William Woods University is offering Joplin area residents the opportunity to pursue a Specialist of Education in School Administration degree without quitting work. The program will begin with an orientation at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 21 at the Neosho School District.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission granted approval last year for William Woods to offer the Specialist of Education in School Administration program. This degree will prepare educational administrators to be certified for the superintendent’s certification.
The degree is a level higher than the master’s degree and it prepares recipients to pursue the doctorate degree. It is being initiated to meet the demand for principals and superintendents as many who now hold the positions near retirement age.
The reasons behind implementing this new program are fairly simple.
“In Missouri, we have a shortage of people certified to be superintendents, and a lot of superintendents are close to the retirement age,” explained Deedee Schlichting, director of graduate education programs. “There are no young leaders in the field to replace those leaving.”
Associate Academic Dean Sherry McCarthy added that “the feedback from current students indicates this is a program they want.”
The program is designed to serve the needs of people across Missouri, and the plan is to take the program statewide.
Just as in other WWU graduate programs, participants will take 36 hours of credit in less than a two-year time frame. Classes will be one night per week for six weeks.
In addition to the educational specialist, William Woods offers several other Graduate and Adult Studies programs, including an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, the ACCESS program of general education, a bachelor of science in management, a bachelor of science in computer and information management, a bachelor of science in paralegal studies, a master of business administration (MBA), an MBA with accounting emphasis, an MBA with health management emphasis, an MBA with human resources emphasis and a master of education (M.Ed.) in both administration and in curriculum/instruction.
William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at www.williamwoods.edu.