Southeast Missouri State University

Why should I study at Southeast?

Southeast's educational administration program provides an authentic study in school administration by offering courses of study that expand leadership capacity to become an effective school leader.

Southeast offers coursework and practical experiences leading toward master's and educational specialist degrees in educational leadership. In addition, Southeast, in cooperation with the University of Missouri, offers a doctoral program in educational leadership.

Southeast offers programs on-site at the main University campus as well as regional sites in the Northern and Southern service areas.

Southeast offers a variety of course delivery, including face-to-face, online and web-enhanced courses.

Southeast faculty has a variety of practical experience. Faculty associates are former teachers, building level administrators, superintendents, and central office staff members in both the public and private school arenas.

Graduate courses in the educational administration department at Southeast are scheduled to allow students who are employed full-time the opportunity to attend classes. Night and weekend classes are held in addition to classes offered online.

Southeast enhances course activities by incorporating practical experiences within class studies. Activities include the development of Comprehensive School Improvement Plans, the evaluation of teachers through training in the Performance-Based Teacher Evaluation, development of plans for district and school level budgets, schedules, and plant operations.

Southeast faculty is committed to the teacher/scholar model. Members of the faculty are committed to providing effective teaching and learning experiences with students in and out of the classroom. The faculty is also committed to pursuing a scholarly research agenda through publications and presentations at local, regional, and national levels.

Programs/Areas of Emphasis

  • Elementary, middle and secondary school administration
  • Special education director
  • Career education director
  • Athletic director
  • Superintendent of schools

Accreditations

The educational administration program at Southeast Missouri State University is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This national accreditation and Southeast's strong program requirements and reputation offer our graduates enhanced opportunities when searching for and obtaining employment.

Advising Procedures/Information

Each student admitted to a degree program is assigned an advisor by the department in which the student plans to major. An Initial Study Plan, approved by the student's advisor, must be completed during the first semester in which coursework is taken. In many departments, enrollment is not allowed until the initial study plan is completed. Students should not assume that courses taken without advisor approval will apply to the degree. With advisor approval, a maximum of six semester hours of graduate level course work completed prior to admission may be applied to a degree program unless prohibited by program regulations. Study plans may be modified by filing a Change in Degree Plan form.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the specialist's degree in the College of Education are required to meet admission standards that go beyond the basic requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. For more information, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.

Appeals Process

Applicants who are denied admission have the option to appeal to the College of Education Graduate Appeals Committee, which is composed of one representative from each program area offering a graduate program.

Graduation Requirement

The student must attain an overall G.P.A. of 3.25 in order to graduate from the program. The program in school administration consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 28 of which must be in courses focused upon school administration or supervision. Options are provided within the program for the elementary school principal, the elementary/middle school principal, the secondary school principal, the secondary/middle school principal, the special education administrator, and the vocational school director.

Real World Experiences

Southeast enhances course activities by incorporating practical experiences within class studies. Activities include the development of Comprehensive School Improvement Plans, the evaluation of teachers through training in the Performance-Based Teacher Evaluation, development of plans for district and school level budgets, schedules, and plant operations. Field-based Internship in both public and private schools is the culminating experience in the program.

Student Organizations

  • Southeast Elementary Principals Association
  • Southeast Secondary Principals Association
  • Southeast Missouri Superintendents Association
  • Southeast Missouri Local Association of Special Educators

Professional Certifications

  • K-12 Principalship
  • Superintendent
  • Special Education Director
  • Career Education Director
  • Athletic Director

Facilities

Southeast offers programs on-site at the main University campus as well as regional sites in the Northern and Southern service areas.

Related Links

Online Application
Graduate Bulletin
Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
School of Graduate Studies
International Students

Contact Us

Dr. Margaret Dalton, Coordinator of Specialist program

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 5550
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Phone: (573) 651-2207
Fax: (573) 986-6812
E-mail: mdalton@semo.edu

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