Education Degree Programs to be Offered in East Prairie

William Woods University is offering East Prairie area residents the opportunity to pursue a master of education (M.Ed.) or a specialist of education (Ed.S.) degree without quitting work.


The programs will begin with an orientation Feb. 24 at the East Prairie High School Library, 304 East Walnut, East Prairie. The M.Ed. orientation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with Ed.S. at 6:30.


Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at


The 36-credit-hour M.Ed. program has three tracks—students can choose to study administration, which is intended to provide the fundamental skills necessary for effective school administration; curriculum and instruction, which is for teachers who wish to enhance their classroom skills, and athletics/activities administration, which is for anyone interested in developing and administering activities in any school or community setting.


Claudia S. Gott, assistant superintendent of Warsaw R-IX Schools, completed her M.Ed. in Clinton. She said she found the program very beneficial and said “working with current educators and administrators in the course work was the greatest strength of the program.”


The program, she said, “prepared me to take the position I currently have with the utmost confidence, and the educational contacts I have gained from the Williams Woods Program are priceless.”


North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission granted approval in 2003 for William Woods to offer the specialist of education in school administration program. This degree prepares educational administrators to be certified for the superintendent’s certification. 


A specialist of education in curriculum leadership was added later.  These degrees are a level higher than the master’s degree and they prepare recipients to pursue the doctorate degree.


Miriam Spencer of Liberty, Mo., completed her specialist of education in school administration at William Woods.


“The convenient schedule and the way the curriculum covered material that I could immediately put to use was the greatest strength of the program,” she said.


She added, “I have referred several people to the program.  I explain that the format, location, and variety of professors were great.  The grandest opportunity was to spend time with professionals from a variety of districts and learn about best practices from others.”


Employing a model of accelerated learning developed especially for the convenience of the working adult, William Woods University’s Graduate and Adult Studies programs are structured so that a degree can be completed in as few as 22 months.