrolled students are expected to attend two practicum seminars held at selected locations throughout UW-Superior's service region.

M.S.E Program Components
Each student shall complete three degree program requirements for the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration which include:

  1. Educational Administration Department's Knowledge Base Theme.
     

  2. Area of Specialization Core Coursework.
     

  3. Completion of additional ISLLC standards coursework.

1. Educational Administration Knowledge Base Theme (9 semester credits)

EDAD 760 Series Practicum in area of specialization (6 credits)

EDAD 768 Applied Research in Educational Administration (3 credits)

2. Specialization Core Coursework (9 semester credits)

A. PK-12 Director of Instruction (9 semester credits)

EDAD 701 The Director of Instruction (3 credits)

EDAD 710 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)

EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development K-12 (3 credits)

B. Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (9 semester credits)

EDAD 730 Administration and Supervision of Special Education (3 credits)

EDAD 731 Administration and Supervision of Pupil Services (3 credits)

EDAD 866 Advanced Administrative Analysis (3 credits)

C. PK-12 Principalship (9 semester credits)

EDAD 710 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)

EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development K-12 (3 credits)

EDAD 721 The Principalship (3 credits)

D. School Business Manager  (9 semester credits)

EDAD 823 Education Budget and Accounting (3 credits)

EDAD 850 Finance and Taxation (3 credits)

EDAD 854 Advanced Budgeting (3 credits)

3. ISLLC Standards Coursework (18 semester credits)
The student is required to meet all six ISLLC standards through various coursework selected with the student's advisor. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one ISLLC standard. Courses are numerically assigned to comply with a standard and are listed below by standard. Students may take 700-level or 800-level coursework to fulfill a standard. Additionally, at the student's advisor's best professional judgment, a graduate student may be required to complete a specific course to fulfill a standard.

ISLLC Standards-Based Professional Development For School Leaders

Knowledges -- Dispositions -- Performances

ISLLC Standard 1: EDAD 700-709 and EDAD 800-809
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.

ISLLC Standard 2: EDAD 710-719 and EDAD 810-819
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

ISLLC Standard 3: EDAD 720-729 and EDAD 820-829
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

ISLLC Standard 4: EDAD 730-739 and EDAD 830-839
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

ISLLC Standard 5: EDAD 740-749 and EDAD 840-849
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

ISLLC Standard 6: EDAD 750-759 and EDAD 850-859
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Council of Chief State School Officers. (2000). "Collaborative professional development process for school leaders: The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium." Washington, DC: Author.

Application for Admission to Master's Candidacy
Students shall have completed a minimum of nine and no more than 15 semester graduate credits prior to applying for Admission to Candidacy.

The above requirements shall be the sole responsibility of the student. Additionally, students must consult with their graduate advisor prior to application. Students may not apply for graduation until advisor notification of such is received from the Graduate Studies Office.

Post-Master's "Certification Only" Graduate Students
Persons not unconditionally admitted to the Ed.S postgraduate program or possessing a master's degree in an area other than educational administration may be recommended for certification by completion of the approved program at UW-Superior. Graduate coursework from the student's earned master's degree may be applied - where appropriate - to satisfy certification requirements of the approved program. However, coursework must clearly parallel those approved program requirements to substitute for such. A minimum of 24 credits need to be completed at the UW-Superior, including a nine-credit campus residency.

Note: "Certification only" students are required to file an admission to EDAD certification form with their advisor (not the Graduate Studies Office). This is a parallel requirement to degree-seeking candidates, who must file an application to candidacy form with the Graduate Studies Office. Upon completing the "certification only" requirements, it is the responsibility of the graduate student to obtain written verification of such from the advisor and submit such to the Certification Office with license application materials.

Official transcript(s) of graduate coursework earned at an accredited institution of higher education other than UW-Superior pertinent to the intended certification shall be sent directly by that institution to the student's assigned graduate faculty advisor. Such coursework shall not be transferred into the student's UW-Superior official academic record.

