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 19-month 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
  • A Current Resume
  • Class AA teaching license
  • Three years of K-12 teaching experience
  • A writing sample in the response to a leadership-focused prompt
  • Two letters of reference providing evidence of leadership potential

Priority application deadline: Review of applications will begin on 1 May (for fall entrance). All materials must be in the system to receive an admissions decision.

Secondary application deadline: 1 July (All materials must be in the system by this date)

Career Opportunities

M.Ed. graduates are professionals dedicated 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.

The Cohort Model is a face-to-face (F2F) program designed to maximize the learning opportunities in each session of each class. All classes within the program are offered at each of the UM Regional Campuses (Booneville, Grenada, Southaven, and Tupelo).

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