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The George Washington University | Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration

Future school or school district leaders could develop the managerial skills and understanding of school policy and program development needed to assume these roles in The George Washington University's Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration program. Learn more here.

Official Program Name:

Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

To enroll in this EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration program, aspiring students must have earned a master's degree and possess one year of experience in teaching. Strong leadership skills and familiarity with educational structure and school leader responsibilities would be helpful, as the curriculum focuses on school leader roles, managerial functions, and development of instructional, improvement, and policy plans and strategies. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From educational policy development processes to school principal leadership functions, the online Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration program at The George Washington University is designed to address school administrative responsibilities in such areas as student achievement, teacher support, and community relations. Required courses could discuss instructional and assessment strategies; school improvement practices; and educational policy planning, implementation, and analysis. Students also have the opportunity to learn about legal influences on school policies and the management of personnel and resources, including staff selection and retention, budgeting, educational technology acquirement, and facilities management. All students complete an internship in an actual academic setting.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration:

The 30 credits needed to earn this EdS degree are achieved by completing nine courses and an internship. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Foundations of K-12 Educational Leadership
  • School Law and Policy
  • Leadership for Equity and Social Justice
  • Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
  • School, Family, and Community Engagement
  • School Finance and Resource Management for School Leaders
  • Education Policy for School Leaders
  • Leading Evidence-Based Action Research for School Improvement
  • Internship: Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

For some graduates, the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration is a terminal degree; however, those who wish to continue their studies can do so in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate would be necessary for those who intend to pursue teaching or administrative positions at the postsecondary level.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Education Leadership
  • PhD in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership

Career Paths:

Once they have earned the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration, graduates could have developed the skills needed to lead public or private academic institutions at the elementary, middle, or high school levels. They could oversee such areas as teacher staffing, curriculum design, instructional development, teacher career development, and community/school relations. Graduates would likely need to obtain necessary state licensure prior to filling some leadership roles in a school setting; this program could prepare graduates for such licensure.

Career titles likely pursued by graduates include:

  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Assistant principal
  • Department chair
  • Curriculum leader