We can prepare you to become a school superintendent for the 21st century.
Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for current school administrators who want to become a school superintendent or central office administrator. Our Ed.D. and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership degrees can lead you to certification as a North Carolina school superintendent as you learn skills that meet state and national standards.
A Solid Foundation
Classes for the educational leadership degrees are held on Saturdays on our Wingate University – Ballantyne campus and at Richmond Senior High School as well. We’ve designed our program with you in mind; we know you’re busy during the week working in our public schools.
Students have the option of attending all of their classes at our Ballantyne location, or they may choose to attend spring and fall classes in Richmond and summer and their final year of classes in Ballantyne.
As you work on your degree, you immerse yourself in a cohort program based on:
- Clinical practice
- Problem solving
- Promoting institutional effectiveness in schools, school districts and educational service agencies
You can earn an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership by successfully completing 42 hours of courses. Topics such as data-driven leadership and principals in the 21st century provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to become an effective K-12 superintendent. Knowledge and skills gained in hands-on work and class are compiled in a professional portfolio that counts for six credit hours. You must also pass the comprehensive exam at the end.
After earning the Ed.S. degree, you can earn the Ed.D. degree by completing nine additional hours and a doctoral capstone project for 12 hours of credit. You must pass the comprehensive exam before beginning the project.
Leaders Learn from Leaders
Whether you choose to earn the Ed.S. degree or continue on for Ed.D. degree, you form a learning community with your fellow students. As a cohort, you’ll engage in research and participate in class discussions with fellow future leaders. You support each other and develop professional relationships. We’ve chosen this cohort approach because it reflects the real world.
Take the Lead
Ready to become a school superintendent? Our admission requirements detail what you need to enter the program. And remember: You can always stop by the Ballantyne campus, call or email us.