Education Specialist (Ed.S)

School Leadership & Administration

(with Licensure)

Online 33 major credits * 22 months

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
MAT and GRE Requirement waived for 2021 spring applicants
Your application fee will be waived for attending one of our information meetings!
Fully Online Coursework
For Teachers in Mississippi

Program Highlights & Benefits

Earn advanced professional expertise and an Administrator License

22 months completion time, including holiday breaks

Fully online cohort

Transfer credits considered


Professional educators involved in education and schooling who already hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions. This cognate is for those who desire to earn advanced professional expertise along with the Mississippi State Administrator License.

What You Learn

The degree program has been designed to afford professionals in the field of education the opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge base, conduct research, address current and pressing issues in education, and reinforce the competencies needed as a professional Christian leader in education

The goal of graduate education is to prepare competent educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing a distinctive Christian leadership and service to students, parents, and communities.

The program builds that expertise from a core of courses in learning, development and motivation; data, accountability and leadership; organizational contexts and the use of research to drive decision-making. It is dissertation based and designed for practitioners who already hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions of influence through their engagement in elementary/secondary educational schooling.

How You Learn

This is a fully online cohort. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system (Canvas) to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in as little as 22 months.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Specialist of Education degree (Ed.S) with an emphasis in School Leadership & Administration. After successful completion of the School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA), Belhaven will recommend candidates for the Mississippi Administration License. The Ed.S in School Leadership and Administration is designed for professional educators in Mississippi schools who want to advance to the role of administrator. Administrative positions include, Principal, Assistant Principal, Superintendent, and Director.

Degree Requirements

EDU 750Leadership & Management For Effective & Efficient Schools3
EDU 745Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity3
EDU 746School Law And Ethical Principles3
EDU 744School And Community Relations3
EDU 757Assessment For Continuous School Improvement3
EDU 767Operations And Fiscal Management3
EDU 769Human Resource Leadership3
EDU 755Equity And Cultural Leadership3
EDU 777Principal Internship I: Role Of The Principal *3
EDU 775Literacy Leadership3
EDU 778Principal Internship II: Leadership Defense*3
EDU 786Principal Internship III: Extension (If Needed) 
 Total Credit Hours:33
Please Note:

Candidates must pass the SLLA (School Leaders License Assessment) before Belhaven will make a recommendation for the Mississippi Administrator’s License.