Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership and Learning Program – Higher Education Leadership
The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership and Learning; Higher Education Leadership is designed to meet your unique professional needs within an increasingly diverse world.
Enjoy Flexibility – 11 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $375 per month
Learners will examine leadership theories and strategies that will help to effectively manage and strengthen a higher education community. Learn best practices for leadership behavior, student affairs and development, project management, accreditation and more. Explore critical higher education historical and legal issues and investigate the main components of governance within higher education institutions.
The degree is centered around 3 elements:
- Collaborative and ethical leadership
- Transformational leadership
- Reflective scholarship
Through practical, real-world applications, students will gain adeptness with leading college and university administrators and faculty to create cultures that promote student success.
Is this program for you?
Individuals seeking greater knowledge and skills in accreditation policies and practices for higher education settings, strategies for developing scholarship and inclusive governance, historical and legal perspectives, and financial management of those environments would benefit most from this Education Specialist degree.
We understand trying to fit education into an already busy schedule. We created interactive, flexible, facilitated, online courses designed to fit around your lifestyle.
Benefits of an Education Specialist Degree
- Continue professional development
- Grow your leadership philosophy
- Pursue senior roles
- Familiarize yourself with new technology tools
- Application – A completed application.
- Master’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred master’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
- Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
EDD830 - Leadership Theory
RSH900 - Doctoral Writing and Inquiry into Research
EDD832 - Human Potential and Motivation
EDD834 - Creating Strategic Change That Lasts
RSH910 - Research Design and Methodology
EDH810 - Historical and Legal Perspectives in Higher Education
EDH812 - Student Affairs and Development in Higher Education
EDH814 - Accountability and Accreditation
EDH816 - Strategic Planning
EDH818 - Financial Management and Enrollment Development
RSH916 - Problem-Based Research in Action
The emphasis of this course is on leadership with the focus on the application of leadership concepts and leadership skills. Through the examination of a wide array of different leadership theories, the student gains knowledge and skills for a plethora of theoretical paradigms and models, which can be used to influence others towards positive and lasting change. Working with teams and dealing with the politics and power within an organization are also examined in depth.3 Credits
This research course examines the basic principles and techniques of doctoral scholarship, and offers an overview of the development of theory and research logic, explores the relationship between theoretical and empirical constructs, and provides a wide variety of specific research methodologies, including the scholarly publication process. Students study the principles of the scientific method and research design techniques common to both qualitative and quantitative research, including sampling methods and data collection techniques. Material includes examination of various research methods including electronic searches and retrieval methods. Students learn to critically read research papers and articles, and are introduced to the writing techniques necessary to produce expository and analytical papers to the standards of publishable work. This course is a prerequisite for all other doctorate courses.3 Credits
This course examines a meaningful and sophisticated understanding of motivation and emotion. Blending motivation and emotion with leadership builds a powerful sense of tolerance and meaning in many domains of life: home, school, workplace, clinical setting, athletic fields, healthcare, and interpersonal relationships. The course deeply explores individual emotion, mindset, and interventions. A leader can use this knowledge to motivate individuals and evaluate how emotion drives behavior to obtain the best performance out of their employees and relationships in all facets of life.3 Credits
Creating strategic change that lasts is a fine art of every successful leader. Throughout this course, students examine what the best leaders do to create an atmosphere where employees in the organization can flourish. The focus is on learning essential behaviors that promote a high-energy culture.3 Credits
This course begins to ask the doctoral student to reflect on past courses, studies and articles that support and build upon personal areas of interest. The course is designed to challenge students to think about an area of interest and begin develop a comprehensive research topic aligned with their professional goals. Students expand on the research topic, identify appropriate theories, methodologies and consider research design. At the end of eight weeks, students will frame the beginning of a doctoral research dissertation.3 Credits
This course explores higher education law and critical issues in higher education including the numerous facets of sub-topics that fall under both. These include governance of higher education, sources of higher education law, legal relationships within institutions of higher education, law/policy distinction, and the U.S. legal system as it relates to higher education law. This course includes methodological approaches using a new historical lens and critical examinations of special issues.3 Credits
One of the critical areas of higher education administration is student affairs. University and college leaders must understand the characteristics of a student population and be able to create environments that promote learning, safety, socio-emotional health, and inclusion. This course explores topics related to assessing student learning, establishing positive campus cultures, dealing with crisis on campus, involving community partners, and designing academic intervention plans.3 Credits
This course addresses the issue of assessment, accountability, and accreditation. It examines the national context for a culture of assessment and address issues in mission identification and planning. Students explore the use of tools to evaluate institutional effectiveness and develop measures to investigate the degree to which student learning is shaped by these dynamics. Clearly, cost is a factor in higher education and program effectiveness is impacted by how these initiatives are conceptualized, executed, and ultimately led. Communication and goal identification are also key points of interest.3 Credits
This course explores the essence of contemporary strategic planning. Strategic planning today has evolved in terms of process and expected outcomes and this course investigates both in higher education institutions. All effective leaders need to have a solid, achievable plan that targets the specific outcomes of the organization. This course addresses techniques for implementing strategic planning that result in a significant impact on the success of the institution.3 Credits
In this course, the student has an opportunity to explore financial planning and the enrollment development process. Both of these aspects of leadership in a modern day educational system are linked. Developing the skills, strategies, and necessary leadership to accurately navigate these ever-changing dynamics creates opportunities for much better outcomes. This course explores this emergent topic and directly identifies mechanisms for developing enrollment goals that drive budget needs.3 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with additional research tools used to solve everyday problems through a process of inquiry and developing solutions to significant problems in the workplace. This useful strategy can provide the leader a design for decision-making based on data and supportive research. This course satisfies the Proctored Exam requirement for this program.3 Credits