Master of Education
The Master of Education (M. Ed.) in School Administration is a degree program through which one may prepare for certification as a school principal in Kentucky public schools. This preparation program includes 33 hours of course work and leads to a letter of eligibility for the Instructional Leader, School Principalship, All Grades professional certificate. If this is a student's initial master's degree, it will lead to Rank II. For those who already have one master's degree, a 30-hour Rank I program can be completed.
Admission to the M.Ed. program includes the following criteria:
1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
2. On a.4.0 scale, a GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work and 3.0 GPA on all graduate work;
3. Official scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
4. One year of professional experience in an educational or other organizational setting;
5. Complete program application with supporting materials;
6. Professional and scholarly references; and
7. Positive recommendation for admission from the UK Department of Administration and Supervision.
With the M.Ed. tied to principal certification, the state of Kentucky establishes the following additional requirements for a letter of eligibility for Kentucky principalship certification:
1. Master's degree in education from an accredited institution;
2. GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all collegiate work;
3. Eligibility for a Kentucky classroom teaching certificate;
4. Completion of the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) or two years out-of state full-time teaching experience;
5. Three years full-time teaching experience completed;
6. Passing score on the National Teacher Examination (as required of KY teachers);
7. Passing of national and state tests as specified by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board,
8. Completion of a preparation program approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
Specialist in Education
The Department of Administration & Supervision in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky offers a practice-oriented, academic program leading to the awarding of the Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.). This program is intended to serve two interrelated and complementary purposes:
- to provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop specialized expertise in the area of educational leadership with a focus on school administration and instructional supervision: and
- to provide those professional educators who desire it, a bridge from their master's-level academic work to doctoral-level study in the specialized area of educational administration and supervision.
The content of the Ed.S. program is divided into two segments. The classroom-based segment of the program consists usually of 39 hours of formal course work that can be structured to meet the course-based subject matter requirements for Kentucky certification as a building-level principal, as an instructional supervisor, or as a school district superintendent. The second segment of the EdS program consists of the design, implementation, and formal written description of a field-based inquiry project.
Admission to the EdS program follows the basic requirements of The Graduate School at the University of Kentucky and any additional requirements imposed by the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board for the particular certificate sought in conjunction with the Ed.S., plus professional references, a complete program application to the Department of Administration & Supervision, and a positive recommendation by the Department's admissions committee.
Doctor of Education
The Department of Administration & Supervision offers the Ed.D. (Doctor of Education degree) in Instruction and Administration with a program emphasis in Educational Leadership. Four important themes are embedded in the Department's Ed.D. program emphasis and are reflected throughout the content of course work:
Valuing Research and the Use of Data
Fostering Educational Improvement
Focusing on Leadership Development
Addressing Concerns for Social Justice
Every student's program of study for this Ed.D. has three essential elements: (1) the core curriculum; (2) a program major emphasis; and (3) a research sequence.
Admission to the doctoral program in EDA requires completion of the Graduate School`s application requirements plus a complete application and references to the Department of Administration & Supervision with the following attachments to the EDA application:
A short (2 - 3 typed pages) autobiographical statement explaining how you came to be where you are at this point in your life.
Professional Goals Statement:
A short (2 - 3 typed pages) explanation of your professional goals highlighting future plans and aspirations.
Professional Perspectives Essay:
A short (3-5 typed pages) essay responding to one of the topics below. This essay will be reviewed on the basis of the content of your ideas, the clarity and logic used in developing, organizing, and presenting those ideas, and on the use of correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., as well.
Essay Topic For Ed.D. Degree Program
Contemporary educational leaders must provide leadership relative to many complex and sometimes controversial issues. Pick ONE set of issues from the list below (i.e., #1, #2, or #3). In your essay, explain briefly your understanding of the issue set you selected and discuss briefly your own current thinking about what it means to provide responsible educational leadership in reference to it.
1. Culture, gender, ethnicity, and social class;
2. Teaching, learning, and professional ethics;
3. New organizational structures for schools, political demands, and fiscal limitations.
The Ed.D. Curriculum
Course work for the Ed.D. in Instruction and Administration within the department will consist of a minimum of 45 hours of graduate course work beyond the master's in addition to the required 18 hours of dissertation research. All course work plans include work in the following:
a. Instruction and Administration,
b. Support work in education,
c. Research methodology course sequence, and,
d. Support work outside of education.
Internships for graduate students can be arranged with public school systems and other educational agencies.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available through the department. These involve up to 20 hours per week of service to the department or some other unit of the University, designed in such a way that the work contributes to the educational development of the student. A modest stipend is paid for this service. The University also provides some financial aid in the form of loans and fellowships.
For further information, write to the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Administration and Supervision, 111 Dickey Hall, College of Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506, requesting materials for the specific program of interest.
EDA 600 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF AMERICAN EDUCATION (3)
EDA 601 INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION (3)
EDA 610 SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM I: SUMMER (1)
EDA 611 SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM II (1)
EDA 612 SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM III (1)
EDA 625 SCHOOL SAFETY AND DISCIPLINE LEADERSHIP (3)
EDA 627 SCHOOL FINANCE AND SUPPORT SERVICES (3)
EDA 628 SCHOOL LAW AND ETHICS (3)
EDA 629 THE PRINCIPAL (3)
EDA 631 LEADERSHIP FOR SCHOOL PROGRAM COLLABORATION (3)
EDA 632 ADMINISTRATION OF EDUCATIONAL REFORM (3)
EDA 634 LEADERSHIP FOR HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT IN SCHOOLS (3)
EDA 638 THE SUPERVISOR (3)
EDA 639 THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENCY (3)
EDA 642 MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ADMINISTRATION (3)
EDA 646 LEADERSHIP FOR SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONS (3)
EDA 649 SCHOOL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION (3)
EDA 650 LEADERSHIP FOR SCHOOL PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT (3)
EDA 651 FOUNDATIONS OF INQUIRY (3)
EDA 659 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN EDUCATION (3)
EDA 669 LEADERSHIP FOR SCHOOL PROBLEM SOLVING (3)
EDA 679 SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PRACTICUM I: SPRING (1)
EDA 680 SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PRACTICUM II: SUMMER (1)
EDA 681 SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PRACTICUM III: FALL (1)
EDA 694 THE ADMINISTRATION OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (SAME AS AED/HEE 694) (3)
EDA 701 LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS I (3)
EDA 702 LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS II (3)
EDA 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
EDA 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
EDA 770 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (1-3)
EDA 771 SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION (1-3)
EDA 785 INDEPENDENT WORK IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION (3)
EDA 792 RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION (3)