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Featured Program: Executive Educational Leadership Program

Degree Offered: Education Specialist in Executive Educational Leadership (EdS)

Program Objective: This program will give candidates the preparation they need for Idaho Superintendent Certification and central office leadership positions.

Program Length: 5 consecutive semesters

Program Schedule: The program schedule is designed to be working-professional friendly. Executive Education Leadership candidates complete the program over five consecutive semesters beginning each fall semester. During the academic year, class sessions are conducted one consecutive Friday and Saturday per month, eight days in the summer months.

EdS Information Pamphlet

Program Course requirements

Course numberCourse titleCredits
ED-CIFS 676Foundations of Leading Complex Educational Organizations 6
ED-CIFS 677Leading continuous System-wide Improvement of Learning 6
ED-CIFS 678The Superintendency and Executive Level Leadership: Theory and Research 6
ED-CIFS 679The Superintendency and Executive Level Leadership: Clinical Experience 6
ED-CIFS 680The Superintendency and Executive Level Leadership: Capstone Course 6

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.

Application & Admission requirements

Submit an online graduate application along with the application fee to the Graduate Admissions Office. Learn more about how to apply to the Graduate College here.
The online application will require:
  • A cover letter discussing your professional goals and reasons for applying to the Executive Educational Leadership Program
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from an immediate supervisor in support of the candidate’s participation in the program and one from someone who can speak to the candidate’s leadership ability and/or potential

Send in official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions and Degree Services

Admission to a cohort as an Executive Educational Leader Candidate will be based on the applicant’s current qualifications, perceived potential capabilities and level of commitment.

For certification purposes candidates must have four (4) years of full-time certificated/licensed experience working with Pre-K-12 students while under contract in an accredited school setting.


  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in previous graduate studies
  • A completed Master’s degree

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The Executive Educational Leadership faculty will conduct interviews and make decisions for admissions based on a comprehensive review of the candidate’s application materials

Program Contact Info

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Heather Williams, Ph.D.
Boise State University
College of Education, CIFS, Room E-214
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83705-1745

Tel: (208) 426-2234

About Dr. Heather Williams

Dr. Heather Williams Heather Williams
Assistant Professor
Curriculum, Instruction and Foundation Studies Department
College of Education
Boise State University

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies at Boise State University. She came to Boise State the fall of 2014 to help launch the program and lead the first cohort.
Williams has spent over twenty-five years in Idaho public education serving as a teacher, coach, building administrator, district administrator, professor, school improvement consultant and as a district superintendent. Dr. Williams served multiple years as the Legislative Chair of the Idaho Association of School Administrators and served as a regional officer for the Idaho School Superintendents Association.

Dr. Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Idaho State University; a master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Idaho; and a doctorate in education from the University of Idaho.

She has earned several awards during her career, including Idaho Secondary Science Teacher of the Year, American Association of School Administrators Women in School Leadership award, and 40 Most Accomplished Idahoans Under 40.
Heather loves to cook, is a sports fan, avid horse lover, fervent reader, and a relentless cheerleader for her sons, husband, and all things Idaho. She and her husband raise cattle and horses, and are both Idaho natives.