Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership

The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is an advanced degree of 33 credit hours beyond a Master’s Degree.   The educational specialist degree is designed for professional educators involved in education and schooling who already hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions.  There are two (2) entry options and two (2) different plans of study depending on the candidate’s previous educational status and licensure:

  1. Those already holding a Master’s Degree in an area of Educational studies other than School Administration and are seeking Mississippi School Principal Administration with licensure as advanced work towards earning a 33 hour Ed.S. which will become hours towards the Ed.D.
  2. Those already holding a Master’s Degree in School Leadership and Supervision with a Mississippi State Administration License and are now seeking an advance 33 hour Ed.S. degree to become hours towards the Ed.D.

Course Delivery Format

Online Courses with On-Location Support Seminars

All courses in the degree program are presented in an online learning delivery format.  However, to assist the online learner, many of the courses offers three optional on ground, on-location Support Seminars. The enrolled candidate may choose to attend or not attend these Support Seminars (class attendance and final grades are based solely on weekly submission of online assignments and assignment grades). Support Seminars are held either during a week night evening session or a Saturday morning session. Sessions are held on the first (1st), fourth (4th), and seventh (7th) weeks of each eight (8) week course term. Support Seminars have been designed to encourage, support, and assist candidates in their studies and to provide an opportunity to meet with their professor and colleagues. This is an excellent opportunity for the online learner to experience live person-to-person interaction, have questions answered, and dialogue with the professor regarding course procedures and course content.  It also provides an occasion to network with other professional educators enrolled in the course.

For those residing in Mississippi, Support Seminars are held on the Belhaven University, Jackson campus.  Should enrollment numbers in other areas of the state indicate strong enough enrollment numbers, Support Seminars will be offered on location at DeSoto/Southaven and/or Gulfport.

Curriculum Summary

Admission Information

Applicants will be evaluated to determine those who possess the personal qualities and dispositions, academic acumen, and professional experiences to suggest a compelling potential for success as doctoral candidate and to advance as educational leaders. The following information will be required to complete an applicant’s Application Portfolio:

  • Have an earned master’s degree in education or related field, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Submission of an essay describing the applicant’s background, career goals, and reasons for applying to the program. The applicant should include a 3-5 page overview of their experiences in teaching, administrative duties, or other employment opportunities related to involvement in PK-12 education.
  • Submission of three professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of documentation of a minimum of three years’ experience in a PK-12 education context.
  • Submission of Millers Analogy Test scores or Graduate Record examination scores (less than five years old).
  • Submission of two artifacts that clearly demonstrate their leadership potential within his/her most current position.
  • Completed and signed copy of the Candidate Request Form for Intern Mentoring Supervisor.
  • Copy of their current Teaching Certificate.