Admission Requirements for the District Leadership/Superintendent Program

The admissions process requires that you meet the requirements for both the FHSU Graduate School and the Educational Administration Program. Please fill out an application online and submit the additional materials listed on the Graduate School Website. You will also submit all departmental admission materials listed on this page directly to the Graduate School, where they will be forwarded on to the Department of Advanced Education Programs.

A completed application to the Graduate School for programs in the Advanced Education Programs Department includes evidence of a successful Background Check.

The admissions requirements for the Specialist in Education program take into account your G.P.A. and your experience as a teacher and/or principal. In order to be considered for the program, you must provide evidence of a total of 400 points or more. You can accumulate points as follows:

1. As of November 14, 2012 the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores are no longer required for admission.


2.Grade Point Average (GPA) during the First 30 Hours of Graduate Credit

You must hold a Master's Degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.25.  The GPA for the first 30 hours of graduate credit leading to the building leadership (principal) certification is calculated from your transcript.

GPA Points
3.75+ = 300
3.50 = 200
3.25 = 100


3. Experience for Teaching and Other Related Educational Endeavors

Years Points
5+ = 300
4 = 200
3 = 100


 Application Process for the Specialist in Education Program

  You must also submit the following documents with your application:

  1. Two letters of reference from supervisors and/or professional peers, one of which must be from the  supervisor of the educational experiences cited in number three above.
  2. A resume or curriculum vita of education and professional experiences.
  3. A brief statement of professional goals related to the completion of Education Specialist Degree and/or certification as a District Level Leader as a Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent..
  4.  A copy of your certification credentials for the public or private schools.
  5. Official transcripts for all college work completed, documenting conferral of a graduate degree.
  6. NOTE: If you are not certified as a building level principal, then you will be required to complete building leadership program as a prerequisite to enrolling in course for Education Specialist Degree.

 A committee will review your file and forward a recommendation of approval or denial to the Dean of the Graduate School.  Upon acceptance into the program, the committee chair in your area of specialization will appoint an advisor and designate a graduate committee responsible for developing your program of study. Applicants who do not enroll within one academic year after admission may be required to reapply for admission. 

Applicants who are denied admission to the program should consider one or more of the following:

  • Complete an additional year of educational experience
  • NOTE: A maximum of five years of educational experience is credited.


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