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Ed.S. in K-12 Leadership

Current educators seeking to advance their administrative and management skills for possible career advancement or enhancement purposes might consider a graduate program offered by Grand Canyon University. Read on to find out more details about the Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership program.

Official Program Name:

Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

Those seeking to apply to the Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership program should possess current teacher licensure and have experience in a classroom setting. Though specific program requirements may vary, applicants to Grand Canyon University's graduate programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree and should be U.S. citizens.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership program is designed to provide teachers with the opportunity to study ways in which to manage staff, educational policies, and curriculum development. Topics likely to be addressed in program coursework include collaborative learning methods, faculty development, classroom management, master planning strategies, K-12 intervention methods, instructional plan implementation, and community /school relations. Leadership theories, educational research methodologies, and ethical decision-making processes could also be discussed. In addition, studies could include an overview of the history of K-12 education and learning community development.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

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Required Courses for an Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • RES 811: Introduction to Advanced Graduate Studies and Scholarship (3 credits)
  • LDR 802: Progressions in Leadership Thought (3 credits)
  • LDR 800: Ethical Dilemmas and Stewardship (3 credits)
  • RES 850: Foundations for Research (3 credits)
  • EDL 807: History and Politics of K-12 Education (3 credits)
  • EDL 805: Training and Collaboration for Learning (3 credits)
  • EDL 861: Analysis of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDL 817: Building a K-12 Community (3 credits)
  • EDL 822: Trends and Issues in K-12 Education (3 credits)
  • EDL 827: Strategic Planning in K-12 Education (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership program could choose to pursue a doctoral degree once they have completed their studies. In some cases, a doctoral degree could be a requirement for some administrative careers in the educational field.

Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Career Paths:

Grand Canyon University's Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership program is designed to help graduates prepare for greater responsibilities in their current positions. Graduates could also pursue advancement to directorial or supervisory roles in public or private educational institutions. They could seek these opportunities in elementary, middle, or high schools.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • School superintendent

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