The Specialist in Education degree program in school administration is designed to prepare superintendents and other central office personnel. Candidates for the degree must hold a Master’s Degree in an educational related field in addition to the requirements for the Specialist Degree. The degree program is designed to permit a student to specialize in a specific comprehensive knowledge of administration at both elementary and secondary levels. This is accomplished through electives and individual study courses available in the program to meet individual needs.
Procedural Steps for Specialist's Degree:
1. Apply for and be admitted to a degree program through the Office of Continuing and Graduate Studies;
2. Complete admission portfolio;
3. Apply for candidacy in conference with the advisor;
4. Petition the Graduate Office to graduate.
The admissions criteria for the Specialist Degree Proposed Admission Standards for Educational Leadership Program will include the following:
1. The student will have a history of assuming leadership roles in a variety of settings.
2. The student will demonstrate effective writing skills when asked to respond to an on-the-spot writing assignment.
3. The student will demonstrate effective writing skills when given the opportunity to respond over a week's time.
4. The student will demonstrate in writing the ability to:
a. Synthesize information from a variety of sources.
b. Apply knowledge to real-world problems.
c. Problem-solve without grabbing at the first solution that comes to mind.
5. The student will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others.
6. The student will demonstrate the ability to understand a piece of research.
7. The student will show a commitment to assuming leadership roles within organizations.
8. The student will demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective.
9. The student will demonstrate a history of meeting deadlines and satisfactorily accomplishing major tasks.
All students who first apply to the Educational Leadership Specialist's Program will be conditionally admitted as long as they show evidence that they completed or will complete at the end of the semester an earned master's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
The Educational Leadership Admission Committee will meet three times during the year to decide whether or not to fully admit a student to the program. During the review of student portfolios, faculty will use an established rubric to judge a student's potential for success in the program. These Admissions Meetings will occur on or around October 15, March 15 and July 1.
The course requirements of SSLS 901 will include the creation of this leadership portfolio. If a student does not take SSLS 901 as one of the first six hours, the student will individually compile the leadership portfolio along with a written statement justification for not including SSLS 901 as one of their first nine hours in the program. One member of the Educational Leadership faculty will take responsibility for helping these students compile the required portfolio. The leadership portfolio will include the following:
a. An application for admission to Graduate School.
b. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the student.
c. Three letters of recommendation: one from a superintendent, one from a Site Council member or School Board member, and one from a professor who taught the applicant at the master's degree level.
d. A resume of educational and professional experiences.
e. A copy of current licensure.
f. A written statement of the student's professional goals.
g. A written leadership autobiography describing the leadership roles the student has assumed during his/her adult life.
h. A writing sample where the student responded on-the-spot to a specified topic.
i. A written response to a case study where the student had at least one week to construct his/her response.
Admissions Criteria and Process for Those Seeking District-Level Licensure Only
Students who wish only to take courses required for district-level licensure and not receive a degree must also meet the same admissions criteria detailed above if they wish for Pittsburg State University to recommend them for licensure to the appropriate state department of education. They must prepare a portfolio and submit it for review by the Educational Leadership Admission Committee at one of its triennial meetings.