Oct 23, 2018  

Educational Leadership EdS

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Program Description

The Educational Leadership Educational Specialist degree program prepares candidates to serve as principals, supervisors, or superintendents in elementary and/or secondary systems. Those specifically served by this degree are the following:

  • Teachers with master’s degrees interested in transitioning into educational administration and securing an additional degree while completing their NAD administration certification or endorsement
  • Principals of K–8, K–10, K–12, and 9–12 schools
  • Supervisors of instruction
  • Superintendents of schools

Participants may transfer courses that match program requirements. At least 24 semester credits must be completed after admission to the EdS program. Candidates must complete LEAD 630 - Introduction to Leadership  which is an introduction to the philosophy of leadership and review of the standards that will guide their educational plan. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 64 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree and requires the completion of both an internship and a portfolio. Many courses are offered as variable credits; therefore, candidates should consider their credit needs when planning their course work and registering for courses. The portfolio serves as a component of the EdS comprehensive examination. There is no thesis requirement for the EdS degree program.

Program Delivery

This program is offered on campus and as an interactive online program (see School of Distance Education Definitions). The online courses follow fixed enrollment with semester start and end dates.  Participants interact with each other and with instructor throughout all courses.  The online program requires summer on-campus attendance in the first year.  Students are also encouraged to come to campus for graduation.

Total Credits: 64

Degree Core

Concentration - 18

Cognates - 9

Choose from outside Educational Administration, such as Business, Communication, Social Work, Psychology, Curriculum, Leadership, Research, or transfer credits.

Program Electives

As needed, in consultation with your advisor.

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