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Educational Leadership

Specialist in Education (EdS)

Program Details

Credits Required: 60
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Industry Highlights

  • In the United States, 179,000 master's degrees were conferred in education in 2008-2009.

National Center for Education Statistics

Advance on your own terms with the EdS degree

For some people, a master's degree just isn't enough. The personal and professional growth they desire requires more. For educational leaders who want to go further than their master's degree will take them, but who don't want to commit to a full PhD program, WMU offers an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.

People seeking an EdS degree should be certain about their academic and professional goals. It's not a PhD program, but it's no less rigorous. The program is designed for working professionals and is, therefore, incredibly flexible. Classes are scheduled to accommodate the schedules of busy students.

Why Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University?

  • The EdS program at WMU's College of Education and Human Development prepares leaders for the challenges of educational leadership, making them more competitive in today's changing job market.
  • All classes are taught using an evening, weekend, or concentrated summer format. A small, but growing, number of Internet-based courses are also available.

Who should apply

School administrators, teacher leaders, and educational directors in K-12 schools with at least three years of experience and a related master's degree are encouraged to apply.

Career opportunities

Professionals who obtain the EdS in Educational Leadership can advance to leadership positions in Higher Education or K-12 settings, depending on area of focus and commensurate experience.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.