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Educational Leadership

The Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) degree 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 are 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. in Educational Leadership degree program 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.‌‌




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.


  • 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.


Dr. James Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Spadoni College of Education
Coastal Carolina University
Prince Building 111B
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054