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. If seeking TN Administrative Licensure, an applicant must currently work in a TN school, have a current educator license, and two years of PreK-12 professional experience.

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 (Ill) Ed.S. & Ed.D. Specialization may be taken concurrently. Ed.S. candidates complete the same courses as Ed.D. candidates, but the Ed.S. program requires only the mentored residency and professional portfolio rather than the dissertation. 

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 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

Upon completion of this program students will have earned an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with a concentration in Administrative Leadership. For students who wish to seek administrative licensure, the Administrator’s License (Ill) Ed.S. & Ed.D. Specialization may be taken concurrently. Upon passing of the Praxis Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) these students may be recommended for the Beginning (ILL-B) Administrative License in the state of Tennessee.

To become a candidate for Administrative Licensure in Tennessee, Administrative Leadership applicants will prepare a state-required portfolio, including a copy of their teaching license and a letter written on school system letterhead as verification of 3 completed years of teaching experience.

Note: Since Administrative Licensure is a collaborative process between P-12 schools and universities, the following needs to take place in order to be moved to candidacy for licensure: a local school system (candidates MUST work in a TN school district) must present evidence of approval of the candidate, and a state-required portfolio prepared by the student must be submitted. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for licensure are eligible to complete one of the other advanced degree tracks.

Degree Requirements

EDUC 638Foundations of Leadership3
EDUC 670Legal and Ethical Issues3
EDUC 721Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis3
EDUC 723Emergent Educational Leadership Trends and Topics3
EDUC 673Management of the School3
EDUC 674Professional Learning Communities3
EDUC 722Organizational Leadership Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change3
EDUC 724Financial Planning and Responsibilities3
EDUC 720Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles3
EDUC 750Mentored Residency Internship and Professional Portfolio3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
EDUC-FOLIOEducational Leadership Evidence Portfolio0
EDUC-PRACTEducational Leadership Practicum Project0
EDUC-SLLLAAdministrative Leadership Licensure Assessment0
 Total for Degree:36
Please Note:

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