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What will I learn?

The Department of Educational Leadership offers the Specialist in Education program which provides study beyond the master's degree for persons preparing for positions in educational administration and supervision. The three areas of specialization are: Superintendency; Secondary School Principalship; Elementary School Principalship.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (32 hours)

Tuition fees
US$6,120.00 per year
This fee is calculated on 18 credit hours - 9 each trimester.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

12 January 2022


School of Education

Brown Hall, Room 200,

Northwest Missouri State University, 800 University Drive, 101 Valk,



64468, United States

Online/Distance (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$10,500.00 per year
USD $10,500 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

Expected October 2021

Entry requirements

For international students

Students pursuing a Specialist's degree must supply evidence of a completed master's degree from a regionally-or nationally-accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.25.

English proficiency exam score

TOEFL – 79

IELTS - 6.0/6.5

PTE – 53

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) – 169/176

GTEC – 1190

iTEP – 3.7/3.9

EIKEN - Level 1 (2630/2700)

TOEIC – 668/730

Duolingo – 95/100

The application deadline for fall term is Jun 15 and Spring term is Nov 01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Northwest Missouri State University

Programs are career-focused, meaning students gain the skills required for a competitive edge in the tough graduate job market.

  • Main campus in Maryville, Missouri
  • 20:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • 96% graduate prospects rate
  • Focus on profession-based learning