The Administration and Supervision Program offers the degree of Education Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision.
Through these programs, the Department seeks to prepare practitioners who will become leaders in their own practice settings and within their profession, applying knowledge to improve education for all students and enrich the lives of clients. Immersion in subject matter, research, theory, and field-based experience provides a base for our graduates to make well-reasoned judgments in complex situations, render informed decisions, model exemplary practice, and take initiative for planned change. Students learn to establish caring environments which celebrate individual differences and backgrounds while fostering cooperation and educational improvement. We stress reflective critical inquiry as a mode of study and community-building as a means for promoting change. We value and support both our students' local practice and their broader leadership within the profession.
Practical experience in leadership positions, quality teaching, varied research agendas, and a commitment to serving educational institutions characterize the faculty. The varied interests and strengths of the faculty have formed the basis for guiding and assisting their doctoral students in completing research on such topics as school finance, collective bargaining, the politics of leadership, retention rates in higher education, public school accreditation, alternative teacher compensation systems, the impact of high stakes testing, and the college president and the technology leader. The inquiry area of Leadership & Policy Studies provides many opportunities for doctoral students to study vital issues effecting educational institutions.
The curriculum content of the M.Ed. and the Ed.S. is consistent with and keyed to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. The standards include knowledge and skills in (1) strategic leadership, (2) instructional leadership, (3) organizational leadership, (4) political and community leadership, and (4) internship.
A Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in leadership and policy studies is also available.
Ed.S. in Manchester
The Ed.S. is also offered at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester campus (603/641-4163 or 641-4313). Students will be admitted to either the Durham or the Manchester campus; however, they can take classes at both campuses. The graduate degrees are awarded by the University of New Hampshire at Durham.
The program in Manchester allows students to complete the Ed.S. on a part-time basis. Two or three courses are offered in Manchester each semester during the academic year, provided enrollment is sufficient. Students who take the required courses when offered should be able to complete the program, including electives and concluding experience, within the six year time limit. Students who wish to accelerate their program may also take courses on the Durham campus.