If you’re ready to fast track your career in educational administration but don’t have the time to attend classes at Mississippi College in person, a new option might be just the right fit. The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership program — once available only on campus — now offers busy educators the option to earn the degree completely online.
With specialized tracks in K-12 Administration and Curriculum & Instruction, this flexible degree program gives current and future school administrators two great options tailored to their needs. The 41-credit-hour Ed.S. can be completed in as few as 12 months.
The Ed.S. program delivers a dynamic range of learning experiences, blending education theory and research with essential knowledge and skills. The same core and anchor coursework is offered in both academic tracks, covering the following key aspects of administrative practice:
- Leadership methodology, challenges and effectiveness.
- Campus organization and management.
- Human resources and personnel management.
- Learning theory, design and engagement.
- Advanced research theory and application.
- Statistical methods and problem solving.
- Data-driven decision-making.
- Community relations and engagement.
- Legal structures and issues.
- School finance and fiscal management.
- Education policy and government relations.
Virtual classroom instruction is also paired with community-based learning. Students participate in a series of practicum courses that help them prepare for the types of leadership roles they will take on after graduation. This approach gives both aspiring and experienced administrators the chance to nurture new ideas, collaborate with peers and develop successful strategies they can use throughout their careers.
Choices Tailored to Career Goals
Both Ed.S. tracks are appropriate for educators holding a master’s-level teaching license who wish to move into administration. They are also designed for experienced administrators seeking specialist-level academic preparation beyond the master’s degree.
The K-12 Administration track helps educators gain entry-level administrative licensure, convert to standard career-level administrative licensure, or achieve specialist AAA licensure as needed to meet their career goals. Special coursework also provides new and future administrators with a better understanding of how different components of local and state educational systems work together, as well as the federal government’s involvement in school programming. Courses in this track cover subjects such as:
- School district organization and operations.
- State and federal program implementation.
- Leadership models.
- Advanced personnel management practice.
The Curriculum & Instruction track is also designed for educators seeking a new or higher level of administrative licensure, but the focus is on specific areas of school leadership that look to the future. This track provides opportunities for novice and experienced administrators to update their skills and their knowledge in ways that can directly impact student success. Using the most relevant tools and technology, administrators gain a broader perspective on what’s possible in their schools. Coursework in this track addresses:
- Curriculum development, refinement and evaluation.
- Trending technology for administration, curriculum and assessment.
A key difference between the two academic tracks is that students in K-12 Administration must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) exam at the end of their program in order to graduate. Students planning to work as an administrator in a state that does not require the SLLA must instead pass the equivalent state test required for the leadership position they seek.
A Flexible Fit
K-12 Administration students have the option of switching to the Curriculum & Instruction track if their career goals change, even as they near completion of the degree. This includes students who decide not to take the SLLA or an equivalent qualifying exam, and those who do not pass the SLLA or other exam required for their area of administration.
With fast and flexible degree options tailored to student needs, Mississippi College’s Education Specialist in Educational Leadership program is a great choice. It’s a rigorous learning experience that offers lasting benefits to administrators, as well as the schools they lead.
Learn more about Mississippi College’s online Education Specialist in Educational Leadership — K-12 Administration track and the online Education Specialist in Educational Leadership — Curriculum & Instruction track.