The specialist's degree is a sixth-year, self-contained degree program at the post-master's level. In broad terms the specialist's degree indicates that the recipient has completed a program with a concentration in educational administration. The program is designed for students who need additional preparation beyond the master's degree. The basic components of the degree may vary in emphasis but will generally include the following: a set of core courses, a demonstration of relevant competency in research, a clinical field study experience, and electives designed to assist the student in achievement of career goals. The program normally includes one or more experiences which provide opportunity to integrate theory and practice and a summative experience as a context for measuring achievement and intellectual growth. Academic credit applicable to the degree will only be recognized/awarded for those courses designed to extend skills beyond the master's degree. Degree credit is not awarded for courses designed or required to meet prerequisites for admission.