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Educational Leadership

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.


Graduate Application

Ed.S. Tuition and Fees

  • Each credit hour costs $349.30 for in-state students who receive a 30% tuition reduction.
  • An additional fee of $75 is charged to those without an active LiveText account.
Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Ed.S. program must have a minimum of three years of teaching experience and licensure as a school principal to enroll in the program. To be admitted, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • A completed application for graduate study at the university.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from each school previously attended.
  • An earned Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or related field with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience. 
  • A statement of interest in the program. This statement addresses the candidate’s reasons for pursuing a career in educational leadership. This statement explains why the Coastal Carolina University Specialist in Educational Leadership program is the right fit to help reach the candidate’s goals.
  • Three letters of reference. The letters specifically address the candidate’s ability to balance the demands of high level graduate coursework and their personal and professional lives.
  • Applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in English. This may be demonstrated by a minimum of 550 TOEFL (paper-version) 220 on TOEFL (computer-version) or 80 on TOEFL IB (Internet-version) exams.
  • A successful interview with the Portal I Faculty Committee.
  • Approval of the Portal I Faculty Committee.

Plan for Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

Coursework Ed.S. Educational Leadership

Accreditation Ed.S. Educational Leadership

Printable Brochure Educational Leadership


  • EDAD 701: Advanced Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management
  • EDAD 789: The Superintendency and District-Level Leadership
  • EDAD 760: Instructional Leadership ad Supervision
  • EDAD 780: Politics and Policy of Education
  • EDAD 777: School Facilities
  • EDAD 735: School District Finance
  • EDAD 786: Topics in Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 788: Action Research


  • EDAD 794: District-Level Internship I
  • EDAD 790: Seminar in Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 795: District-Level Internship II

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 here »

The graduate application can be found here »


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


Dr. Linda May, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Spadoni College of Education
Coastal Carolina University
Prince Building 111B
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

Dr. Greg Geer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Specialist in Educational Leadership
Coastal Carolina University
Prince Building 111D
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

Dr. Howard Coleman, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Spadoni College of Education
Coastal Carolina University
Prince Building 111C
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

You can also find more information at www.coastal/education »
To learn how to apply, visit Graduate Studies »