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 2016 (formerly Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) (Council of Chief State School Officers). Professional Standards 2016 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 already hold teaching and/or administrative 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.

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

  • School building leadership positions
  • School district leadership positions
  • Continue into Ed.D. programs of study

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now?

Our students find success as teacher leaders, principals and administrators in school districts around Florida and in other states, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education negotiates.

Admission requirements

Students need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited university. Contact Graduate Admissions for more information.

Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program today.


Degree Requirements

Candidates who have not met State of Florida English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) requirements must take and pass EDU 561: ESOL for Content Teachers. Effective July 1, 2007, students admitted to the Ed.S. program, seeking educational leadership certification in Florida through the Florida state-approved educational leadership program, must pass all subtests of the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) and submit a passing FELE score report to the Director of Graduation for the comprehensive exam and degree conferral requirement.

Year One (15 credits)

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

    No description is currently available for this course.

  • EDU 722 Building a Collaborative Culture 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

  • EDU 7X1 Technology Innovation and Diffusion 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

  • EDU 723 Power of Teacher Leader Innovation 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

  • EDU 7X2 Equitable Leadership 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

Year Two (18 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 704 Assessment, Accountability & Analytics 3

    State and federal accountability frameworks are studied as is the use of assessment data to improve curriculum, instruction, and student achievement. Strategies to communicate assessment data to various stakeholder groups are explored. Emphasis is based on Florida’s public education accountability system.

  • EDU 712 School Leadership Topics 3

    Under the guidance of a high-performing school leader and faculty member, the student engages in a 160-clock-hour leadership experience employing all ten of the Florida School Leadership Standards. An applied project aimed at improving a specific school’s curriculum, instruction, or student achievement is conducted.

    Prerequisites: Permission of Director

  • EDU 707 Leading the School Organization 3

    The historical development of public K-12 education in the United States and internationally is reviewed. The modern U.S. K-12 school is thoroughly examined as is the role of the principal in fostering a school culture and ethic supportive of continuously improving curriculum, instruction, and student achievement.

  • EDU 7X3 Diversity and Leadership 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

  • EDU 706 Instructional Technology 3

    The role of instructional technology as well as the role of the principal in ensuring effective deployment of such technology to foster improved curriculum, instruction, and student achievement is examined, with special attention given to reading, math, and science education.

  • EDU 7X4 Educational Politics, Policy, and Leadership 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

Year Three (6 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 7X5 Introduction and Qualitative Research 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

  • EDU 7X6 Descriptive Statistics, Mixed Methods 3

    No description is currently available for this course.

Electives (0 Credits)

Total Credits 39