Advanced Studies in Leadership (Special Education)
EdS Degree

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The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers a Specialist in Education degree with a major in Advanced Studies in Leadership. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below. This program is designed to prepare superintendents and other central office personnel and offers students specific comprehensive knowledge of administration at both elementary and secondary levels.

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  • Career Options
  • Internship opportunities

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option II: Research Problem
        This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.

  • Special Education Teachers (All areas)
  • Social and Human Services Assistants
  • Juvenile Detention Corrections Officers

Some of the coursework includes practica. All of the assignments are designed to be completed in the district where the candidate is working or on a university or community college campus.  Educational Leadership topics that interest the candidate can be the focus of research courses. Course research is based on the principles of Action Research. Action Research assists the leader to focus on a question or topic in order to improve the quality of education or services at the district or program area levels.

About Teaching and Leadership Department

Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.

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