K-12 Leadership: Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Program Description

The Ed.S. program prepares candidates for administrative position in K-12 school settings. Each component of the 30 credit hour program is invaluable to the goal of preparing entry-level school leaders for the rigors associated with leadership roles in the 21st century. The program provides the necessary skills and knowledge to meet Mississippi licensure for the AAA Certification. The program is a 14-month (two summers and two full semesters) cohort program. The program includes 400 hours of administrative internship activities embedded throughout the ten courses in the program.

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with emphasis in Educational Leadership enhances excellence in school leadership by encouraging individual growth and application of research-based techniques and emerging theory in the leadership setting. The program also builds on teacher preparation received in previous educator prep programs. The EDLD program will require more in-depth study, reading, research, and sharing with classmates in a professional, collegial, and academic setting.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA overall
  • Class AA teaching license
  • Three years of K-12 teaching experience
  • Evidence of leadership potential
  • Two letters of reference

Application deadlines: The EDLD program will use a "rolling admissions" process with the following deadlines:

  • April 1 (summer admission)
  • June 1 (fall admission)
  • October 1 (spring admission)

Career Opportunities

M.Ed. graduates are professionals committed to becoming school administrators who are committed to learning and modeling appropriate practices based on research and emerging theory. As a result of their experiences in the program, interactions with colleagues and faculty, and continued study, they think reflectively about leadership practices and ways to enhance it.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The program is delivered online to help educators utilize the best practices and latest research related to leadership education. Our flexible program is designed to enable educators to pursue graduate education online without having to commute long distances.

Classes are also offered at all of the regional campuses.

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