The 36-hour Master of Education in Administration and Supervision leads to certification by the South Carolina Department of Education in elementary or secondary administration. The program meets the standards of the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) and the evaluation criteria of the South Carolina Program for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Principal Performance (PADEPP). The program provides candidates with a total of six months of field experience. The College of Education cannot recommend a graduate from this program for Initial Certification in Administration unless the candidate has completed a minimum of three years of public school teaching. A candidate seeking Initial Certification in Administration as an elementary school principal must complete at least one year of the three years in grades pre-K - 8. A candidate seeking Initial Certification in Administration as a secondary school principal must complete at least one year of the three years in grades 7-12.
The candidate is recommended for administrative certification upon the completion of all academic and extra-academic requirements.
The applicant must meet the following requirements to be eligible for enrollment in the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision program:
- submit a “College of Education Graduate Studies Admission Application;”
- submit official transcripts from all prior colleges or universities;
- have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 for all course work or the last 60 hours of course work OR achieve a minimum score of 840 on the GRE or a minimum score of 389 on the MAT;
- submit a copy of a valid South Carolina Department of Education Class III Professional Certificate;
- submit evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience in a public school at the grade level at which the applicant is preparing to be an administrator;
- submit a reference form from the applicant's school principle and two other colleagues;
- submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 220 (computer) or 75 (Internet) if English is not the first language of the candidate;
- International students must provide proof of a current Visa.
At the discretion of the Dean of the College of Education, a degree-seeking applicant who does not meet all the requirements for admission to a respective program may be admitted with the status of “Provisional.” In order to reach full admission in a graduate degree program, the student with “Provisional” status must reconcile any admission deficiency(ies) before the completion of nine (9) credit hours of graduate work. The “Provisional” student who does not resolve any admission deficiency(ies) within this period may be withdrawn from the program.
Non-Degree Seeking Student (Master of Education Programs)
The student who is not seeking a Master of Education degree may enroll in a maximum of nine (9) credit hours after meeting all admission requirements from the respective program. If the student decides to become a degree-seeking student, the Graduate Enrollment Counselor must be notified.