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Graduate Catalog 2018-19 
Graduate Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership

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Advisors: Louann Bierlein Palmer, Brett Geier, Joseph Kretovics, Dennis McCrumb, Sue Poppink, Patricia Reeves, Jianping Shen
Room 3571, Sangren Hall.

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) prepares individuals for leadership roles in K-12 educational administrative positions.  The Ed.S. is a degree appropriate for students wishing to initially earn a post-master’s, but not doctoral, degree.  Persons seeking admission to the Ed.S. program should be clear about academic and professional goals and aspirations.  Students are cautioned that satisfactory completion of courses prior to admission to the Department program does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Ed.S. program should review admission deadlines, criteria for admission, and application link, which can be found on the department website. A student must have a completed master’s degree with as least a 3.0 GPA prior to beginning the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership program.

Program Requirements

The Ed.S. program of study consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours taken after the completion of at least a 30 credit master’s degree (for a total of at least 60 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree). In addition to the Ed.S. degree, a student can be recommended to receive endorsement from the state as a central office or building level administrator, if the appropriate courses are completed as follows (or equivalents as determined by the student’s advisor):


Depending on a student’s goals, an Ed.S. program of study (equaling at least 30 credits) other than the list of courses noted above may be developed by that student’s advisor. This will not lead to State Administrator Certification.

Upon completion of an Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership from WMU, any such student admitted to the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership will be able to count at least 30 graduate credit hours towards the 60 credit hour required within that Ph.D. degree. This means that for such students, not withstanding any other policy, the minimum credit hours required to be taken at WMU after admission to such a doctoral program is 30 credit hours (including dissertation credits). There is also no specific number of courses prescribed in order to meet the residency requirement for students within the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership program.

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