WWU Offers Specialist of Education Degree Program in West Plains

William Woods University is offering West Plains area residents the opportunity to pursue a Specialist of Education in School Administration (Ed.S.) degree without quitting work. The program will begin with an orientation at 5:30 p.m. April 28 at the West Plains High School Library, 602 E. Olden.

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 cgas@williamwoods.edu.

North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission granted approval last year for William Woods to offer the Ed.S. 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.

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.”

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 computer and information management, a bachelor of science in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a bachelor of science in marketing, 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.