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School of Education - Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership


The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership is a 33 semester hour program of advanced study beyond the master’s degree designed to prepare students for leadership and administration at the district office level of a K-12 school system. The Ed.S. typically leads to North Carolina Level II (Advanced Principal) and Superintendent licensure. Potential students who do not have North Carolina Level I Principal licensure, must first obtain such licensure by completing the Post-Masters Certificate (PMC) program

The Ed.S. is the first step many students take toward the Ed.D. Up to 18 credits of the Ed.S. can be applied to the Ed.D. Note that the Ed.D. has a separate admissions process. More information on the Ed.D. can be found here.

Program Information/Requirements

The program consists of coursework in four areas: Administration and Leadership (21 hours), Curricular and Instructional Leadership (3-6 hours), Social and Cultural Foundations (3-6 hours), and Research (3 hours). Courses are offered during the summer, as well as in the evenings during the Fall and Spring terms. Some courses are offered off campus or as online courses. Most students typically take two courses per semester.

2015-2017 Online EdS Cohort

ELC is currently accepting applications for an online Ed.S. Cohort to begin Summer 2015. Courses are offered online. In addition, students will meet occasionally in face-to-face, full-day enrichment sessions (fulfills university low residency requirements). The dates of these face-to-face sessions are June 25, 26 and 30, July 1 and 2, August 15, and October 17, 2015. In 2016 the dates are January 16 and March 19. Face-to-face sessions for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will be determined. Aside from these enrichment sessions, course work and engagement occurs online.

For a full description of the program, please see this Powerpoint overview.

EdS Degree Informational Presentation – 1.22.15 Final-2

Application and Admission

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School (see, the applicant must submit a resume or curriculum vitae and a personal statement (see for details).

Admissions decisions are made once per year in mid-April and applicants must submit all application materials by March 31st to be considered for Fall semester admission.

Degree Requirements (33 hours)

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership is intended for students with a previous Master of School Administration degree and/or P licensure who seek preparation for advanced building-level administrator, district-level administrator, and superintendent positions. The degree leads to eligibility for specialist-level principal licensure and superintendent licensure (AP and S licensure).

Administration and Leadership Courses (21 hours)
• ELC 688-T 21st Century, Teaching, Learning, and Leading (3)
• ELC 700 Critical Perspectives in Education, Leadership, and Culture (3)
• ELC 701 The Superintendency (3)
• ELC 750 Advanced Seminar in School Law Research (3)
• ELC 752 Theories in Educational Administration (3)
• ELC 790 Internship (6)

Additional Courses (12 hours)
• ELC 751 Concepts and Cases in Educational Administration (3)
• ELC 754 Personal Leadership Assessment and Enhancement (3)
• ELC 688 Systematic Inquiry and Data Literacy (3)
• Elective approved by the student’s advisor (3)

Capstone Experience

Students must complete the Ed.S. Capstone Experience prior to graduation (typically completed during their last semester in the program). Students should provide notice of intent to complete the Capstone Experience at the beginning of the semester in which they intend to do so by submitting a written memo to their advisor and to the Coordinator of the Ed.S. Program. See Capstone Experience Guidelines for more detail about the Ed.S. Capstone Experience.

Application Criteria & Procedures

Check out the application procedures

Financial Information

Check out the financial aid information

UNCG District Verification for EdS Licensure Candidates

UNCG District Verification for EdS Licensure Candidates

(This document should be uploaded to the supplemental C section of Apply Yourself once completed)


For application forms for fellowships and assistantships, or for other basic information:

Craig Peck, PhD
Associate Professor and EdS/EdD Coordinator

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