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Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (EdS)

Take Charge of Your Education Career with an EdS in Educational Leadership!

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Educational Leadership, EdS

Effective education begins with effective leadership. The right leaders can remove obstacles, overcome challenges, and champion initiatives that help teachers and other educators make a real difference in the lives of their students, in and out of the classroom. If you’ve been thinking about transitioning into an administrative leadership role in your organization, we can help.

Keiser University’s Education Specialist in Educational Leadership offers the insights, tools, and credential you need to pursue leadership positions within any educational organization, from public K-12 districts to post-secondary university systems. Coursework for this graduate program covers essential leadership abilities, learning best practices, teaching technologies, and more—everything teachers, learners, and whole communities need to beat educational goals.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

30 Credit Hours


10 Courses


10 - 24 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 18 credits of transfer credit

Quick Info

Leadership and management career opportunities in K-12 and higher education settings.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Program Overview

Keiser University’s EdS in Educational Leadership degree prepares educational leaders—teaching and administrative professionals—to dynamically improve schools under their guidance and, ultimately, the communities they serve. Coursework for this educational leadership program fosters lifelong learning, professional development, and values leadership, ethical and informed decision-making, diversity, assessment, program evaluation, effective communication, and technology.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the insights and information students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this advanced degree program or one of the dozens of other graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer a flexible learning option through an online delivery format.

Through our EdS Educational Leadership program, we help aspiring academic leaders gain the skills and expertise needed to advance their careers in any learning environment—from K-12 to post-secondary higher education institutions

Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

Take your education career to the next level with Keiser’s educational leadership EdS program. This advanced degree program is designed to help professionals better manage complex educational issues, from maximizing the effectiveness of education technology to better managing the professional development process.

What Can You Expect to Learn

Keiser University’s Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership program enables students to contribute to the education profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research. Upon completion of this online program, students will be able to:

  • Use leadership theory and ethical, reflective decision-making to manage and administer schools and school systems
  • Apply best practices, emerging technologies, and assessment techniques for better learning outcomes
  • Share a learning culture vision with a better understanding of the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural environment
  • Create safe, efficient, and effective learning environments
  • Communicate clearly and effectively

Program Prerequisites

  • Relevant master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • No GRE is required for any of Keiser University’s graduate-level degrees in education, including this EdS in Educational Leadership program.

Program Outline

To receive an Education Specialist degree, students must earn 30 graduate semester hours. Curriculum coursework includes:

  • Foundation Courses
    Ethical and Legal Issues in Education/Leadership 3.0 credit hours
    Diversity, Ethical Decision Making, and Community Relations 3.0 credit hours
    Leading Technologies Innovation 3.0 credit hours
    Funding of Educational Institutions 3.0 credit hours
    Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
    Leadership Core Courses
    Leadership: Theory and Management 3.0 credit hours
    Leadership: Assessment and Program Evaluation 3.0 credit hours
    Leadership: Reform and Innovation 3.0 credit hours
    Leadership: Human Resources and Professional Development 3.0 credit hours
    Elective 3.0 credit hours

    Complete your studies with a doctoral program! Every credit earned in this education specialist degree can be applied to Keiser’s Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (PhD EdL) program.

Career Pathways in Educational Leadership

Upon graduation from this graduate program, you will have earned an Education Specialist in Education Leadership as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Better manage and administer schools and school systems
  • Evaluate instructional practices, techniques, and emerging technology
  • Communicate more effectively professionally
  • Incorporate diversity to build safe, efficient, and effective learning environments
  • And more!

Through Keiser’s post-master’s program for education leaders, you will gain an in-depth understanding of everything required to lead educational institutions to greater student achievement. You’ll learn how to assess and improve instructional programs as well as how to recruit, hire, and retain educators who share your vision for school success. Coursework covers emerging teaching and learning technologies, insights into diverse cultures, team building, and more to help you prepare for career opportunities in educational leadership, including:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • District administrator
  • Dean of students or faculty
  • District education researcher
  • Education program researcher
  • Chief academic officer
  • And more!

* While Keiser’s EdS in Educational Leadership offers advanced coursework for leadership skills to better prepare principal and assistant principal roles, it does not lead to certification. If this is your professional goal, check with your state’s educational governing body regarding the knowledge and skill requirements for principal or assistant principal positions before starting your program.

Start Your EdS in Educational Leadership Program Now!

If you’ve been looking at EDD educational leadership programs or want to pursue an EdS educational leadership online, Keiser University offers the advanced degree program you need to take your career to an educational leadership level. Learn more about our Education Specialist in Educational Leadership today by Requesting More Info now!

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We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.

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Flexibility and Convenience

When you enroll in Keiser University’s programs, you can pursue your educational goals anytime and anywhere you have internet access.
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One Class at a Time

You have the option of taking just one or two classes at a time, allowing you to concentrate on learning while balancing your education with work, family and other responsibilities. With our “students first” focus and small classes, you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors.
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Experienced Faculty

Keiser University’s dedicated, accomplished faculty members are committed to your success. All faculty are prepared and are actively engaged in the fields they teach. You’ll benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience.
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Dedicated Financial Aid Support

We are here to help guide YOU through the financial aid process to determine what type of aid you may qualify to receive to support your educational endeavors.


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