Educational Specialist Program (Ed.S.)

Executive Leadership Studies

Online 42 major credits * 2 years

Tuition As Low As

$248/mo

*if using financial aid

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Format and course schedule designed for working educators

Program Highlights & Benefits

Earn Superintendent licensure

2 year completion time

Affordable tuition

Completion time includes holiday breaks

What You Learn

This program is for potential and practicing educational leaders who aspire to develop and refine their leadership skills in complex organizations especially at the district office level.

The Educational Specialist Degree program aims to equip candidates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and beliefs that will enable them to function effectively as leaders in fluctuating, complex, and dynamic educational environments. The Gardner-Webb University Executive Leadership Program utilizes a non-traditional approach to curriculum design and implementation with the incorporation of integrated modules as opposed to individual courses. The program’s vision is to provide a response to the ever-changing economic, political, social, and technological environments present in today’s schools that are not isolated entities.

How You Learn

A six-semester Educational Specialist Degree program with an integrated curriculum will be offered. Each semester students will take one module, consisting of six integrated semester hours as well as a 1-semester hour internship.

Fully Online: You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. While there are no face-to-face meetings, some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. While your classes will operate in Blackboard, your final project will be stored as an electronic portfolio using TaskStream. The electronic portfolio is required for North Carolina licensure. Upon full acceptance to the online program you will be required to complete online certification to verify your proficiency in an online environment.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an Ed. Specialist in Executive Leadership Studies and will be subject to state licensure requirements in order to receive North Carolina state licensure as a Superintendent. At the writing of this document, the licensure requirement is the satisfactory completion of an electronic portfolio.

Prerequisites

Students in the Ed.S. in Executive Leadership Studies program must hold at least a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on all graduate-level work. A minimum of 3 years of experience, administration is preferred. A license in School Administration- Principal is required.

Degree Requirements

CourseTitleHours
First Semester
ESEL 611
Executive Leadership at the District Level
6
ESEL 697
Executive Leadership Internship
1
Second Semester
ESEL 612
Fiscal Management and Leadership
6
ESEL 697
Executive Leadership Internship
1
Third Semester
ESEL 613
Research Methods and Program Evaluation
6
ESEL 697
Executive Leadership Internship
1
Fourth Semester
ESEL 614
Policy Analysis in Executive Leadership
6
ESEL 697
Executive Leadership Internship
1
Fifth Semester
ESEL 615
Leading Change for Educational Transformation
6
ESEL 697
Executive Leadership Internship
1
Sixth Semester
ESEL 616
Organizational Communications and Technology
6
ESEL 697
Executive Leadership Internship
1
 Total Credit Hours:42
Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.