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
Delivery: This program is offered online (see School of Distance Education and International Partnerships 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.
As needed, choose in consultation with your advisor.
In consultation with academic advisor, choose 9 credits from outside Educational Administration, such as Business, Communication, Social Work, Psychology, Curriculum, Leadership, Research, or transfer credits.
- 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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Based on the program’s 10 Guiding Standards, graduates will be able to:
- Collaboratively facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a shared school vision of learning through the collection and use of data to identify school goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and implement school plans to achieve school goals; promote continual and sustainable school improvement; and evaluate school progress and revise school plans supported by school-based stakeholders.
- Sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning through collaboration, trust, and a personalized learning environment with high expectations for students; create and evaluate a comprehensive, rigorous and coherent curricular and instructional school program; develop and supervise the instructional and leadership capacity of school staff.
- Ensure the management of the school organization, operation, and resources through monitoring and evaluating the school management and operational systems; efficiently use human, fiscal, and technological resources in a school environment; promote and protect the welfare and safety of school students and staff developing school capacity for distributed leadership; and ensure that teacher and organizational time is focused to support high-quality instruction and student learning.
- Collaborate with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources on behalf of the school by collecting and analyzing information pertinent to improvement of the school’s educational environment; promote an understanding, appreciation, and use of the diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources within the school community; build and sustain positive school relationships with families and caregivers; and cultivate productive school relationships with community partners.
- Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner to ensure a school system of accountability for every student’s academic and social success by modeling school principles of self-awareness, reflective practice, transparency, and ethical behavior as related to their roles within the school; safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity within the school; evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision making in the school; and promote social justice within the school to ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling.
- Understand, respond to, and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context through advocating for school students, families, and caregivers; act to influence local, district, state, and national decisions affecting student learning in a school environment; and anticipate and assess emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt school-based leadership strategies.
- Participate in a substantial and sustained educational leadership internship experience that has school-based field experiences and clinical internship practice within a school setting and is monitored by a qualified, on-site mentor.
- Understand and comprehensively apply technology to advance student achievement.
- Appreciate the perspectives of others and develop a personal philosophy from which action and service emerge.
- Understand and comprehensively apply research and evaluation for effective decision making.