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Education Specialist, Master - Educational Leadership

Why choose the Education Specialist degree?

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 focus 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.

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What can you do with a 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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