Supervisor Degree in Education: Requirements to Enroll in and Complete an Education Supervisor Degree

Published Nov 05, 2009

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Education supervisor degrees are suited for students who want to work in education administration as college department heads, elementary school team leaders or school principals. Either master's or doctoral degrees are required for such positions, depending on whether administration occurs at the primary and secondary levels or the postsecondary level.

Supervisor Degree in Education Enrollment Requirements

Supervisor degrees in education are typically awarded at the graduate level. Applicants must have bachelor's degrees in education, preferably with field specializations, such as science, English, social studies or math. This can better serve students who wish to supervise specific departments within their schools. Master of Art in Educational Supervision degrees typically involve 32 credit hours of coursework, and applicants are often required to have previous teaching experience. Those looking to enroll should also have time management skills (because they will likely be taking classes while working as teachers), leadership skills, field expertise and administrative aspirations. Students should expect to spend 1-2 years in the program and must maintain minimum grade point averages in order to stay enrolled.

Supervisor Degree in Education Completion Requirements

During the 1-2 year time frame required to complete educational supervision degree programs, students will take classes in urban and multicultural education, informal education, secondary school education, education history, American politics, curriculum theory, teaching policy, educational sociology and many others. Course curricula often require disciplinary courses, core subject classes (based on the subject the individual student wishes to supervise in), technology courses, electives and internship projects. Master's degree programs are required for students wishing to supervise in elementary or secondary schools. If a student wishes to become a supervisor in a postsecondary education setting, a doctoral degree is usually required and can take up to seven years to complete.

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