Oakland City University

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree Program

The Education Specialist Degree Program is a professional degree that requires students to engage in a rigorous process of research, inquiry, application and site-based practice. The Oakland City Ed.S. Program is designed to meet the growing academic and practical needs of leaders who are designated as decision makers in related policy, and who are already employed in leadership and administrative roles. The Ed. S. program aims to advance the knowledge and skills of those serving in leadership positions in the education community.

The Ed.S. (Education Specialist) online degree program equips graduates with advanced skills in educational leadership and human development, and in-depth knowledge of diversity issues. They will also know how to use collaboration in learning environments and organizations, how to effectively use communication among peers, instructors, and students, and most importantly, how to serve the community and assist within the community in which they are employed.  Completion of the Ed.S. degree enables most of those interested in becoming a school superintendent eligible for licensure.

The degree program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in post-master’s degree work. Courses are delivered in a hybrid format of face-to-face summer residency with fall and spring courses online. Each course requires extensive preparation, research, and interaction between the instructor and other students. Completion of the program requires approximately one year of work, consisting of two summers with one fall and spring academic term in between.

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