The educational specialist in leadership program provides district leaders with clinical experiences, case methods of teaching, and pragmatic curriculum geared to the specific knowledge required by district leaders and superintendents at different career stages.
The program is offered through the College of Education and offers candidates the opportunity to expand their knowledge skills, networking, and career opportunities. In addition, it makes for an excellent transition to an Ed.D. program. The Ed.S., with a cognate selected from administration or curriculum and instruction, builds on the master's degree and develops leadership practitioners for school and/or central office administrative positions.
The degree is 30 credit hours, divided into three components: 18 hours in the degree area, nine hours in cognates, and a three hour culminating experience which is designed to apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired throughout the program in an internship/practicum.
The degree prepares competent and effective leaders for K-12 districts whose management and administrative understandings, skills, and dispositions foster quality education for children and youth. A significant number of Ed.S. candidates have received jobs during and/or upon completion of their program as school administrators, central office directors, assistant superintendents and superintendents.
“The ed specialist program has provided me with tremendous experiences and opportunities that have truly expanded and enhanced my professional skills. The staff are always willing to help and support you, and they are very considerate of your professional schedules and responsibilities.”