Educational Specialist - Certification of Advanced Studies

Education Specialist (Ed. S.) program is a specialized professional degree that requires students to engage in a rigorous process of research, inquiry, application, and site-based practice. The degree also requires the successful completion of leadership coursework, an extensive internship, involving an action research project, a cultural diversity project, and a capstone paper/project.  This degree program’s emphasis is on Superintendency.

The Education Specialist (Ed. S.) is a minimum of 36 credit hours, excluding a required 30 credit hour Master’s degree. The program is designed to be completed in twelve calendar months if all coursework is successfully finished.

The Inquiry Studies phase introduces students to the foundations research. The required courses are:

            LDR 640 Methods of Inquiry I (Quantitative Research)

            LDR 645 Methods of Inquiry II (Qualitative Research)

The Specialization phase was designed after careful consideration of the needs of leaders across areas of study. It requires students to have a thorough understanding of leadership and its various aspects within the community. This is a 30 credit hour intensive concentration. These courses are:

            LDR 720   Superintendency

            LDR 730   Personnel Evaluation & Administration

            LDR 740   Policies & Procedures in Administration

            LDR 750   Internship & Seminar I*

            LDR 751   Internship & Seminar II*

            LDR 752   Internship & Seminar III*

            LDR 760   Financial Strategies

            LDR 770   Facility Planning & Usage

            LDR 780   Instructional Leadership*

            LDR 790   Leadership Ethics

* Key Assessment Course

Admissions Requirements

The admission process for the Educational Specialist (E.D. S.)  is designed to admit the highest quality professional educators and business leaders who desire to contribute to their respective fields of work. Applicants to the specialist programs must produce a comprehensive Admissions Portfolio, including both qualitative and quantitative measures, which is used to assess personal characteristics, academic skills, communication skills, and leadership ability.

The admission portfolio must contain the following items:

  1. Completed Application Form;
  2. Completed  Concentration Declaration
  3. Documentation and description of a record of a minimum of two (2) years of successful administrative experience in education, or management;
  4. Provide two (2) character references.
  5. A letter of reference from a supervisor or other person familiar with the applicant’s academic ability and professional performance (specific examples of leadership ability and problem-solving skills should be cited);
  6. A current resume that includes work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors received, professional publications or presentations, community service, and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background;
  7. A thesis or major research paper, minimum at master’s level, for review that demonstrates the applicant’s professional writing ability at the graduate level;
  8. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study (credit earned  through correspondence courses is not acceptable, and credit

Admission Checklist 

  • Completed Application and Application Fee of $40
  • Completed Concentration Declaration
  • Thesis or major paper written at the Master’s Level
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching/Administrative License OR documentation of two years managerial experience
  • Transcripts
  • Character References (2)
  • Supervisor letter of Recommendation

Submit a $40.00 non-refundable application fee with application portfolio.  Make the check or money order payable to Oakland City University or call the Business Office at 812-749-1382 for debit/credit card payments.  

Return the completed portfolio to:

Dr. Nancy Miller, Director, School of Education Graduate Studies, Oakland City University, 138 N Lucretia, Oakland City, IN  47660


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