WWU Approved to Offer Specialist of Education Degree Throughout Missouri

With a program of graduate and adult studies flourishing since its inception in the early 90s, William Woods University (WWU) continues to pursue excellence in its outreach programs for working adults.


Recently, North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission granted approval for the Graduate and Adult Studies (G&AS) program at WWU 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 program will be offered later this year, starting with three cohort groups of 20 people each. The first will begin in Columbia in June, then in Jefferson City in August and, finally, a satellite campus in the St. Louis area in the fall.


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. Although available at only three locations in 2003, the plan is to take the program statewide.

“Currently we have 85 different sites for our master of education (M.Ed.) program throughout Missouri and more than 1,500 students,” Schlichting said. “We would like to see this program meet their needs for advanced learning.”


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.


The university is in the process of recruiting students for the program. Interested students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies (G&AS) program by phone at 1-800-995-3199 or by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu.


In addition to the M.Ed., William Woods offers several other G&AS 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 master of business administration (MBA), an MBA with accounting emphasis, an MBA with health management emphasis, an MBA with human resources emphasis and an 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.