ARCHIVED 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 22, 2019  
ARCHIVED 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist Degree Program (Ed.S.)


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Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements , applicants for the EdS in educational leadership must hold the master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and are expected to hold graduate licensure at the fifth-year level in school administration or supervision. Applicants who hold graduate licensure at the fifth-year level in a teaching field may be admitted with the provision that all requirements for the fifth-year level in school administration or supervision become an integral component of the EdS program. Applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test and three recommendations from former instructors and/or administrative superiors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study. Applicants will be interviewed by program faculty.

Students without principal licensure must either complete the School Administration (M.S.A.)  or, if they have an education related master’s degree, have their transcripts reviewed to determine pre-requisite courses needed before entering the EdS program.

Program Description

The Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (EdS) leads to advanced licensure in education administration (Superintendent Licensure). The program requires 36 hours beyond the Master’s Degree in School Administration. Students who have a Master’s Degree in an education-related field may have their transcripts reviewed to determine pre-requisite courses needed for principal licensure before entering the EdS. Upon completion of the EdS, students who are admitted into the EdD in Educational Leadership may transfer up to 36 hours into the EdD.

Requirements


Students are required to prepare a portfolio to demonstrate mastery of skills for leadership at the system level. This portfolio is reviewed by faculty prior to graduation. In order to be licensed at the Ed.S. level by the North Carolina Board of Education, upon graduation students should contact Western’s Office of Field Experiences to apply for an advanced license. Completion of the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership does not qualify a student for admission to the Ed.D. Students admitted to the Ed.D. must request transfers of hours taken at the Ed.S. level to the doctoral program.

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