Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership Non-Licensure

Major Instructional Leadership
Degree Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
Concentrations: Instructional Leadership (Non-Licensure)



Admission to the program requires the applicant to have a master’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better on a 4.0 scale on the last graduate degree is not in educational leadership, or a related area, the student will be required to have a total of nine (9) hours of prerequisites in educational leadership at the master's level.

Candidates in the Educational Specialist program must establish academic residency by completing a minimum of eighteen (18) hours over a period of four (4) academic year semesters or two (2) academic year semesters and two (2) summer registrations (2 sessions per one summer equals one registration) of courses in the EDAD department.

Conditional Admission
Applicants who do not meet the admissions criteria may submit a letter of appeal. The applicant may submit an appeal request form and must include the following: (a) an acceptable work record (resume or curriculum vita), three written letters of recommendation indicating probable success in the program, and completion of the appeals request form to be considered as a conditional student.
The appeal’s form will be submitted to the Department Chair. The department chair will provide a recommendation for approval. The Dean will make the final decision.
The student must remove conditional status in the first nine hours of graduate courses; failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by the deadlines below:

Fall Admission

 July 1st 

Spring Admission

November 1st

Summer Admission

February 1st


Program of Study

General Education Core- 15 Hours

EDAD 6010

Theory and Principles of Educational Administration                        

EDAD 6060

Administration of Instructional Programs                                       

EDAD 6070

Legal Personnel Problems                                                            

EDAD 6300

Communication Skills for School Executives                                    

EDAD 6110

Human Resource Management                               

Major Concentration – 18 hours

Students must take 18 hours from the following:

EDAD 6050

Professional Negotiations                                                           

EDAD 6140

Culminating Project for Ed.S.                                                      


(EDAD 6140 must be taken in the last semester of the program.)

EDAD 6000

Advanced Educational Statistics                                                    

EDAD 6040

Leadership & Interpersonal Relations for Administrators               

EDAD 6250

International Global                                                                     

EDAD 6080

Internship in Administration and Supervision                                

EDCI 6100

Curriculum Planning and Programs                                              

EDAD 6580

Action Research                                         

Total Degree Requirement 33 hours

  *Please see your advisor before registering for courses. Programs of study may vary dependent upon individual date of admission.


Candidates for the Ed.S. degree must take a minimum of 33 hours of course work, pass the comprehensive examinations in the field of general education and educational administration, and complete a culminating project (EDAD 6140).  The program of study must be completed after nine (9) hours of coursework.  Grades of “C” or lower cannot count toward the degree.  Students can only retake a course a maximum of two times.  Students not successfully completing a course with a grade of “B” or better after the second attempt may be dismissed from the degree program.

All candidates must meet with their advisor prior to registration each semester.  Courses must be taken in order as determined by program requirements. All students must complete a Comprehensive Examination Application one semester prior to their intended examination date.  All applications must be approved by your academic advisor.  All examination dates can be located on the Graduate School Academic Calendar.

For More Information Contact:  Dr. Eleni Elder,   

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Important Resources

Ed.S Comp Study Guide 2024

Graduate School

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

2021-2023 Graduate School Catalog

2019-2021 Graduate School Catalog

International Students

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