Education Specialist in the Field of Educational Leadership and Administration

The education specialist in the field of educational leadership and administration degree program is designed for students who have at least one year of instructional experience and seek further professional preparation for specific objectives, including leadership and promotion of high-quality student achievement at the district, sub-district, or school-wide level. This post-master’s program can be pursued either in the classroom or in an online learning format.  Graduates are prepared with the skills to become PK-12 leaders who understand curriculum design, instructional excellence, motivation and support of classroom professionals, and the needs of diverse learning communities. Evidence-based coursework emphasizes leadership and management, change, communication, administrative and legal issues, human relations, equality and social justice, supervision of instruction, and curriculum analysis. 

The EdS program is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). The program includes courses and PK-12 field experiences designed to meet administrative certification requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits in required courses.

Required
EDUC 6232Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDUC 6234Foundations of K-12 Educational Leadership
EDUC 6236School Law and Policy
EDUC 6238Leadership for Equity and Social Justice
EDUC 6240Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
EDUC 6244School, Family, and Community Engagement
EDUC 6246School Finance and Resource Management for School Leaders
EDUC 6270Education Policy for School Leaders
EDUC 6272Leading Evidence-Based Action Research for School Improvement
EDUC 6287Internship: Administration