Although prior master's degree graduate coursework may satisfy certain specific approved program requirements, prior master's degree earned graduate coursework shall not be used to meet the minimum required graduate credits for a M.S.E. in Educational Administration.

Students seeking educational administration certification in this manner shall complete all requirements of the approved program including:

  1. Unconditional admission to the Educational Administration program.
     

  2. Certification coursework plan filed with advisor.
     

  3. Minimum of 24 semester credits completed at the UW-Superior, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison.
     

  4. Minimum of nine semester credits in residence on the UW-Superior campus.
     

  5. Submission of advisor-verified "Certification only" plan with certification application materials.

Specialist Degree in Education (Ed.S) in Educational Administration

The Specialist Degree in Educational Administration (Ed.S.) is designed as a planned professional program for educational administrators. Administrators seeking admission to the program may wish to increase their competencies or satisfy certification requirements for present professional positions or positions with new and increased responsibilities. Consistent with the mission statement of UW-Superior, the Specialist program is designed to be responsive to the professional needs of regional school administrators as well as the state of Wisconsin.

The Ed.S. degree is an action, research-based, postgraduate degree. The program graduate will possess an advanced knowledge base that is grounded by current theory, research and wisdoms of professional practice for one's area of specialization within the program. Acquired research and statistical methodological skills are program requirements for the awarding of this degree. The focus of the Specialist program is to provide career educational administrators with an amalgamation of advanced theoretical concepts, specialized professional skills, and technical knowledge. The Specialist Degree is the terminal degree at UW-Superior that requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester credits beyond the master's level.

The programs of advanced specialization for the postgraduate Specialist Degree include:

PK-12 Director of Instruction
PK-12 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
PK-12 Principalship
School Business Manager
School District Administrator (Superintendent)

The program for the Ed.S. in Educational Administration is designed to provide career education administration professionals with:

  1. Development of advanced specialized professional skills for present and/or anticipated future professional leadership positions.
     

  2. Knowledge to apply theoretical concepts which relate to the professional and ethical role of the practitioner.
     

  3. Background in research and statistical methodology to provide utilitarian understanding of applied research for informed decision making.

Specialist Degree Admission Procedure
Admission to the Specialist program must be initiated by contacting the director of Graduate Studies. Admission will be processed only after all required information and application materials are on file. Students will be admitted under the policies of the UW-Superior Graduate Catalog current as of date of admission to the Ed.S. program. Any student who applies and is admitted to the Ed.S. degree program but fails to attend the university within one calendar year shall have to reapply for admission.

Application for Admission to Graduate Studies
Application for admission to post-graduate study must be initiated by submission of the following to the UW-Superior Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Completed Ed.S. degree application.
     

  2. Check or money order for the application processing fee made payable to the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
     

  3. Two official transcripts of all previous graduate academic records sent directly by each institution(s) of higher education where such was completed.
     

  4. Current professional résumé or vita.
     

  5. Two letters of professional recommendation from the applicant's present and/or previous supervisors.
     

  6. Written evidence of three years of teaching experience or equivalent. The School Business Manager is exempt from this requirement. Three years of experience is required prior to administrative endorsement by the UW-Superior Certification Office.
     

  7. Two-page typewritten professional statement of expression identifying the applicant's professional qualifications for being admitted to an educational leadership post-graduate program.
     

  8. Typewritten statement of professional educational leadership philosophy, goals and career objectives.
     

  9. Official copy of the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results sent directly by the testing company. Copies of test results are not accepted.

Admission Categories
EDAD admission requirements may exceed those required of other graduate programs at UW-Superior. The only category of admission to the Educational Administration Ed.S program is unconditional as specified below.

Unconditional Admission
Unconditional admission to the Ed.S. degree program is granted by consensus of the Educational Administration Department faculty based upon the following criteria:

  1. A masters degree from an accredited college or university.
     

  2. On the basis of a 4.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) evaluation scale: Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 and minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00.
     

  3. Minimum score of 45 on the Miller Analogies Test or 480 in Verbal Ability on the Graduate Record Examination.
     

  4. Maintain minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA for all educational administration graduate coursework.
     

