Specialist in Education

Specialist in Education

Educational Leadership

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)

Student in LibraryThe Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) will prepare you for leadership roles in educational administration positions and is appropriate if you are seeking a post-master's, but not a doctoral degree.  Persons seeking admission to the Ed.S. program should be definite about academic and professional goals and aspirations.  Students are cautioned that satisfactory completion of courses prior to admission to the department program does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application Information

Multi-Year Course Offering Plans

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree leads to an Ed.S. degree.

  • Full alignment with the state Central Office Administrator Certification, if the appropriate courses are completed as follows (or equivalents as determined by the student's advisor).

  • To support working professionals, required courses are available at both the Kalamazoo main campus and the Grand Rapids Beltline regional site; offered nights, weekends and/or on-line.

Program Goals

  • An Ed.S program of study may be developed based on your goals.

  • This may lead to the receipt of an Ed.S degree and a recommendation to receive the Central Office Administrator Certificate from the state.

  • After completing your Ed.S Degree in Educational Leadership from WMU, if you are admitted to the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program, 60 graduate credits will count toward the 90 credits (post bachelors) required for the Ph.D. The minimum required credits to be taken at WMU after admission is 30 credits (including dissertation).

30 MA Credits (Educational Leadership, K-12 Principal Concentration)
+ 30 Ed.S. Credits
+ 30 Ph.D. Credits
(Educ. Leadership K-12 Leadership Concentration)
= Your Future in K-12 Educational Leadership.

Program of Study  
Credit Hours
EDLD 6020: Educational Leadership, Systems and Change
EDLD 6060: Advanced Systems Thinking
EDLD 6300: Data-Informed Decision-Making, Research & Evaluation  
EDLD 6610: School Law
EDLD 6620: School Business Management
EDLD 6630: Personnel Administration
EDLD 6640: Curriculum Development
EDLD 6670: The Principalship
EDLD 6720: School Finance
EDLD 6730: Instructional Leadership and Supervision
EDLD 6740: School Community Relations and Cultural Competence
EDLD 6800: The Superintendency
EDLD 6810: Policy Development
EDLD 6850: Facilities and Technology Systems for Learning OR EDT 6490: Planning & Implementing Dist. Level Ed. Technology 
EMR 5400: Fundamentals of Evaluation, Research and Measurement
EDLD 7120: Professional Field Experience
EDLD 7200: Specialist Project
ELECTIVES (approved by advisor)
Total Minimum Credit Hours



Depending on a student's goals, an Ed.S. program of study (equaling at least 60 credits) other than the list of courses noted above may be developed by that student's advisor. This may lead to receipt of an Ed.S. degree and a recommendation to receive, from the state, the K-12 Administrator Certificate


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
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