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

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

Department Secretary:
Leslee Rogers
480 D Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3070

Education Specialist in Leadership

The Education Specialist in Leadership program is designed for graduate students who are aspiring and practicing administrators who want to develop skills in leading and transforming schools. This program prepares leaders to receive State certification as building principals.
Program Overview
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
  • Experienced administrators and area specialists teach all courses
  • Customize your research, mentorship, and internship
  • Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards are applied throughout the course of study
  • 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.
Admissions Requirements
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Evidence of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from accredited institution
  • Recommendations from two supervisors
  • Goal statement and curriculum vitae
Course Requirements
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