Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Administrative Leadership Concentration

Online 36 major credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online program

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

Develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings

Focus on the development of leadership skills


Experienced educators with a desire to become leaders in administration within their schools and districts. A master’s degree is required for admission. To become eligible for administrative licensure, at least two years of licensed TN teaching experience in a PreK-12 classroom is required, along with present employment in a Tennessee school. (See Administrative License Specialization Program for more details on the license.)

What You Learn

The Educational Specialist degree is designed for those individuals who have completed master’s degrees and wish to enhance their own professional development. Candidates will develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings for application in a variety of educational settings. In addition, candidates will focus on the development of leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies. For students seeking administrative licensure, the Administrator’s License Specialization may be taken concurrently (see Administrative License Specialization program for more details on the license).

Program Format:

This is an online program; the student will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, the student will typically finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. During the summer, the student will complete up to four
courses. Following this schedule, the student will complete the program in approxi­mately 2 years.

Career Outcomes

Graduates are eligible to market themselves for leadership roles in PreK-12 schools and districts.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Hours
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 670 Legal and Ethical Issues 3
EDUC 673 Management of the School 3
EDUC 674 Professional Learning Communities 3
EDUC 720 Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles 3
EDUC 721 Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis 3
EDUC 722 Organizational Leadership Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change 3
EDUC 723 Emergent Educational Leadership Trends and Topics 3
EDUC 724 Financial Planning and Responsibilities 3
EDUC 750 Mentored Residency Internship and Professional Portfolio 3
Cognate Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
Cognate Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
EDUC ANRVW Annual Review 0
EDUC CAPS Capstone 0
Total for Degree: 36
Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change.