Wayne State College

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Program of Study

The education specialist degree program (Ed.S.) at Wayne State College entails 30 credit hours of online or independent study coursework, all of which must be completed within a 10-year time frame. The program standards, conceptual framework, and outcomes are aligned with requirements contained in Nebraska Department of Education Rules 21 and 24, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). Students who complete the Ed.S. degree may be certified to work as a school administrator at any level in a PK-12 school system.


Core courses: 30 hours

  • EDU 700 The Superintendency (3)
  • EDU 704 School Law for Administrators (3)
  • EDU 705 Problem Resolution in Educational Organizations (3)
  • EDU 710 School Improvement Planning (3)
  • EDU 725 Educational Facility Planning (3)
  • EDU 730 Human Resources Administration (3)
  • EDU 740 Educational Finance and Business Management (3)
  • EDU 745 School Finance and Budgeting (3)
  • EDU 750 School and Community Relations (3)
  • EDU 786 Advanced Internship In Educational Leadership (3)

Iowa students: Iowa students have the option of substituting the Iowa School Finance Series (ISFLC) for Wayne State’s EDU 740, Educational Finance and Business Management.  Graduate credit is offered through Drake, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and Northern Iowa University.  In addition, Iowa students will need to complete a course in the administration of special education.  WSC offers SPD 611 online in the July summer session, which meets Iowa certification requirements, and this course may be used as an elective. 



After the completion of at least 15 program hours, your advisor and one other faculty member in school administration will conduct an interview to assess your progress and garner feedback on the relevancy of the program. The interview will be conducted via an online video conference. A faculty determination will be made using the progress interview rubric regarding your suitability to continue in the school administration program.

Iowa students must complete a course in special education when applying for their first administrative certificate. If a student desires to be licensed as an administrator in Iowa for the first time, they may need to complete a special education administration course. WSC offers SPD 611 online during all sessions, which meets Iowa certification requirements. Check with the Iowa Board of Examiners if you are unsure if you need a special education course for licensure.