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Educational Leadership

Specialist in Education (EdS)
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School


The Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Educational Leadership offers educators a program designed to improve their general educational and specific c professional competencies as leaders in the public school systems. The Specialist Degree program is designed to provide study beyond the Master's degree and is based on recommendations from professional organizations and accrediting associations. Candidates complete performance based activities in P-12 school sites and related settings.

  • Prerequisites


  • Admission Process

    To be considered for the Specialist degree program, each candidate must have, in addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, the following:

    1. At least a 3.25 GPA in a master's degree from an accredited institution and program.
    2. Three years of experience as a certified teacher in an educational institution.
    3. A current teaching license.
    4. A written commitment from a practicing central office administrator who will serve as a mentor during this program.
  • Accreditations

    National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) 

    NCATE’s dual mission is accountability and improvement in education preparation. The NCATE accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.