Educational Leadership with licensure (EdS)
Program at a Glance
|Degree: Education Specialist|
|Darden College of Education: Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership|
|Cost: $412 per credit hour *|
|Required: 33 credit hours|
|Course Delivery Modes: Online synchronousAccess course material online from any location and participate in regularly scheduled online class meetings., Practicum / InternshipA practicum or internship is a required part of this program.|
Transforming today’s educators into tomorrow’s leaders, with web-based live classes, taught by professors with real world experience.
This degree is primarily designed to prepare individuals who hold a master's degree in an area of education (aside from educational leadership) and do not have a license in administration supervision PreK-12. Your course work provides conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience.
Program themes include:
- Leadership for school improvement
- Data analysis and decision making
- Strategic human resource and fiscal management
- Establishing and leading professional collaborative communities
Content Courses (27 credits)
ELS 800 Strategic Leadership and Management for School Improvement
(This course is required during the first semester of the program.)
- ELS 801 Accountability and Organizational Improvement
- ELS 802 Educational Politics and Policymaking
- ELS 810 Strategic Communication and External Relations
- ELS 827 Learning Theories and Professional Development
- ELS 828 Instructional Leadership and Supervision
- ELS 853 Educational Finance and Budgeting
- ELS 857 Educational Law and Ethics
- ELS 660 Program Evaluation, Research, and Planning
Clinical Experiences (6 credits)
- ELS 668: Internship in Educational Leadership (100 hours)
- ELS 669: Instructional Internship (100 hours)
- An additional 120 hours of internship hours are embedded throughout the Content Coursework above.
* While applicants do not have to have three years of educational experience to apply to the program, to become eligible for an Administration and Supervision preK-12 license in the Commonwealth of Virginia the candidate must have completed three years of successful, full-time experiences in a public or accredited nonpublic school in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia.
Please visit the department's web page for details.
|Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification||Cost per credit hour|
|Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile)||$412|
|Students living outside of Virginia||$412|
|* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile||$1048|
Rates are effective Summer 2013 and subject to change. Please visit the Office of Finance web site for complete tuition details.
* For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please visit the University Registrar web site.
Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) Careers
- Assistant Principal
- Department Lead
- Curriculum Leader
- Lead Teacher
- Curriculum Supervisor
- Data Instructional Leader
To be considered for admission to this program, you must:
- meet all standard University requirements for admission;
- have a masters degree in an education-related field or another area and hold no license in Administration and Supervision PreK-12;
- currently be employed by a public or privately accredited school division/district;
- Provide two letters of recommendation on school or district letterhead. One must be from your principal (or immediate supervisor if you work outside of the school within a district) and one from another supervisor.
Write a one page, single-spaced statement that explains the following:
- Your professional experiences and professional goals.
- Specific ways you hope to improve public education as an educational leader.
- How this degree will help you address your professional goals.
Write a one page, single-spaced statement about a contemporary and critical issue facing educational leaders. Address the following:
i. What is the contemporary issue and why is it critical?
ii. Why is this issue relevant to school and/or division leaders?
iii. What role should school and/or division leaders play in addressing this issue and how?
Please see the department's web page for additional information.
Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:
Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.
Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.