Specialist in Education
The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree is recommended for K-12 school leaders
who do not wish to go on to a doctoral degree.
- Candidates accepted into this program earn a Specialist in Education degree with
a concentration in Administrative Leadership K-12.
- They do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test
- The Ed.S. degree is 33 credit hours and includes a capstone project
- The program is taught face-to-face at selected CMU Global Campus Centers
- There are two emphases available through CMU Global Campus:
- Administrative Leadership K-12
- Instructional Leadership K-12
Designed for upper-level administrators at the K-12 level including:
- Curriculum Directors
- Assistant Principals
- School Business Officers
This degree is currently offered at our Livonia Center in the
Administrative Leadership K-12 emphasis only
- An earned master’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of
3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Three years of professional educational experience
A completed application packet for the Ed.S. degree program must include:
- A completed CMU Global Campus graduate application
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate
- $50.00 application fee
- A completed Portfolio containing:
- A current résumé detailing professional educational experience.
- A short essay describing the relationship between the applicant’s
professional goals and the Ed.S. program.
- A description of a professional problem the applicant has
encountered and an analysis of the resolution of that problem.
- Three letters of recommendation (dated and on letterhead) that attest to the
applicant’s ability to succeed in the program.
Progress through the program is based on obtaining satisfactory grades (a 3.25
Specialist in Education Degree (Ed.S.)
This 33-credit-hour program can open doors for positions in school leadership.
This program also meets Michigan State Certification Requirements for the
Central Office Endorsement.
Administrative Leadership K-12 emphasis
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
- EDL 651 Program Review and Evaluation
- EDL 700 Advanced Administrative Research
- EDL 760 Leadership Theory and Practice
- EDL 765 Organizational Change in Educational Institutions
- EDL 775 Educational Policy Analysis
Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)
Capstone Project (6 credit hours)
Select either Plan A or Plan B:
- Plan A: Thesis (EDL 798) – includes 6 credit hours of student designed research
study which will include data collection, analysis, thesis, and oral defense.
- Plan B: Field-based Project (EDL 699 &
EDL 797) – includes 3 credit hours of a
leadership internship and 3 credit hours of an action research project completed
in the field.
Where Is This Offered?
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