Education Specialist in Educational Leadership - K-12 Administration track online

Prepare to serve your school as an ethical and innovative administrative leader.

Apply by: 1/1/21
Start Class: 1/11/21

Program Overview

$14,309* Total Tuition
12 months* Duration
41* Credit Hours

The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration track program from Mississippi College is designed to meet the needs of educational professionals seeking a higher level of licensure in school administration or an entry-level licensure in school administration that builds on an existing AA licensure in another area of professional education. This 100% online program focuses on the professional leadership development of aspiring leaders and is taught by terminally degreed faculty who are practitioners first.

In this accelerated online Ed.S. program, which integrates a Christian worldview into the curriculum, you will study personnel management, legal structures and issues, principles of fiscal management, central office roles and responsibilities, and more.

The program is designed for working educators and offers multiple start dates, accelerated online coursework and affordable tuition. Prepare to lead effectively as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Supervisory Leader or school administrator in as few as 12 months.

Educators in this 41-hour program must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in Mississippi or the parallel requirement in their state, before they can be approved to graduate and apply to obtain a Class AAA license in Administration. If students cannot pass the SLLA the semester before they graduate or choose not to take it, they can switch to the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) track, and by completing a minimum of 8 additional hours, can graduate with the Ed.S. Ed Leadership – C&I track.

This program prepares you with competences for meeting the SLLA standards, such as:

  • Setting a widely shared vision for learning
  • Developing a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth
  • Ensuring effective management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment
  • Collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources
  • Acting with integrity and fairness in an ethical manner
  • Understanding, responding to and influencing the political, social, legal and cultural contexts
  • Setting a widely shared vision for learning
  • Developing a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth
  • Ensuring effective management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment
  • Collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources
  • Acting with integrity and fairness in an ethical manner
  • Understanding, responding to and influencing the political, social, legal and cultural contexts
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The School of Education at Mississippi College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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$14,309 Total Tuition
12 months Duration
41 Credit Hours

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Tuition

Mississippi College prides itself on offering a quality private school education at public university prices. Our pay-by-the course tuition for the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration track online degree program is affordable and priced with the working student in mind.

Tuition breakdown:

$14,309 Total Tuition
$349 Tuition per credit hour

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Process

1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov.

2. Enter the code of 002415 to choose MC as one of your options.

If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Department at 601-925-3212.

Tuition Breakdown:

$14,309 Total Tuition
$349 Tuition per credit hour

Calendar

The School of Education offers multiple start dates each year for the convenience of our Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration track online students. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all the required documents, register for classes and pay tuition for their desired program start date.

Now enrolling:

1/1/21 Apply Date
1/11/21 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End Date
Fall II10/19/2010/9/2010/12/2010/13/2010/20/2012/6/20
Spring I1/11/211/1/211/4/211/5/211/6/212/28/21
Spring II3/8/212/26/213/1/213/2/213/3/214/25/21

Now Enrolling:

1/1/21 Apply Date
1/11/21 Class Starts

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Admissions

The School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration track online program. Find out the requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Admission Requirements:

  • Master's Degree
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • 3 Years of Teaching Experience

Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – K-12 Admin track Online Requirements

  • Must possess a master's level permanent teaching license. The master's degree and license must be in an area of professional education. A photocopy of the valid license is required.
  • Must meet all general requirements for admission to the graduate school at Mississippi College
  • No GRE required
  • Must have a 3.25 GPA on all prior graduate work
  • Must submit a School District Verification Form
  • Must supply three letters of recommendation from school administrators familiar with applicant's character, scholarship and potential for successful completion of the program. Please have your recommender complete the recommendation form and send to [email protected]
  • Must have a minimum of three years of teaching experience on the permanent license (applicant can apply if he/she will have three complete years by start of program). Please complete the Verification Form and email to [email protected].
  • Send all official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities to the MC Grad Admissions office.

Transcripts should be sent to:

Mississippi College
Graduate Admissions Office
MC Box 4067
Clinton, MS 39058

Photocopies of your educator's license can be faxed to 601-925-7368 or emailed to [email protected].

