Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning (CASAL)


Program Overview

The Educational Specialist in School Administration program is a thirty-two semester-hour, postmaster’s program designed to integrate theory and practice in meeting the goals of individuals currently employed in, as well as those aspiring to, positions in school administration. A participant in the Educational Specialist in School Administration program can meet the degree requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of CASAL through full-time or part-time study.

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Admission Requirements

PrerequisitesA master’s degree is required. An individual assessment of graduate transcripts is performed for each student entering the EdS program. Course work to meet prerequisites varies depending on the student’s prior graduate credits. Course work, in addition to the requirements for the EdS degree, may be necessary in order to meet state of Ohio licensure standards.

Minimum G.P.A: 2.75

Degree Completion Requirements

Participants plan their programs of study with an advisor.

The plan of study can be found here

Exit Requirements

The granting of the degree is based on the following criteria:

  1. Satisfactory completion of course work with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
  2. Satisfactory evaluation of the internship experience. If the candidate receives a grade of C for the internship, the student may be required to repeat all or part of it.
  3. Satisfactory evaluation of the candidate’s growth, the appraisal of which is based on the student’s initial program goals and objectives. This evaluation is usually a written examination.

However, an action-research project, an oral examination by selected faculty, a field demonstration, a culminating paper that shows evidence of attainment of program objectives, or a combination of the above may be substituted for the written examination, but only if arrangements are completed when the Program of Study form is filed.


All Educational Specialist degree requirements must be completed within six years of starting course work at Cleveland State University or elsewhere. This requirement pertains to graduate work taken after receipt of a master’s degree.