Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration

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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and 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 the academic requirements for administrative certification/licensure for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and other interstate compact agreement partners.

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 PK-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 an evidence-based action research project addressing an area of instructional need with an application to program curriculum.
  • Licensure Preparation: Coursework prepares students for licensure opportunity as an administrator or principal with academic and field experiences designed to meet the academic requirements for administrative certification/endorsement 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 an accelerated format in as little as 2 years.

The program requires a variety of internship experiences that provide important opportunities for students to synthesize and apply knowledge and practice and to develop the skills identified in Standards 1-7 in the National Educational Leadership Preparation standards. Through these administrative internships, students gain authentic leadership experience by observing and participating in leadership experiences and opportunities within diverse learning communities.

The program includes courses and required internship experiences designed to meet administrative certification/licensure requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.

Curriculum (30 credit hours)

While most students intern at their employing school/district, individual placements are not guaranteed.

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, resource allocation 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
Associate Professor
(202) 994-0757
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-0957
Assistant Professor
‭(571) 553-3772
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-4515
Associate Professor
(202) 994-0132
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-1342
Assistant Professor of Practice
(703) 299-0198
Career Outlook

Career Outlook

The George Washington University’s Education Specialist Degree 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 PK-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
  • PK-12 Dean
  • Department chair
  • Director of admissions
  • Education advisor
  • Education consultant
  • Program director

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting organizations
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Higher education institutions
  • PK-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 (off-campus or online).

Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate prior to the EdS degree, there is opportunity to transfer those GW Educational Leadership and Administration earned certificate credit hours into the Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Educational Leadership and Administration as defined by GSEHD policies.

Admissions

Admissions

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Prerequisites: Master's Degree, One Year Teaching Experience
Campus: Alexandria Campus, Online

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least 1 from a current administrator preferred)
  • Transcripts
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants
For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the next available start term. Please contact the admissions team with any questions.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration program located off-campus (202) 994-9283 or online (844-386-7323).

In the News

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Dr. Matthew Shirrell has been selected as a 2020 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow! With the generous support of the Spencer Foundation, this program encourages outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects.

Dr. Rebecca A. Thessin and Karen Seashore Louis published “The principal’s role has changed: Is principal learning keeping up?” in the April 2020 issue of The Learning Professional.

GSEHD alumna Diana (Cotter) Brown (Post-Master's Certificate and EdS, Educational Leadership and Administration) received a 4-year appointment to serve on the Virginia Latino Advisory Board to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Ms. Brown is an Assistant Principal at Landstown Elementary in Virginia Beach.

For more information, please request information or contact our admission office at gsehdadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-9283.