Department of Organizational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2730

Educational Leadership
Pawley Hall, Room 480D
(248) 370-3070
fax: (248) 370-4605

Human Resource Development
Pawley Hall, Room 475E
(248) 370-4109
fax: (248) 370-4095

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Education Specialist in Leadership

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.

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Benefits of this program include:

  • 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

Program goals:
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.
Program Co-Coordinators:
Dr. Caryn Wells, Ph.D.
(248) 370-3072
480H Pawley Hall

Dr. Christine Abbott, Ph.D.
480A Pawley Hall

Department Secretary:
Ann Marie Lindstrom
(248) 370-3070
480D Pawley Hall

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.

Year One
EA 7720 School as a Formal Organization - 4 credits
EA 7730 Program Assessment - 2 credits

EA 7740 Curriculum and Staff Development - 4 credits
EA 7750 Testing, Measurement, and Data Analysis - 2 credits

Summer I
ED 7940 Seminar on School and Community Development - 2 credits
EA 7950 Internship Experience I - 1 credit

Summer 2
EA 7780 Educational Law - 4 credits
Year Two
EA 8820 Human Resource Management and Supervision - 4 credits
EA 7995 Action Research I - 2 credits


EA 8840 School Business Management - 4 credits
EA 8995 Action Research II - 2 credits

Summer I

EA 8940 Professional Seminar - 2 credits
EA 8950 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

Oakland County
Doyle Center
7273 Wing Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301

Macomb County
Macomb University Center (MUC)
44575 Garfield Road

Clinton Township, MI 48038
How to Apply

To apply now, applicants must submit an online graduate application.

Select Application type: “I am interested in the Education Specialist program.”

Academic Plans:

  • Education Specialist in Leadership (for all hybrid locations)
  • Education Specialist in Leadership — 100% online (for online program)
Apply for Admin. Cert.

Step 1: Create a Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) account

Visit the Center for Educational Performance and Information website and follow the links on the screen to create a MEIS account. MEIS will send a user ID, password, and account number to the email address you provided when you followed the links to create an account.

Step 2: Register with MOECS

Once you have established a MEIS ID, please visit the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) website, and on the login screen, sign in with your MEIS user ID and password and follow the steps to self-register with MOECS. On the registration page, you will be asked to provide the MEIS account number that was sent to you via e-mail in Step 1.

Step 3: Apply for your new certificate in MOECS

Once you have signed in with MOECS successfully, you will first be asked to complete demographic information. Once you save it, you will see links on the left navigation panel. Choose the link that pertains to your new certificate and follow the steps to apply for your new certificate. In this application process, be sure to identify Oakland University as your institution.

Step 4: Apply for recommendation

Step 5: Pay MDE’s fee online

Once your application in MOECS has been approved, you will receive an e-mail with a link for you to pay MDE’s fee online using a credit/debit card. If you do not receive the e-mail, you can still pay the fee by logging into MOECS using your user ID and password.

Step 6: Await your new certificate

Once you pay the fee, the Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) at MDE will approve your new certificate.

If your program results in a university issued degree or certificate, you will also apply to Oakland for your degree or certificate to be awarded. Please contact Graduate Education or the Department of Organizational Leadership should you have questions regarding this process.

If you have trouble with the registration process, please contact the OPPS at (517) 373-3310 or read the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the MOECS website for assistance.