Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Concentration in Educational Leadership

Why choose the Education Specialist degree at Saint Leo?

The Graduate Education program at Saint Leo University offers the Specialist in Education degree with a concentration in transformational school leadership. This degree is for individuals holding a master’s degree in education or a related field of study (e.g., guidance and counseling, social work, human services, organization leadership, etc.).

Courses within the Education Specialist degree program have been identified to ensure that students complete a relevant and rigorous program of study. All courses infuse the Saint Leo University core values, thus helping students grow in body, mind and spirit.

The curriculum for this program of study is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders advanced by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), formerly Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), Council of Chief State School Officers. The Professional Standards focuses on seven aspects of transformational leadership that enable innovative initiatives which: support effective practice and research that maximizes student learning and demonstrations of achievement outcomes; facilitate staff members ability to drive instructional practice for student success; build collaborative school cultures; and create a community of stakeholders invested in academic success and personal well-being of every student.

The program is for those who hold administration and/or teaching certification or who are eligible for such certification and who seek to advance their career, grow their knowledge base and enhance their professional practice. The program is 39 hours beyond the master’s offered in the online format.

Saint Leo is a non-profit University, providing online programs to meet the needs of working adults since 1998. U.S. News & World Report named Saint Leo University among the top universities in its 2016 “Best Online Programs” edition. It was recognized for its excellence in the graduate education online programs.

 

What can you do with an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree?

The Education Specialist degree is beyond the Master’s Degree and is a leadership degree that prepares individuals to assume professional roles in administration and supervision. Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of establishments: primary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities, technical schools, governmental and adult schools, as well as, non-profit and advocacy organizations. Some educational leaders put their skills to use in the business world, developing training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Educational Specialist graduates can fill any number of highly rewarding positions:

  • School building leadership positions
  • School district leadership positions
  • Higher education positions
  • Non-profit and advocacy organizational leadership positions
  • Continue your studies in a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) program

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Degree Requirements

School Leadership Concentration (39 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 710 Analytical Leadership 3

    This course is designed to provide school leaders with the knowledge and skills to successfully analyze roles and relationships, organizational structures, and use effective leadership strategies to assist stakeholders in decision making that supports student achievement. The course aligns 2015 ISLLC standards for transforming and sustaining schools through effective leadership strategies.

  • EDU 722 Building a Collaborative Culture 3

    This course is designed to acquaint school leaders with the theories, practices, skills, and knowledge(s) of building collaborative cultures and creating sustainable school partnerships and their importance in transforming schools. The focus of this course is to develop an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining relationships that support students, families, teachers and schools, as all stakeholders move forward to increase student achievement. In this course you will study all aspects of creating and analyzing meaningful partnerships for effective teaching practices in k-12 public and private schools.

  • EDU 709 Technology Innovation and Diffusion 3

    Candidates will develop an understanding of how the brain learns so that they can more effectively coach teachers to help create quality instruction. Topics will include brain construction, information processing, memory, transfer, organization, and thinking skills. In collaboration with teachers and administrators through data analysis, curriculum and standards analysis, and professional development facilitation, candidates will work to improve instructional practice and student achievement. Special attention will be given to mastering the complexities of observing and modeling in classrooms and providing feedback.

  • EDU 723 Power of Teacher Leader Innovation 3

    Candidates will develop an understanding of how the brain learns so that they can more effectively coach teachers to help create quality instruction. Topics will include brain construction, information processing, memory, transfer, organization, and thinking skills. In collaboration with teachers and administrators through data analysis, curriculum and standards analysis, and professional development facilitation, candidates will work to improve instructional practice and student achievement. Special attention will be given to mastering the complexities of observing and modeling in classrooms and providing feedback.

  • EDU 724 Equitable Leadership 3

    This course is designed to provide school leaders with the knowledge and skills to successfully create a learning environment with equity in mind through the student of current research and practice. The school leaders will analyze student outcome data, school culture, organizational structures, and teaching strategies to create a plan to foster equity. The course aligns 2015 ISLLC standards for cultivating a caring and inclusive school environment dedicated to student success.

  • EDU 704 Assessment, Accountability & Analytics 3

    This course concentrates on school-wide and district-wide practices that positively impact student performance. State and federal accountability frameworks are studied; state and national school improvement trends are examined. Analytics are explored at the local, state and federal levels. The course aligns 2015 ISLLC standards for transforming and sustaining schools through effective leadership strategies.

  • EDU 712 School Leadership Topics 3

    The Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium(ISLLC) (Council of Chief State School Officers)(2015) standards focus on seven aspects of transformational leadership that enables leaders to think critically; analyze systems and organizational structures; support innovative initiatives that supports effective practice and research that maximized student learning and demonstrations of achievement outcomes; facilitates staff members ability to drive instructional practice for student success; build collaborative school cultures; and create a community of stakeholders invested in academic success and personal well-being of every student. This course will facilitate a Professional Learning Community whose members study topics in each of these areas for transforming schools for measured student, school and district success.

    Prerequisites: Permission of Director.

  • EDU 707 Leading the School Organization 3

    This course supports transformational leaders of schools at the building and district level. Student achievement goals are reached by the facilitation by strong leaders that encourage and facilitate processes for teacher leaders; students; families; and the community stakeholders through a vision of student success for every child. Embedded in the course are the national standards of excellence for leaders (The Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium(ISLLC) (Council of Chief State School Officers)(2015).

  • EDU 730 Diversity and Leadership 3

    In this course education leaders will learn how to support the professional learning of teachers and leaders using the principles of inclusive leadership in order to with teachers and other school personnel to productively put district diversity plans into place in the classroom and collaboratively lead a school (or district). Students will learn how to create healthy, safe, and supportive school environments in which diverse students are known, accepted, valued and empowered to reach their fullest potential. The course will also address how education leaders can build and sustain productive relationships with families and other community partners to promote understanding, appreciation and use of the community’s diverse cultural, social and intellectual resources.

  • EDU 706 Instructional Technology 3

    Technology plays an ever increasing role in education. This course helps teacher leaders and school administrators understand the role technology plays in improving teaching, learning, and school operations. Throughout this course educators will explore, plan, and develop methods for integrating technology in the K-12 setting for instruction, assessment, and evaluation.

  • EDU 735 Educational Politics, Policy, and Leadership 3

    This course focuses on school politics and policy issues facing k-12 educators, specifically school and district leaders. Included in the course are ways to navigate, follow and challenge the status quo as needed related to policy issues. Federal and state policy development, implementation and process of change impacts education leadership and policy development. Analysis of policy impact on leading schools for social justice, the effects on student achievement, curriculum and leadership are areas addressed in this course. School leaders’ role in governance and the political navigation in dealing with various stakeholders,school operations, school design, and governance are covered topics.

  • EDU 740 Introduction and Qualitative Research 3

    Candidates will explore the characteristics of educational research to determine the similarities and differences between quantitative and qualitative research. Focusing on a specific area of interest, candidates will learn how to construct a literature review. Candidates will also examine methods of qualitative data collection and analysis and how these can be used to improve teaching and learning.

  • EDU 745 Introduction to Quantitative Design 3

    This course provides students in education with a working knowledge of research methods and basic statistical skills needed for quantitative research design. The course will provide an introduction to quantitative reasoning, particularly the execution and interpretation of commonly used descriptive and inferential statistical techniques as applicable to the field of education.

    Prerequisites: EDU 740

Electives (0 Credits)

Total Credits 39