The Specialist in Educational Leadership degree program (Ed.S.) is designed to provide advanced professional studies in graduate-level coursework for educators who are interested in becoming school district-level leaders or who are interested in further development of their professional skills and dispositions. Through the program, these educators build knowledge of the functions of high achieving school districts in areas such as curriculum, instruction, management, personnel, finance, school law, and public relations, and the impact of these factors on student achievement.
This is a rigorous and challenging program that is fast-paced. Successful completion is contingent on being highly-motivated and able to balance professional and personal commitments with the demands of graduate coursework. Computer literacy consisting of the use of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, the Internet, and course management software is central to student success and coursework. As a result, access to high-speed Internet connections, a web cam, and contemporary computing equipment is required.
The Specialist in Educational Leadership degree program requires completion of 33 semester hours of graduate work. The program uses a hybrid approach of hybrid and online courses. It is expected that students who successfully complete the Ed.S. degree program in Educational Leadership will qualify for licensure as a school superintendent in South Carolina, or will occupy key leadership positions in school system (e.g., assistant superintendents, professional development specialists, program directors) and be committed to improving student achievement.
EDUCATION CORE COURSES (24 credits)
APPLICATION COURSES (9 credits)
Note: Candidates for district-level licensure must have a minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience and must also pass the Praxis II Exam (Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision) in order to qualify for administrative licensure.
More details on the program’s scope and sequence, tuition and other details can be found at: http://www.coastal.edu/graduate/programs.html
The graduate application can be found at:
*Because of this year’s abbreviated timeline, the personal interview component of the admissions process is waived for this first cohort.
For those interested in professional development,
three courses (nine credit hours) in the program may be taken without matriculating contingent upon space availability and permission of the instructor and the program coordinator.
Dr. Greg Geer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-349-6675