To be prepared while enrolled in first course:

  • Prepare a portfolio showing writing sample, letter of communication and examples of leadership experience (in or out of state)
  • Entrance interview with program advisor (can be done via Skype/Zoom)

To be maintained during program:

  • After 12 hours, must have and maintain a 3.25 GPA in program until completion
  • As an exit requirement, must defend research-based project completed during the Ed.S. Program

Licensure Assessment

Candidates in the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration track must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in Mississippi or the parallel requirement in their state, before they can be approved to graduate and apply to obtain a Class AAA license in Administration.

If students cannot pass the SLLA the semester before they graduate or choose not to take it, they can switch to the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) track, and complete an additional 8 hours minimum, in order to graduate in the Ed.S. Ed Leadership – C&I track.

Courses

To complete the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration track online program, Students must complete 16 semester hours of core courses, 17 semester hours of anchor courses and 8 semester hours of Administrative courses for a total of 41 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The introductory course serves to orient students about the graduate expectations at Miss College, the EDS guidelines in Teacher Education and Leadership (TEL), the usage of the Statistical Software Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), licensure and SLLA mandates, action research expectations and topic selection, practicum-internship guidelines, TK20-Watermark purchase and orientation on the usage for online portfolio development and data collection, and the TEL's graduation policies.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The continuation in advanced educational research is the application of the students' theoretical plans made in EDU 7501. Further, the introduction chapter, which supports the approved topic, and the literature review, which is written from peer-reviewed empirical research, are reviewed. Thereafter, the methodology is built around approved research questions and directed hypothesis testing. The expectation is for students to implement their research plans, complete the data collection, complete the data analysis using SPSS, and make conclusions based on their research findings. A final grade is issued in EDU 7500, after all expectations for the course have been successfully completed. A letter grade is issued in EDU 7501, after EDU 7500 has been successfully completed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Statistics Methods will be investigated with a basic review of statistical measures, variable relations, inferences about variables, multiple comparisons of data, and trend analyses. Additionally, there will be a focus on case study analyses and synthesis activities for the further development of skills in statistical problem solving using SPSS (Statistical Software Package for the Social Sciences).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Engaged Learning will provide an emphasis on creating learning opportunities that address the brain’s need for meaning, patterns and connections. While addressing appropriate levels of learning, age-appropriate teaching strategies and the science of learning, teachers will focus on creating a classroom climate conducive to learning for all students. Topics will also include concepts of teaching, learner characteristics, learning environment designs and effective teaching. Research in cognition, learning and teaching will form the foundation for the course.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the knowledge, skills and values that are necessary to identify organizational constructs, develop a vision and purpose with others for the organization, and exercise leadership processes to achieve the common goals for the organization.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the elements and concepts of administering fiscal, physical and human resources within an organization. The importance of effective communication with the various cultures in the community to build school structures is emphasized.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced study of research designs and development of research projects at the school-district level to develop skills related to writing research reports, project proposals, self-studies and grant writing. In subsequent semesters, students will enroll in EDU 7500 until the research project is complete. Until completion, a letter grade of (PR) will be given for EDU 7501.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the interrelationships among federal, judicial, state and local governing structures that affect the decision and judgment parameters of operating a school district and the impact of emerging legal issues on future educational policies.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The practicum courses are designed to provide field-based experiences for Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) students. Specific field experiences will be assigned for each of the required courses in the Ed.S. Program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An exploration of current educational problems affecting the development of future educational-policy formation and educational-management decisions at the school and district levels.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to prepare instructional leaders who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions essential to effective professional practice in data-driven decision-making. The goal of the course is to develop competencies in the area of using a wide variety of data to make effective decisions at the building and district levels.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The practicum courses are designed to provide field-based experiences for Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) students. Specific field experiences will be assigned for each of the required courses in the Ed.S. Program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of personnel management areas that include the policies, organizational structures, recruitment, selection, compensation, development, evaluation, reward structures and termination issues of an effective personnel organization.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the historical significance of funding sources, distribution formulas and accounting for expenditures to include application of sound principles of fiscal management at the school, district and state levels.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the roles, functions and organizational structures of the school district central office staff and the leadership skills employed in implementing instructional programs, state and federal programs, and the operational programs of the school district.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The practicum courses are designed to provide field-based experiences for Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) students. Specific field experiences will be assigned for each of the required courses in the Ed.S. Program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of modern participative leadership models and their applications for change in leadership roles and organizational climate as trends for future leadership effectiveness in educational organizations.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The practicum courses are designed to provide field-based experiences for Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) students. Specific field experiences will be assigned for each of the required courses in the Ed.S. Program.
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