The George Washington University’s Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration is a specialized degree that prepares students to lead and promote high-quality student achievement at a district, sub-district or school-wide level. The education specialist degree program is ideal for students with a master's degree in education who seek further professional preparation for specific objectives.
Additionally, the EdS is a terminal degree for those who do not wish to pursue a doctoral degree, and as a result, EdS graduates may save time and money by pursuing this 30-credit hour program, which is generally shorter than most doctoral programs.
GW's program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). Completion of this degree may also prepare qualified candidates for principal or administrator licensure. This program's courses and internship experiences are designed to meet administrative certification requirements for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and other interstate compact agreement partner states.
As a graduate of the Education Specialist degree, you will be prepared with the applicable skills and real-world experience to meet the needs of diverse learning communities as a P-12 leader who understands curriculum design, instructional excellence, motivation and support of classroom professionals, the broader community and the needs of diverse learning communities. Evidence-based coursework and internship opportunities emphasize leadership, change, communication, administrative issues, human relations, supervision and curriculum analysis.
GW's Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration is a 30-credit degree and can be completed in as little as 2 years.
The program requires two internship experiences that provide important opportunities for students to synthesize and apply knowledge and practice and to develop the skills identified in Standards 1-6 in the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards. Through two administrative internships, students gain authentic leadership experience by observing and participating in school leadership and leading a significant, semester-long project.
The program includes courses and field experiences designed to meet administrative certification requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.
Position yourself for career advancement and potentially higher salaries as a pre-kindergarten-12th grade teacher.
Employment Settings for Graduates
Successful completion of GW's education specialist graduate program will prepare you to lead and promote high-quality student achievement at a district, sub-district or school-wide level with skills that include:
GW offers a Post-master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Master's in Educational Leadership and Administration (campus or online).
Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you do have the option to transfer these GW earned credit hours into the Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration program.