The Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) education specialist degree prepares students to lead and promote high-quality student achievement at a district, sub-district, or school-wide level. Graduates are prepared to be PK-12 leaders who understand curriculum design, instructional excellence, motivation and support of the classroom professionals, the broader community, and needs of diverse learning communities.
The Education Specialist academic program is nationally recognized by NCATE and 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.
The ELA program coursework emphasizes leadership and management, change, communication, administrative and legal issues, human relations, supervision of instruction, curriculum analysis and more. The program is offered in an accelerated / eight week session delivery model. Campus based classroom courses other than the required two part internship meet one evening per week for eight weeks. Internship courses span the entire term and may include select Saturday meetings and/or site visits during the term. The session format generally allows a student to enroll/study in two courses per academic term - most often one course at a time. Working professionals find the program’s session format convenient and conducive to graduate study.
Online courses and content are delivered asynchronously, and follow the above session formats.