  5. The application portfolio shall provide sufficient professional information pertaining to the student's ability regarding:

    --Decision-making judgment and skill.

    --Leadership qualities, skill and capacity.

    --Human relation skills and responsiveness to individual diversity.

    --Educational-community relations effectiveness.

    --Communication skills on professional and interpersonal levels.

    --Other professional qualities which the Educational Administration faculty identify as necessary for effective educational leadership.
     

  6. Approval for unconditional admission by a majority of the Educational Administration faculty.
     

  7. All necessary papers and information filed with the Graduate Studies Office.

Note: No student shall be awarded a postgraduate degree in Educational Administration until the student has achieved unconditional admission status, has an approved application to candidacy and completed application for graduate degree.

Advisement and Graduate Faculty Committee
Following initial admission to the Ed.S. program, the Educational Administration Department chair, in professional consultation with the graduate faculty, shall assign the Ed.S. student an advisor. At the time of application to candidacy the Ed.S. candidate shall select a major advisor and a minimum of two additional graduate faculty committee members to serve as the candidate's Ed.S. degree program and thesis committee.

Ed.S. Internship Requirement
All Ed.S. students must complete a year-long minimum 320-hour internship in their area of advanced specialization. Students must make written application to and obtain approval from the Educational Administration director of field experiences. Additionally, students must have written pre-approval from a practicing educational administrator - within their area of advanced specialization - who will serve in an on-site supervisory capacity with mentoring responsibility. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a minimum of nine semester resident credits in Educational Administration graduate coursework beyond the master's degree.

The internship is scheduled for an entire academic school year. Applying students also are expected to attend a pre-internship seminar held on the UW-Superior campus prior to course registration. Enrolled students are also expected to attend two internship seminars held at locations throughout UW-Superior's service region.

Thesis Requirement
Once the provost has granted the post-graduate student admission to Ed.S. candidacy, the Ed.S. candidate shall work primarily with his or her committee chair for the development and approval of the thesis proposal and, following its approval by the entire Ed.S. Committee, with the entire committee while the thesis is in final draft form.

All candidates for the Ed.S. degree are required to complete a research thesis of scholarly distinction. Prior to registering for EDAD 867 (i.e. the Ed.S. Thesis), the Ed.S. candidate shall meet with his or her Ed.S. committee chair for direction in preparing a thesis proposal. The Ed.S. thesis proposal shall adhere to those established guidelines and shall be disseminated to and approved by the candidate's thesis committee prior to conducting the intended research. A final oral examination, open to the university community, on the Ed.S. thesis will be scheduled and conducted by the candidate's Ed.S. committee.

Five high-quality bound copies of the Ed.S. thesis must be provided to the entire candidate's Ed.S. committee for signatory approval within a reasonable timeframe following the successful completion of the oral examination. It is the candidate's responsibility to make arrangements for obtaining thesis reproduction on bond paper, in leather binding and with all Ed.S. committee members' signatures verifying successful completion of the thesis. It is also the candidate's responsibility to disseminate the thesis to the following:

  1. Ed.S. committee chair - bound copy
     

  2. Educational Administration Department chair - bound copy
     

  3. Graduate Office - original bound copy for transmittal to the library
     

  4. Graduate Office - bound copy for transmittal to the library
     

  5. Graduate Student - bound copy

Ed.S. in Educational Administration Program Standards
Each postgraduate student shall complete three degree program requirements for the Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration:

1) Educational Administration Department's knowledge base theme.

2) Area of specialization core coursework.

3) Completion of additional ISLLC standards coursework.

