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Apply to the Ed.S. Program

How to Apply

Requirements for admission:
You must have a master's degree or endorsement in education - school administration from an accredited institution before entering the Ed.S. School Administration program. If you have a graduate degree in another field and at least two years of teaching experience, you may embark upon the specialist program while completing masters-level, school administration deficiency hours (usually 24 credit hours).

Step 1: Apply for Graduate Study

You must first apply for admission to graduate study before applying to the Ed.S. program. 

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Step 2: Submit Official Transcripts

Request official transcript(s) for all college coursework be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions
Wayne State College
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787

Your official transcript(s) must be original copies with the official seal of the institution and the degree statement. Transcripts must be sent directly to Wayne State College. Transcripts that are not received directly from the institution will not be accepted (they cannot pass through student hands).  If you received your undergraduate degree from Wayne State, you do not have to request transcripts.

Step 3: Submit Personal References

Select three former or current school administrators as references. Ask each to contact Dr. Jim Ossian via email at jaossia1@wsc.edu.  Dr. Ossian will email a questionnaire to them, which is designed to obtain feedback about your potential for completing the Ed.S. program in school administration and for becoming a successful school administrator.

Step 4: Submit Personal Essay

You need to submit an essay entitled "Why I am Interested in Becoming a School Superintendent." The essay should be completed in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, in 12-point font.  Your essay will be evaluated on organization, content, mechanics, and grammar using a four-point rubric: 1=not acceptable; 2=acceptable; 3=target; 4=exemplary.

Your essay should address the following items:

  • Describe your background.
  • How did your interest in school administration evolve?
  • What leadership experiences have you had to this point in your career?
  • What personal characteristics and professional skills do you possess that would contribute to your potential for becoming an effective school superintendent?
  • Other than your graduate program of study, how do you plan to prepare yourself for a role in school district leadership? 

Send your completed essay to your advisor via email or mail.

 

Deadlines

All application materials must be received and on file in the dean's office before you will be allowed to progress beyond the first 12 credit hours taken at Wayne State.

Note: This application process does not need to be repeated if you have completed a master's degree or endorsement at Wayne State under the new procedures, which were initiated in the fall of 2012.