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Education Specialist in Leadership with K-12 Administrator Certificate


Now accepting applications for the next online cohort beginning in January 2017.

The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in (K-12) Leadership is a 34 credit, cohort-structured, post-master’s degree program designed for individuals who are looking to further their education and aspire to positions in education administration. The curriculum is relevant — aligning instruction with the true experience in leadership — and connects with current issues in K-12 education. 

Students are recommended for the Administrator Certificate (Building Level). Twenty-eight credits earned in the Ed.S. program can be applied toward Oakland University’s Ph.D. in Education.  Classes are taught  with face-to-face, hybrid, and 100% online cohort modules available.

  • Convenient class schedule/format, designed for busy professionals
  • Can be completed in 22-months
  • Experienced administrators and area specialists teach all courses
  • Customize your research, mentorship, and internship
  • Michigan Department of Education approved
  • Nationally recognized by the National Policy Board of Education Administration (NPB) and the Education Leadership Constituent Counsel (ELCC)
  • Knowledge of all the important aspects of school administration
  • Increased career options as a principal or school administrator
  • Gain extensive experience (via internship) in preparation for a front line administrative position as an informed and reflective educational leader

The Ed.S. program in Educational Leadership goals are designed to prepare leaders for the challenges inherent in school leadership, specifically to:
  • Prepare transformational leaders who can build a school culture and vision to ensure success for every student;
  • Create and sustain social justice;
  • Use data and research to inform practice;
  • Build capacity for teachers to work as leaders in the schools;
  • Prepare students for a knowledge economy.

See catalog: Education Specialist in Leadership

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  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Evidence of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from accredited institution
  • Recommendations from two supervisors
  • Goal statement and curriculum vitae

The Ed.S. program in Educational Leadership offers courses that are designed for practitioners. The course sequence includes action research, field experiences, assignments that are embedded in authentic educational settings, and an internship with a mentor for two years.



EA 740 School as a Formal Organization - 4 credits
EA 747 Program Assessment - 2 credits

EA 746 Curriculum and Staff Development - 4 credits
EA 749 Testing, Measurement, and Data Analysis - 2 credits

Summer I
ED 748 Seminar on School and Community Development - 2 credits
EA 701 Internship Experience I - 1 credit

Summer 2
EA 742 Educational Law - 4 credits



EA 754 Human Resource Management and Supervision - 4 credits
EA 750 Action Research I - 2 credits


EA 741 School Business Management - 4 credits
EA 751 Action Research II - 2 credits

Summer I

EA 743 Professional Seminar - 2 credits
EA 702 Internship Experience II - 1 credit


Displayed below are all of the current locations offered for the Ed.S. in Leadership with MI K-12 Administrator Certificate program.  Students are encouraged to apply for their preferred location (residence in a specific county is not required).  

FULLY ONLINE PROGRAM - Next cohort begins in January 2017

Doyle Center
7273 Wing Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301

Whitmer Human Resource Center
60 Parkhurst Street
Pontiac, MI  48342

Rochester Community Schools
50 W. University
Rochester, MI  48307

Grand Blanc Community Schools
Mason Elementary School
4455 E. Cook Road 
Grand Blanc, MI  48439
Macomb Intermediate School District
44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Twp, MI   
How to

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

For the fully online program: Download an Application Packet

For other locations:


Complete the free online graduate application by clicking on the button below:

Application Type: Grad - Education Specialist

Planned Course of Study: Please select one of the following:
  • Education Specialist in Leadership -100% Online (For fully online program)
  • Education Specialist in Leadership (For all other off-campus programs)

If you have any other questions, please contact the appropriate program site coordinator below:

Macomb and Genesee County Locations
Jasmine Bailey, Project Manager
(248) 370-3143 phone   |   (248) 370-4961 fax                 

Oakland County & Online Locations
Donna Rich, Administrative Project Coordinator
(248) 370-4170 phone   |   (248) 370-4961 fax