1. Educational Administration Knowledge Base Theme (18 semester credits)

EDAD 768 Applied Research in Educational Administration (3 credits)

EDAD 860 Series Internship in area of specialization (6 credits)

EDAD 865 Statistical Methods of Research (3 credits)

EDAD 867 The Ed.S. Thesis (6 credits)

2. Specialization Core Coursework (9 semester credits)

A. PK-12 Director of Instruction (9 semester credits)

EDAD 701 The Director of Instruction (3 credits)

EDAD 710 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)

EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development K-12 (3 credits)

B. Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (9 semester credits)

EDAD 730 Administration and Supervision of Special Education (3 credits)

EDAD 731 Administration and Supervision of Pupil Services (3 credits)

EDAD 866 Advanced Administrative Analysis (3 credits)

C. PK-12 Principalship (9 semester credits)

EDAD 710 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)

EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development K-12 (3 credits)

EDAD 721 The Principalship (3 credits)

D. School Business Manager (9 semester credits)

EDAD 823 Education Budget and Accounting (3 credits)

EDAD 850 Finance and Taxation (3 credits)

EDAD 854 Advanced Budgeting (3 credits)

E. The Superintendency (9 semester credits)

EDAD 700 Administrative Leadership (3 credits)

EDAD 820 Superintendency (3 credits)

EDAD 850 Finance and Taxation (3 credits)

3. ISLLC Standards Coursework (18 semester credits)

Postgraduate students are required to additionally meet all six ISLLC standards through various selected coursework with their advisor. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one ISLLC standard. Courses are numerically assigned to comply with a standard and are listed below by standard. Students may take 700-level or 800-level coursework to fulfill a standard. Additionally, at the student's advisor's best professional judgment, a student may be required to complete a specific course to fulfill a standard.

Ed.S. candidates are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester credits beyond the master's degree. Those candidates who have a master's degree in educational administration and have fulfilled ISLLC standards in such may, in the best professional judgment of their advisor, be able to design an application to candidacy that is individually designed to be comprised of 33 credits rather than the 46 credits required for those candidates not possessing an earned master's degree in educational administration.

ISLLC Standards-Based Professional Development For School Leaders

Knowledges -- Dispositions -- Performances

ISLLC Standard 1: EDAD 700-709 and EDAD 800-809
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.

ISLLC Standard 2: EDAD 710-719 and EDAD 810-819
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

ISLLC Standard 3: EDAD 720-729 and EDAD 820-829
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

ISLLC Standard 4: EDAD 730-739 and EDAD 830-839
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

ISLLC Standard 5: EDAD 740-749 and EDAD 840-849
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

ISLLC Standard 6: EDAD 750-759 and EDAD 850-859
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Council of Chief State School Officers. (2000). Collaborative professional development process for school leaders: The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Educational Administration Graduate Degree Program Requirements

Academic Regulations for the M.S.E. and Ed.S. Degree
It is the sole responsibility of the student to read, understand and adhere to all Graduate Studies policies and M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree program requirements as set forth in the UW-Superior General Catalog (www.uwsuper.edu/catalog/graduate). This responsibility extends to any additional and specified academic and/or approved program requirements of the Educational Administration Department. Therefore, it is critical that each student carefully read the catalog so as to possess a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of his or her responsibility in fulfilling degree and approved program requirements. Lack of awareness of any graduate degree policy, procedure, timeline or approved program requirement shall not constitute a valid justification so as to amend, remand, modify, or waive requirements for matriculation through the Educational Administration Department's degree programs.

Academic Standing and Retention
All Educational Administration graduate students shall maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (based upon a 4.00 evaluation scale) after completion of 15 semester graduate credits. Failure to achieve this minimum cumulative GPA shall result in the student being placed on academic probation until 24 graduate semester credits are earned. If by the time the student has completed 24 semester graduate credits toward the M.S.E. or Ed.S. degree and does not possess the minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, the student will be dropped from the Educational Administration degree program.

Application for Admission to Candidacy
Educational Administration graduate students shall have completed a minimum of nine and no more than fifteen semester graduate credits and the MAT prior to applying for admission to candidacy. To ensure that the Educational Administration degree represents an exceptional academic accomplishment, the student's graduate faculty advisor, prior to presenting a graduate student for admission to candidacy, shall determine that:

  1. A cumulative B (i.e. 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 evaluation scale) has been achieved in resident graduate coursework at the UW-Superior.
     

