School of Education

Ed.S.: Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure

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Program Overview

The Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure is a post-masters program that prepares students for principal licensure. Developed from the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, the program enables students to become exemplary leaders within the field of education. A rich clinical experience is central to the program, with multiple hands-on experiences embedded throughout the coursework.

Program Requirements

The Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure requires 45-credit hours, consisting of two 3-credit clinical experiences.

Course Credits
EDL 292 - Introductory Seminar 1
EDL 270 - Personal Professional Assessment Seminar 3
EDL 271 - Leadership and the Profession 3
EDL 272 - Organizational System Behavior 3
EDL 273 - Instruction and Learning 3
EDL 274 - School and Community in a Diverse Society 3
EDL 275 - Planning and Research Measurement Evaluations 3
EDL 276 - Application of School Laws, Mandates, and Policies 3
EDL 277 - Current Issues in Special Education Administration 3
EDL 278 - Supervision of Instruction 3
EDL 279 - Managing Schools 3
EDL 280 - Clinical Experience I 3
EDL 281 - Clinical Experience II 3
EDL 283 - Leading Complex Organizations 3
EDL 284 - Data Analytics in Education Research 3
EDL 285 - Ethics and Social Justice, or
EDL 286 - Systems Thinking
EDL 292 - Final Seminar 1


  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This program requires the submission of three professional letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor and a second one from an administrator who can speak to the candidate's potential for effective building-level leadership

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.