The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership Program prepares educational leaders with the skills and knowledge that promote the success of all students through a shared vision of learning with the school community. Effective school leaders develop a positive educational culture, a safe and effective learning setting, collaborative community partnerships, and focus on learning and student achievement — including those with special needs. The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership curriculum provides knowledge and preparation in the areas of supervision, research, laws and regulations, classroom management, instruction, assessment, teaming and budget for both the general and special education populations, and leads to an optional add-on Administration and Supervision endorsement.
A concentration on special education, a component of the core curriculum, is an integral part of this program as it provides specialized teacher training for those who desire a meaningful career working with special needs students. Utilizing strong and experienced faculty that have a background in leadership and special education, our Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) approved program will equip leaders for 21st century schools.
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Results: Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Special Education degree and an optional add-on Administration and Supervision endorsement
Length: 34 credit hours minimum. The Ed.S. can be accomplished in 18 months.
Format: Delivered entirely online. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.
Features: Through this program, students may obtain the Virginia Administration and Supervision K-12 endorsement. All students must meet state requirements for the add-on endorsement. The required internship must be completed in an accredited public or private school under the mentorship of a licensed and practicing school administrator. Students interested in becoming principals or assistant principals must take and pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment Test (SLLA). A SLLA preparation course is also offered.
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The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Special Education will prepare you for leadership positions throughout K-12 education for both the public and private setting. Individuals pursuing the Administration & Supervision endorsement will be prepared for positions as principals, vice principals or central office employees in the public school setting.