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Executive Educational Leadership

Bridge the divide between theory and practice while working closely with a network of leaders from across Idaho. This 5 semester Education Specialist degree is an innovative, cohort-based program.  The program schedule is designed to be working-professional friendly and allows you to pursue an advanced degree while still continuing your full-time work.

Choose the attendance pattern that makes sense for you.  You can select between a face-to-face cohort with class sessions being held one consecutive Friday and Saturday per month during the fall/spring semesters, and eight days in the summer months, OR a virtual pattern with remote/synchronous and asynchronous components.

Official Degree Name: Education Specialist in Executive Educational Leadership

Degree Type: Education Specialist

Type of Idaho Certification: Idaho Superintendent

Apply on the Graduate College admission website.

What can I do with this degree?

The Executive Educational Leadership program will prepare candidates for Idaho Superintendent Certification and central office leadership positions. It is designed to meet the needs of mid-career K-12 professionals.This model provides our graduates with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to make a powerful influence in education policy and practice.

Administrative Renewal Course

In addition, to our superintendent and principal certification programs, Boise State also offers an online option to renew your administrative certificate. The K-12 Professional Development course “Supervision and Evaluation using the Idaho Framework for Teacher Evaluations” is offered for one, two or three credits, and each credit costs $110. The course offers administrators the option to renew their certificate and is available online through a flexible, asynchronous format. Administrators can renew their certificates by earning credits when it is most convenient for their busy schedules and multiple commitments.

Administrative Certificate Renewal Credits

Research and Partnerships in Executive Educational Leadership

Our 2021 Symposium was held virtually. Learn more by visiting our projects site Exec. Ed Leadership – Schedule and Speakers (

We started an ongoing conversation between Idaho educational leaders, stakeholders, researchers, and graduate students during the summer of 2020 by hosting a BE WELL (Broncos Engaging with Working Educators Leading and Learning) series with a variety of guests and topics.  The goal of the series was to bring system level leaders together from across Idaho’s landscape to solve challenging problems in education.  To learn more about BE WELL and to see archived meetings visit BE WELL SERIES (

Faculty and students in Executive Educational Leadership have a subscribers network that allows school districts, charters, and other agencies to work with our researchers, faculty, and graduate students to deliver professional development, coaching, mentoring, research regarding systems challenges, and other services like program evaluation. Find out more about the Network of Leaders and Learners project by visiting About Us – Network of Leaders and Learners (

One of our specific goals is to build capacity and support rural education in Idaho.  The Network engages in practice-research partnerships to identify challenges and collaborate on finding solutions. Rural leaders (superintendents, principals, and teacher-leaders) often wear many hats and are spread very thin. We work to find ways to support these educational leaders from the system level to the classroom by improving support strategies, services, and collaboration on the quality and viability of rural teacher, principal and superintendent pipelines (including recruitment, preparation, development, and retention).

Integrated and Innovative

The program adheres to a cohort model to encourage social and professional support, collaborative learning, improved academic achievement and greater completion rates, and is capped for small class sizes.

US News and World Report

High Value, High Quality

Earn a graduate degree from one of the Northwest’s top 3 colleges of education for a fraction of the cost.

Boise State stands out for its high-quality and high-value programs. The EdS in Executive Educational Leadership cost per credit is $420. Part-time tuition (6 credits/semester) at $5,040 for both in-state and out-of-state students is an incredible value at one of the Northwest’s top colleges of education.

Source: 2021 US News and World Report

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