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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences:
Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Administration and Leadership

The Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Administration and Leadership program is designed for P–12 administrators who want to increase their ability to influence and transform their educational organization. Leaders can learn about sustainability in their settings and how to nurture their schools to become or remain thriving organizations. Graduates from this EdS program will be able to integrate theory and practice to impact both their careers and the lives of their students, and they can gain skills to build an effective collaborative organization and enhance the P–12 student learning environment. This program does not lead to certification or licensure. 

Note on Educator Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Learning Outcomes

All EdS graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Apply discipline-specific knowledge to address issues in educational settings.
  2. Apply evidence-based practices to address a problem within the academic and/or work environment and propose a solution.
  3. Communicate information to a variety of stakeholders using oral and written formats.
  4. Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
  5. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
  6. Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.

In addition to the shared EdS outcomes above, Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure) graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of current literature/ trends in education.
  2. Effectively communicate with others (e.g., verbal, non-verbal, written, and technology-based).
  3. Actively participate in addressing the diverse learning needs of students in the school community through collaboration with a variety of stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of effectively managing resources to improve the learning environment.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop materials that contribute to an effective learning environment to improve learning.
  6. Demonstrate the use of technology that can be used to support student learning.
  7. Demonstrate the use of technology that can be used to support student learning.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural responsiveness in interactions with students, teachers/faculty, staff, stakeholders, and the community to encourage a diverse learning environment.
  9. Demonstrate positive professional dispositions (professional conduct, professional qualities, communication, and collaboration).
  10. Promote positive social change in the learning environment.
  11. Design a scholarly response to address an educational, administration, and leadership problem and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 credits)
  • Research course (5 credits)
  • Specialization courses (30 credits)
  • EdS Capstone Project (5 credits)
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum (45 total credits)

Foundation Course (5 credits)


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

(6-week version)

Research Course (5 credits)

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Capstone (5 credits)

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1

EDSD 7002 - Leading the Future of Education


EDSD 7006 - Leading the Future of Education (6-week version)

5 credits
Quarter 2

EDSD 7010 - Collaborative Communication for Administrators

5 credits
Quarter 3

EDSD 7011 - School Organizational Dynamics: Policies and Law

5 credits
Quarter 4

RSCH 7110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods

5 credits
Quarter 5

EDSD 7012 - Understanding School Budgets and Allocating Resources

5 credits
Quarter 6

EDSD 7044 - Leadership and Management for Change in Education

5 credits
Quarter 7

EDSD 7013 - Creating and Maintaining Safe, Effective, and Positive Learning Environments

5 credits
Quarter 8

EDSD 7014 - Recruiting and Retaining Effective School Personnel

5 credits
Quarter 9

EDSD 7900 - EdS Capstone Project: Creating and Supporting Effective Educational Practices

5 credits