Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration

Overview

Cultivate Exceptional Learning Through Leadership

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.

Highlights

Why GW’s EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration?

  • Specialized Skills: Develop a specialized skill set that includes theory, practice and research to help make you more competitive in the job market.
  • Applied Leadership Emphasis: Design and implement evidence-based action research project to address an area of instructional need to directly apply program curriculum.
  • Licensure Preparation: Prepare for a licensure opportunity as an administrator or principal with courses and field experience designed to meet administrative certification requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and other interstate compact agreement partner states.
Curriculum

Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration Courses

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.

Curriculum (30 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6100 Evidence-Based Action Research for School Improvement (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6232 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6234 Site-Based Leadership: K-12 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6240 Fundamentals of Educational Leadership and the Change Process (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6244 School-Community Relations (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6246 Seminar: Applied Educational Administration (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6422 Instructional Needs Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287 A Internship: Administration (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287 B Internship: Administration (3 credits)

Program Outcomes

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:

  • Mastery of theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, planning and change processes
  • Demonstration of knowledge of critical issues in supervision, instruction evaluation and policy
  • Ability to promote excellence, equity and efficiency in education
  • Develop and maintain educational administration through applied research and practice in methodological, historical, social, economic and political contexts
Faculty
Assistant Professor
(757) 269-2203
Visiting Assistant Professor
(703) 299-0198
Associate Professor
(757) 269-2218
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-7576
Assistant Professor
(703) 726-3772
Associate Professor
(202) 994-0132
Assistant Professor
(703) 726-8588
Visiting Assistant Professor
(757) 269-2217
Career Outlook

Career Outlook

The George Washington University’s Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration degree program prepares you to lead and promote high-quality student achievement at a district, sub-district or school-wide level. Graduates are ready to be P-12 leaders who understand curriculum design, instructional excellence, motivation and support of classroom professionals, the broader community, and the needs of diverse learning communities.

This program may also prepare qualified candidates for administrator/principal licensure, and has been designed to meet the administrative certification requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other interstate compact agreement partner states.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services, elementary, middle and high school principals earned a median $87,760 annual salary in 2012, with jobs in the field expected to grow 6% by 2022.1 Postsecondary education administrators earned a median $86,490 in 2012, with jobs expected to grow 15% by 2022.2

Career Opportunities for Graduates

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Athletic director
  • Central office administrator
  • Dean
  • Department chair
  • Director of admissions
  • Education advisor
  • Education consultant
  • Higher education instructor
  • Program director

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting organizations
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Higher education institutions
  • P-12 public, private or charter schools

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm
Certificate

Certificate Offered

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.