Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership Licensure


Major Instructional Leadership
Degree Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)
Concentrations Instructional Leadership with 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, and submission of an official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) score is required for admission. All applicants must submit test scores at the time of application.

Additional Admission Requirements for the Ed.S. Licensure Concentration

In addition to the general admission requirements, consideration will be given to: (a) previous graduate GPA when the student has nine (9) or more graduate hours; (b) GRE or MAT scores; (c) a letter of recommendation on official employment letterhead; (d) a minimum of three years of work experience in the schools; (e) an acceptable score on an interview; (f) an acceptable score on a writing sample; (g) an acceptable score on in-basket exercises to be scheduled through the department; (h) and a teacher license. A Portfolio is required as part of the admissions process. The department will send the instructions for the portfolio upon receipt of your application in the department. The criteria listed above will be evaluated to determine the applicant’s overall potential for success in the program as compared to other applicants in the admissions cycle. There are no conditional admissions.

Each student must be interviewed by a committee of professional administrators prior to admission to the program. The admissions committee will review and evaluate the entire academic and professional record in making the admission decision. Each student must inform his or her advisor early in the program that Principal/Supervisor licensure is being sought. All candidates must complete and successfully defend a required Action Research Project.  All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by the deadlines below:

Fall Admission

July  1st

Spring Admission

November 1st

Summer Admission

 April 1st

Transfer Credits

Candidates wishing to transfer credit(s) toward the Ed.S. program may transfer a maximum of six (6) relevant graduate credit hours from an accredited institution for courses that correspond to program/state requirements.  All transfer courses must be reviewed and approved by both the academic advisor and the department chair.

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

EDAD 6580

Action   Research                                                            

EDAD 6120

Assessment for Professional Licensure                                         

EDAD 6200

School Principalship K-12                                                           

EDAD 6280

Financial Management & Administration                            

EDAD 6515

Administrative Internship   I                                                         

EDAD 6516

Administrative Internship   II                                                        


(EDAD 6515-Prerequisite for EDAD 6516)

EDAD 6517

Administrative Internship   III                                                      


(EDAD 6515 & 6516-Prerequisite for EDAD 6517)

EDCI 6100

Curriculum Planning and Programs                                              

 Total Degree Requirement     33

*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 pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). The program of study must be completed after nine (9) hours or 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 advisors 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 and the department chair.  All examination dates can be located on the Graduate School Academic Calendar.


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Important Resources

Graduate School

Tuition and Fees

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2019-2021 Graduate School Catalog

2017-2018 M.Ed./Ed.S Practicum Guide

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