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  Nov 23, 2017

Educational Leadership - Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

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The mission of the Educational Leadership and Services Department encompasses the following:

  1. Administering the Education Specialist degree and the Master of Education degree with the major emphasis in educational administration and supervision.
  2. Designing and coordinating in-service and staff development programs for school administrative personnel.
  3. Designing and providing special services courses and programs such as those for educational technology, computer services and counseling.

The Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) provides a planned program of graduate studies beyond the master’s degree. It is designed to enhance the academic knowledge and skills of a cadre of educational leaders prepared to meet the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century. The degree plan requires the completion of 30 semester credits beyond a master’s degree from an accredited graduate institution.

The degree has two components:

  1. Core courses (21 credits)
  2. Cognate courses (9 credits)

The Ed.S. degree serves the following specialty areas:

  1. Superintendency and Central Office Personnel
  2. Principalship
  3. Directorship of Athletics
  4. Directorship of Curriculum
  5. Directorship of Early Childhood Programs
  6. Directorship of Special Education
  7. Director/Coordinator of Technology

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit an application packet which includes the following materials to be considered by the Education Specialist degree admission council.

  1. Application
  2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work with a master’s degree in education from an accredited institution. A minimum GPA of 3.30 in the graduate work is required. Transcripts from every college or university where college credit was earned must accompany the application. Transcripts must be issued by the college or university in a sealed envelope. Applicants who have completed credit at SVSU do not need to submit a copy of their SVSU transcript. However, they will be required to request a new set of transcripts from other colleges/universities where they earned credit to ensure that the College of Education has the complete academic history on file for admissions and state certification purposes.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professional educators or supervisors familiar with candidate’s career achievements
  4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the candidate’s graduate level work
  5. A statement of personal goals, career aspirations, educational philosophy, and a current resumé.
  6. A current professional vita
  7. A written commitment to complete the program in a maximum of three academic years from the date of admission to the first semester.

Pre-requisites for all Education Specialist candidates are EDL 550, Leadership Theories and Practices, and EDL 553, Public School Law. Students who have successfully completed these courses in a Master’s program are considered to have met the pre-requisites. Students are encouraged to contact an EDL advisor for assessment and approval regarding their program.

Candidates may be interviewed by the Ed.S. admission council. Admission to the program will be made only for the Fall semester. Application materials must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Education by June 1.

Degree Requirements

Thirty credits are required for the Ed.S. degree: 21 credits are core courses common to all specialty areas. The remaining 9 credits serve specific specialties.

Degree Requirements

Thirty credits are required for the Ed.S. degree: 21 credits are core courses common to all specialty areas. The remaining 9 credits serve specific specialties.

Required Core Courses (21 credits)

Elective Courses in Area of Specialty (9 credits, 3 specialty courses required)

Three specialty courses not taken in the previous degree will be selected from the following:

Sequence of Courses

A cohort team of 25 students will be admitted to the two-year program from qualified candidates committed to the program calendar before the fall semester.

Special Education Administration Approvals

The Educational Leadership and Services department offers course work leading to State approval as a Director of Special Education (30 credits) or as a Supervisor of Special Education (12 credits).

Special Education Director (30 credits required)

Students who wish to obtain full approval as Director of Special Education must possess an earned master’s degree, have full approval in at least one area of special education, three years of successful professional practice or administrative experience in special education or a combination thereof, and one year of successful experience as director in an approved special education program. Additionally, the student must complete or show a record of completion of the state-mandated objectives addressed in the courses listed below.

Students desiring approval as Director of Special Education have the option to only meet the state requirements for Director or they may simultaneously obtain an Ed. Specialist degree. Those students desiring the Ed. Specialist degree in addition to approval for Special Education Director are required to meet the same prerequisites for the Ed. Specialist degree program as students in other specialty areas.

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