Program Overview

The George Washington University's Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration is a specialized degree that prepares students to lead and promote high-quality student achievement at a district, sub-district or school-wide level. The education specialist degree program is ideal for students with a master's degree in education who seek further professional preparation for specific objectives.

Additionally, the EdS is a terminal degree for those who do not wish to pursue a doctoral degree, and as a result, EdS graduates may save time and money by pursuing this 30-credit hour program, which is generally shorter than most doctoral programs.

GW's program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). Completion of this degree may also prepare qualified candidates for principal or administrator licensure. This program's courses and internship experiences are designed to meet administrative certification requirements for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and other interstate compact agreement partner states.

Why GW's EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration?

  • Specialized Skills: Develop a specialized skill set that includes theory, practice and research to help make you more competitive in the job market.
  • Applied Leadership Emphasis: Design and implement evidence-based action research project to address an area of instructional need to directly apply program curriculum.
  • Licensure Preparation: Prepare for a licensure opportunity as an administrator or principal with courses and field experience designed to meet administrative certification requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and other interstate compact agreement partner states.

Career Outlook

The George Washington University's Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration degree program prepares you to lead and promote high-quality student achievement at a district, sub-district or school-wide level. Graduates are ready to be P-12 leaders who understand curriculum design, instructional excellence, motivation and support of classroom professionals, the broader community, and the needs of diverse learning communities.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Athletic director
  • Central office administrator
  • Dean
  • Department chair
  • Director of admissions
  • Education advisor
  • Education consultant
  • Higher education instructor
  • Program director

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting organizations
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Higher education institutions
  • P-12 public, private or charter schools

Certificate Offered

GW offers a Post-master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration. Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you do have the option to transfer these GW earned credit hours into the Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

    Requirements

    • Requires a master's degree
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resume
    • Official transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation

    School Overview

    The George Washington University (GW) was founded in 1821 and is located in Washington, D.C., the heart of international law, health care and business. This location and close relationships with prominent health care agencies and their officials distinguish the opportunities GW provides to students. GW's legacy of preparing leaders who create positive change begins with connecting them to the leaders of today.

    Why GW?

    Washington, D.C., isn't just where the George Washington University (GW) is located; it's what distinguishes the connections and opportunities we provide.

    Located at the hub of international science, health policy and business, GW links you to renowned experts and institutions in the field through our program faculty and industry collaborators. Our programs are designed around emerging fields in cooperation with leading agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and are led by active experts in the field. Connect with and learn from these authoritative health care leaders in programs on the forefront of industry trends.

    GW's online programs are designed to give you immediate added value within your current organization while preparing you for advancement into more specialized roles upon completion. The flexible structure of an online degree allows you to maintain your personal and professional commitments while making prominent industry connections. Gain the knowledge and skills to create positive change in our ever-evolving health care system.

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