EdS in Higher Ed Admin

EdS Program (45 Credits)

The Educational Specialist program in Higher Education provides advanced graduate education and training of high quality mid-level administrators for postsecondary institutions. It prepares professionals seeking administrative advancement and service to local institutions of higher education. This degree is appropriate for positions such as:

  • Assistant dean
  • Assistant to the president
  • Director and in-service directors
  • Department chairperson in selected areas
  • Program manager
EdS Curriculum

Common Core (minimum 15, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
LEAD600 Annual Conference (0)
LEAD630 Introduction to Leadership (2)
EDAL655 Higher Education Finance & Technology (3)
EDAL667 Leadership in Higher Education (3)

EDFN500 Phil. Foundations for Professionals (2-3)

LEAD886 Advanced Internship (1-12)

LEAD644 Lead & Organizational Dynamics (3)

Concentration Area (minimum 20, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
EDAL640 Higher Education Law (3)
EDAL674 Administration of Student Services (3)
EDAL675 College Student Development Theory (3)
EDAL676 Administration of Academic Services (3)
LEAD778 Global Engagement Study Tour (6)
LEAD789 Advanced Seminar: ____ (1-12)

Electives (As Needed)
In consultation with your advisor.

Educational Research (10)
EDRM505 Research Methods (3)
EDRM611 Applied Statistical Methods I (3)
LEAD535  Principles of Academic Writing (1-3)

LEAD637 Issues in Research (2-3)

TOTAL EdS degree credits (45)

To download an EdS course plan template, go to course plans.  

Application Process

Applicants must meet School of Education admission requirements for the specialist degree. Applicants may transfer up to 24 credits from previous graduate work into the specialist degree at the discretion of their academic advisors. Candidates must complete LEAD600 Leadership Orientation, an introduction to the philosophy of leadership and review of the standards that will guide their educational plan. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 45-semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree and requires the completion of both an internship and a portfolio. Many courses are offered as variable credits; therefore, candidates should consider their credit needs when planning their course work and registering for courses. The portfolio serves as a component of the EdS comprehensive examination. There is no thesis requirement for the EdS.