Jul 19, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 42 
ACE Catalog - Volume 42 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership, Ed.S.

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Program Description

The Education Specialist degree is a practitioner’s degree at the post-master’s level for those who seek advanced credentials but not a full doctoral degree with a dissertation requirement. The objective of the degree is to develop skills and competencies that will make the student a more effective leader. The Ed.S. in Leadership is designed for individuals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their leadership practice in their chosen discipline.

Program Outcomes

  1. Collaborate in diverse communities of learning and build partnerships with states, school districts, or other organizations. 
  2. Contribute to solutions for complex problems of practice with actions based upon theory, standards, and frameworks. 
  3. Apply, analyze, and promote best practices in leadership. 
  4. Demonstrate evidence-based decision-making, integrating principles of equity, ethics, and social justice of civic concern in local and global communities. 
  5. Develop and implement personal and organization-level knowledge and skills including technology. 
  6. Demonstrate mastery of content knowledge through the utilization of critical and creative thinking. 
  7. Demonstrate competence in the application of multiple research methods. 

Mission Statement

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership prepares graduate students to contribute to their professional communities as leaders who address real-world problems through evidence-based decision- making. Students engage with other professionals in their specific fields, including partners ranging from school districts and state government to businesses and nonprofits, to apply skills and knowledge to complex problems of practice. In addition to highly interactive, project-based coursework, students will pursue original research in leadership culminating with a capstone project.

Course List (34 Total Semester Credits)


  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.

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