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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
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Educational Leadership (Non-Licensure), EdS

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Department: Secondary Education and Professional Programs 

Graduate students who hold a master’s degree in education or related field and who are seeking further study in educational leadership may pursue the Education Specialist (EdS) program. This program is designed to enable the student to:

  • Take educational initiatives by encouraging innovation, planning and implementing strategic change and having the self-confidence to be a risk-taker
  • Analyze and prioritize problems by acquiring and interpreting key information and by resisting premature judgments
  • Build and maintain teams for continuous improvement of teaching and learning by communicating expectations and by developing and empowering others
  • Expand learning opportunities for all constituencies by having and advocating a need to be a lifelong learner

The EdS in Educational Leadership (non-licensure) is mainly a weekend program through which students earn 30 credits beyond the master’s.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university (official transcript required)
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • A completed application form
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from immediate supervisor)
  • An essay on the candidate’s leadership philosophy in times of change
  • Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Program of Study

Elective (3 credits)

Complete one course (three credits) from any 500- or 600-level graduate course offered in the College of Education and Health Sciences, as approved by the program advisor.

Exit Requirement

All candidates must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations as exit requirements from the program. Please see the catalog section, Graduate Academic Policies , for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.

Total minimum credits: 30

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