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Specialist in Education Ed.S Program

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) is a 30-hour professional degree offering three concentrations:

  • School Principal (Levels I and II simultaneously) - Three years of full time teaching experience are required.
  • District Administration (Supervisor of Instruction and Director of Pupil Personnel - Levels I and II simultaneously for both) - At least school principal coursework must be completed.
  • Superintendent - Two years of administrative experience are required.

Contact program advisor Dr. Ray Lauk for more information.

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Admission Requirements

  • Before applying to the program, applicants are required to schedule a short interview with Dr. Lauk to clarify career goals.  Please use this link to schedule a time: https://calendly.com/raymondlauk/30min

  • Meet admissions requirements of the EKU Graduate School
  • Applicants for the district administration program must hold principal certification.
  • Applicants for the superintendent program  must provide documentation of two years of administrative experience
  • Documentation of three (3) years teaching experience
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from school/district supervisors and one (1) letter from a district school official pledging support for the clinical experiences,
  • Written statement by application indicating ability to improve student achievement, to lead, and possession of advanced knowledge of curriculum,  instruction, and assessment
  • Completion of interview and assessment process

Program Requirements

Core Courses (15 hours)

  • EAD 853 Conditions for Learning
  • EAD 854 Fair Learning Changes
  • EAD 858 Principal Internship II
  • EAD  859 Instructional Planning for Student Learning
  • EDL 950 Educating and Serving Students at Risk

School Principal Levels I and II (15 hours)

  • Prerequisites for school principal concentration: ETL 800, EAD 801, or other leadership course.
  •  EAD 827 Resources for Learning
  • EAD 828 School Law and Ethics in School Leadership
  • EAD 840 Leadership for Safe Schools
  • EAD 852 Human Resource Leadership
  • EAD 857 Principal Internship I

District Administration (Director of Pupil Personnel/Supervisor of Instruction - Levels I and II for both)  (15 hours)

  • EAD 808 Administration of Pupil Personnel Services
  • EAD 821 Practicum in Administration and Supervision
  • EAD 849 School Systems Administration
  • EDL 944 Public Policy & Politics
  • EDL 954 Foundations & Current Issues in Educational Leadership

Superintendent (15 hours)

  • EAD 839 The School Superintendency
  • EAD 849 School Systems Administration
  • EAD 879 Systems for Change
  • EDL 944 Public Policy & Politics
  • EDL 954 Foundations & Current Issues in Educational Leadership

Required licensure exams here https://www.ets.org/sls/states/ky

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