Administration & Supervision Ed.S.

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Administration & Supervision Ed.S.

This program, formerly the C.A.G.S. degree program, is designed for those who possess a master's degree in school administration or a master's degree in a related educational field. This program offers advanced preparation for those educators who desire careers as school superintendents, assistant superintendents, state department of education personnel, vocational education coordinators, curriculum coordinators, or educational personnel in private organizations. This program leads to certification as a superintendent in New Hampshire. It is possible to also receive certification as a principal under special circumstances.


Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174


Curriculum & Requirements

Core Requirements
EDUC 964Human Resources in Education4
EDUC 968Collective Bargaining in Public Education4
EDUC 971School Facilities Management4
EDUC 973Policy, Politics, and Planning in Education4
EDUC 977Leadership: The District Level Administrator4
Select eight credits in consultation with the program adviser 18
Concluding Experience
A student must complete a field internship and a significant field project in an approved administrative setting.8
Total Credits36

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Admission Criteria

A candidate for the Ed.S. Program is expected to have the following:

  • a Master's Degree in Educational Administration or the equivalent
  • above average credentials including grade point average
  • three letters of recommendation attesting to the intellectual and professional competence of the candidate
  • an interview if considered necessary by the faculty

The core faculty in administration and supervision meet throughout the year to consider applications.


The deadlines for submitting a complete application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are December 1 for the spring semester, April 1 for the summer, and July 1 for the fall. Applicants for financial assistance should complete their applications by February 15 to ensure consideration for the following academic year. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be sent directly to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Supporting materials should be sent to the Graduate School at:

UNH Graduate School 
Thompson Hall 
105 Main Street 
Durham, NH 03824

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.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information can be found on the department Financial Aid page.

Related Links

  • www.ed.state.nh.usThis is the website for the New Hampshire State Department of Education.
  • www.nhsaa.orgNew Hampshire School Administrators Association
  • www.aasa.orgAmerican Association of School Administrators
  • www.nhasp.orgNew Hampshire School Principals Association
  • www.nassp.orgNational Association of Secondary School Principals
  • www.naesp.orgNational Association of Elementary School Principals
  • www.nsba.orgNational School Board Association
  • www.aera.netAmerican Educational Research Association
  • www.ed.govThis is the website for the United States Department of Education.
  • www.nces.ed.govNational Center for Education Statistics. This site contains large amounts of data on American schools. It is a very rich information and data source.
  • www.aft.orgAmerican Federation of Teachers
  • www.nea.orgNational Education Association
  • www.ncef.orgNational Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
  • www.educationlaw.orgThe Education Law Association. ELA brings together educational and legal scholars and practitioners to inform and advance educational policy and practice through knowledge of the law.
  • www.iste.orgInternational Society for Technology in Education
  • www.ecs.orgThe Education Commission of the States. Policymakers interested in particular education topics generally  can find what they need on the ECS Web site or can get more detailed information from the Clearinghouse.
  • www.cpre.orgCreated in 1985, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) unites researchers from five of the nation's leading research institutions -- the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- in an effort to improve elementary and secondary education through practical research.
  • www.ascd.orgAssociation of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • www.uscharterschools.orgInformation on charter schools
  • www.educational-freedom.orgCitizens for Educational Freedom, a nonprofit organization designed to help parents acquire freedom of education for their children
  • www.brookings.orgThe Brookings Institution, Brown Center on Education Policy conducts research focusing on efforts to improve academic achievement in elementary and secondary schools
  • information by topic and online law journals.
  • www.ncsc.infoNational Charter School Clearinghouse, an organization dedicated to the dissemination of information on charter schools.
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