K-12 Leadership: Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
The Ed.S Program prepares candidates for administrative positions in K-12 school settings. Each component of the 36 credit hour program is invaluable to the overall goal of preparing entry-level school leaders. The program also provides the necessary skills and knowledge to meet Mississippi licensure – AAA Certification. The program is an 18 month (three semesters and two summer terms) cohort program. Students enter the program in June and take 6 credit hours of course work each semester. The program also includes a 400 hour administrative internship that runs the entire length of the program. The internship site is the school in which students are currently teaching and internship activities are in addition to contracted teaching responsibilities. Students register for the internship during the second summer in the program.
Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:
- Hold a masters degree in any field outside of educational leadership
- Hold a Class AA teacher's certificate
- Minimum three years' successful (K-12) teaching experience
- Have at least 3.0 GPA on all college course work
- Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination; must be less than five years old (verbal, quantitative, and writing sections)
- Exhibit proficient writing skills on Goals Statement
- Evidence of leadership potential
- Two letters of reference
- Successful interview
Application deadline: March 1 (for Summer Term entrance).
As a certification program in educational leadership, graduates from this program typically enter the field of educational leadership in the role of assistant principal or principal. Other graduates have served in administrative support roles such as literacy or numeracy specialists, instructional coaches, data specialists, and testing coordinators.
Online/Regional Campus Options
The K-12 Leadership Program offers fall and spring semester courses on the main campus and three off campus sites: Tupelo, Grenada, and the DeSoto Center. All summer courses must be taken on the Oxford campus. Three options are available for summer courses on campus: First Summer Session (June) on Monday-Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; Second Summer Session (July) on Monday-Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; and Full Summer Session (June and July) on Monday and Thursday nights from 4:30-9:30. Fall and spring courses are offered one night per week from 4:30-9:30.