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Post-Graduate in Education Specialist - Educational Leadership

Why Earn Your Education Specialist Degree at Saint Leo University?

Now is the time to earn your education specialist degree online. The graduate education program at Saint Leo University offers the specialist in education degree with a concentration in transformational school leadership. This course of study is designed 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.) yet want to advance their career, grow their knowledge base and enhance their professional practice.

The curriculum for this program of study is aligned with the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) (Council of Chief State School Officers) 2015 standards which 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.

Courses within the education specialist degree program have been identified to ensure students complete a relevant and rigorous program of study. Additionally, they all infuse the Saint Leo University core values, thus helping students grow in body, mind and spirit.

Learning Experience:
Online
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
36 hours

Education Specialist Program Details

The online 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.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Education specialist students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your education specialist degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering education specialist degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

What skills you will learn?

  • critical thinking;
  • analysis of systems and organizational structures;
  • research that maximizes student learning and demonstrations of achievement outcomes;
  • facilitates staff members ability to drive instructional practice for student success;
  • build collaborative school cultures;
  • create a community of stakeholders
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  • How will you gain real experience?

    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), Council of Chief State School Officers. 

What can you do with an education specialist degree?

The online 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.  In addition to preparing you for a doctorate (EdD) program, should you decide that you want to take your education further, earning your Ed.S. degree also qualifies you to work in a variety of higher-level positions, some of which include: school building leadership, school district leadership, higher education faculty positions, and nonprofit organizational leadership.

What are the top education specialist degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
School Principals 8% (As fast as average) $98,490 per year
Education Administrator 8% (As fast as average) $97,500 per year
Postsecondary Teacher 12% (Faster than average) $80,560 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo education specialist graduates now? 

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.

College of Education & Social Services

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  • Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.

    With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.

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