Program Overview

The Master of Educational Science Educational Leadership: Superintendent with a concentration in Building Administrator degree offered by Northwest Nazarene University is a program of study available to students in a completely online format. This program prepares students for qualification for a K-12 superintendents. Among the requirements of this program, a student must complete a nine month internship in a school setting under to watch of a qualified superintendent. It should take approximately 23 months to complete this degree. This degree aims to prepare students for positions such as: superintendent, assistant superintendent, and other school district central office roles. The curriculum of this program emphasizes the administrator as not only leader, but also servant leader. This program covers concepts such as: understanding organizational structure, managing tasks of an administrator, and how to set and achieve goals.

There are some admissions requirements for this program. A student must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale or 3.0 in the last 30 credit hours of their program of study, and a current certification or licensure as a classroom teacher or counselor based on a recommendation from a state approved higher education teacher preparation program.

This program requires students to take and complete 30 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Science in Educational Leadership. The required courses include: Special Education Law for Administrators, Labor Relations in Schools, Educational Change: A Historical Perspective, The Superintendency, Advanced School Finance, School Facilities, Public Relations and Marketing for Schools, Special Populations: Issues and Resources, Research, and a Central Office Internship.

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Northwest Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit, four-year university with Christian-based values. Located on a 90-acre campus in the city of Nampa, Idaho, Northwest Nazarene first opened its doors in 1913 to elementary school students, and within two years, added high school and college programs. NNU is one of eight Church of the Nazarene affiliated liberal arts colleges. Northwest Nazarene University’s mission is: “the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.”

    The university supports a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. NNU Online, maintained by the College of Adult and Graduate Studies gives students the options to earn online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.


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