Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Why choose the Education Specialist degree at Saint Leo?

The Graduate Education program at Saint Leo University offers the Specialist in Education degree with a concentration in transformational school leadership. This degree is for individuals holding a master’s degree in education or a related field of study (e.g., guidance and counseling, social work, human services, organization leadership, etc.). The Education Specialist Degree starts every Fall with the next cohort starting Fall 2016.

Courses within the Education Specialist degree program have been identified to ensure that students complete a relevant and rigorous program of study. All courses infuse the Saint Leo University core values, thus helping students grow in body, mind and spirit.

The curriculum for this program of study is aligned with the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) (Council of Chief State School Officers) 2015 standards. The ISLLC standard focus on seven aspects of transformational leadership that enables leaders to think critically; analyze systems and organizational structures; support innovative initiatives that supports effective practice and research that maximized student learning and demonstrations of achievement outcomes; facilitates staff members ability to drive instructional practice for student success; build collaborative school cultures; and create a community of stakeholders invested in academic success and personal well-being of every student.

The program is for those who already hold teaching and/or administrative certification or who are eligible for such certification and who seek to advance their career, grow their knowledge base and enhance their professional practice. The program is 39 hours beyond the master’s offered in the online format.

What can you do with an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree?

  • School building leadership positions
  • School district leadership positions
  • Continue into Ed.D. programs of study

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now?

Our students find success as teacher leaders, principals and administrators in school districts around Florida and in other states, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education negotiates.

Admission requirements

Students need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited university. Contact Graduate Admissions for more information.

Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program today.

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