M.Ed. or Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

Program Overview

Students wishing to pursue a degree related to leading educational organizations, but not tied to any specific licensure, can obtain a Master of Education or Education Specialists Degree Master’s in Educational Leadership.

There are many different potential uses for the Educational Leadership Masters or Specialist. These degrees are particularly useful for those folks in non-certified educational positions and those who are not seeking certification. These degrees have been useful for higher education and community college leaders and teachers. They are a very flexible and can be partnered with many different elements to make a customized educational leadership graduate degree designed just for.

For staff who currently work in Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, a specially designed curriculum has been created in collaboration with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
All candidates who are interested in the M.Ed. or Ed.S. with a focus on Educational Leadership Studies should contact Dr. Wayne Lewis for more information and specific requirements.

Program Requirements
Both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs require successful completion of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework. Upon admission to the program, the student will be assigned an advisory chair. The student must meet with her or his advisory chair during the first semester to develop an individualized Curriculum Contract that will be reviewed annually and updated as needed.

Courses included on the curriculum contract must constitute a leadership core. Course options can include:

EDL 625, School Safety and Discipline Leadership
EDL 627, School Finance and Support Services
EDL 628, School Law and Ethics
EDL 634, Securing and Developing Staff
EDL 646, Leadership for School-Family-Community Engagement
EDL 661, School Technology Leadership
EDL 650, Professional Development for School Program Improvement (3 hours)
EDL 669, Leadership for Creative Problem Solving (3 hours)
EDL 702, Leadership for Organizational Learning
EDL 703, Leading Organizational Change
EDL 704, Politics of Educational Leadership
EDL 706, Leadership for Learning-Centered Schools I
EDL 707, Leadership for Learning-Centered Schools II

In addition to the leadership core, student are required to complete at least one graduate level basic statistics course. Course options in the College of Education include:

EDP/EPE 557 Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data I
EDP/EPE 558: Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data II

Oral examination.The summative assessment for the M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs is defense of a completed action research paper during a formal oral examination conducted by candidate’s advisory committee. Students will select an assignment from coursework they have completed that includes an action research component and work with their committee to revise and expand the paper for the oral examination process.