Students who have already earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or a related field may seek admission to the Interscholastic Athletic Administration program to earn the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. Completion of this degree qualifies students to teach at a university or community college level. This degree is fully approved through the Mississippi State Department of Education Licensing Commission for upgrades to teacher’s licenses and also carries an athletic director endorsement.

Program Overview


This program is 39 hours, including 33 hours in the IAA curriculum, 2 additional courses in the Education Specialist curriculum, and a minimum of 18 hours of PED coursework. This qualifies a student earning this degree to teach at a university or community college level.

Delivery Method

Classes are delivered in both hybrid and online formats, making this program ideal for full-time working educators. A new cohort begins each summer and fall term.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

Prospective students must:

Complete an online application & pay application fee

Submit official transcripts to Graduate Admissions via eScript or mailed from the institution

Hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.25+

Hold or qualify to hold a Class A teacher’s license or complete waiver of licensure form

Provide two references from past or current supervisors

NOTE: Students that hold a master’s degree in Interscholastic Athletic Administration from William Carey University may not apply for the specialist in Interscholastic Athletic Administration

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