  2. A minimum score has been achieved on the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT).
     

  3. A program of study for the Ed.S. degree is approved and on file with the student's graduate faculty advisor.

Awarding of Graduate Degree
No Educational Administration student shall be awarded a graduate degree in Educational Administration until the student has achieved unconditional admission status, has an approved application to candidacy and completed application for graduation.

Commencement Participation
The Education Administration Department requires Ed.S. degree graduates to participate in the UW-Superior Commencement ceremony held in May of the student's graduation.

Credit By Examination
Graduate credit will not be awarded through the mechanism of credit by examination for any Educational Administration graduate student. Any student desiring to have completed educational administration graduate coursework entered on the official transcript shall be required to officially enroll in the course, complete all graduate course requirements and have a grade officially recorded by the graduate faculty member of record.

Ed.S. Degree Equivalency
The Educational Administration program does not offer an Ed.S. equivalency or “sixth year” program. It does, however, offer a “post-masters certification only” program.

Formal Application for Graduation
Application for the M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree must be made by the graduate student to the UW-Superior Graduate Studies Office according to the timelines and procedures set forth in the university calendar (http://www2.uwsuper.edu/registrar/calendar.htm).

Graduate Course Repeat
No Educational Administration student shall be allowed to repeat more than one graduate-level course taken at UW-Superior for which he or she received a grade other than W (i.e. Withdrew). The last grade earned in any attempted graduate coursework shall be the grade of official record.

Independent Study to Fulfill Course Requirements
No M.S.E., Ed.S. or “Certification only” student shall be allowed to fulfill a specified degree graduate course requirement by the satisfactory completion of directed study coursework unless the student receives department approval.

Maximum Academic Load
The maximum load for an Educational Administration degree student is 15 graduate credits for full-time per academic semester or 12 graduate credits for an entire summer session.

Maximum Time To Complete Degree
Graduate semester credits used in achieving the requirements for the degree must be earned within a time period of seven consecutive years, commencing with the starting date for the first university term of the first graduate course used to fulfill the M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree requirements. For the Ed.S. degree applicable approved graduate credits from the master's degree in the Ed.S. graduate program of study are excluded from the seven-year time limit.

Minimum Grade Requirement
Only graduate coursework with a grade of C or above (i.e. 2.00-4.00 grade point) shall be included in meeting the M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree requirements. No grade below C (i.e. 2.00 grade point average) in any graduate coursework shall be awarded credit toward meeting any of the EDAD degree requirements.

Residence Requirement
The Educational Administration Department is strongly committed to a high-quality professional preparation experience within all its graduate programs. A hallmark of such includes personal involvement with a mentoring faculty and collaborative scholarly interaction with peers. To that end the Educational Administration Department requires a nine-credit residence requirement.

Special Student Advisement
Special students will be advised by the Educational Administration Department chair. These students should consult with the department chair prior to each registration. Not more than nine graduate semester credits earned while on special student status shall be applicable to the M.S.E. or Ed.S. degree or "Certification only" status. Upon official admission to the Educational Administration program, special students shall be assigned a graduate faculty advisor.

Transfer of Graduate Credit
Educational Administration graduate students may transfer a maximum of 12 semester credits into either the M.S.E. or Ed.S. degree program. Students who wish to transfer graduate credit from another accredited institution of higher education must have two official transcripts sent by that institution directly to the Graduate Studies Office. If there is any question regarding the validity of graduate credits, it is the responsibility of the student to furnish the Graduate Studies Office with an appropriate level of documentation (e.g. syllabus, assignments, catalog course description, etc.) that the coursework was earned for appropriate graduate credit and directly parallels approved program coursework at UW-Superior. The student is required to complete and submit two copies of a request to transfer credits. This petition requires that each course petitioned to be transferred shall have the signatory approval of the student's graduate faculty advisor and the department chair.

Graduate credit granted for correspondence, workshop, CEUs or similar coursework is not eligible for transfer into Educational Administration graduate degree program requirements.