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Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Curriculum & Instruction Track)

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Get To Know Our Online Ed.s. In Educational Leadership – Curriculum & Instruction Program.

The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership degree (Curriculum & Instruction track) from Mississippi College is designed for educators who want to enhance their teaching skills and prepare for instructional leadership roles in their school or school districts. 

This 100% online program focuses on the professional leadership development of aspiring leaders and is taught by terminally degreed faculty who are practitioners first.

Discover why Mississippi College is a great choice for your education degree!

In this accelerated online Ed.S. program, which integrates a Christian worldview into the curriculum, you will develop an understanding of best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design and strategies, effective teaching, program evaluation, student assessment, and teacher professional development. You will also engage in projects and assignments that emphasize the critical-thinking skills needed to shape schools and school systems to meet the diverse needs of all students.

This online curriculum and instruction program is designed to be accessible for working educators, offering multiple start dates, accelerated online coursework and affordable tuition. Prepare to lead effectively as a Teacher Leader, Curriculum Director, Instructional Coordinator, or Curriculum and Instruction Specialist in as few as 12 months.

Upon completion of this 41 credit-hour curriculum & instruction program, YOu will be able to:

  • Support learning for a diverse student population through the use of technology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trends and issues in education to promote social change and make a positive impact in the school and the community
  • Evaluate, measure and assess effective instructional practices and curriculum development strategies
  • Utilize data-driven assessments to promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching

Know MC’s online dates and deadlines

The School of Education offers multiple start dates each year for the convenience of our Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – Curriculum & Instruction 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.

Term Start Date App Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Class End Date
Spring I 1/8/24 12/27/23 1/1/24 1/2/24 1/3/24 2/25/24
Spring II 3/4/24 2/21/24 2/26/24 2/27/24 2/28/24 4/21/24
Summer 1 5/6/24 4/24/24 4/29/24 4/30/24 5/1/24 6/23/24
Summer 2 6/24/24 6/12/24 6/17/24 6/18/24 6/19/24 8/11/24
Fall I 8/19/24 8/7/24 8/12/24 8/13/24 8/14/24 10/6/24
Fall II 10/14/24 10/2/24 10/7/24 10/8/24 10/9/24 12/1/24

Discover what you need to know before applying

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

Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – C&I 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 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
  • 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). Submit work experience verification form showing your 3 years of teaching experience found here.
  • 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

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

See the topics you will study in our online educational specialist curriculum

To complete the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership – Curriculum & Instruction track online program, students must complete 16 semester hours of core courses, 17 semester hours of anchor courses and 8 semester hours of C&I courses for a total of 41 credit hours.


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Dr. Claudia Steele
“I began teaching at MC to encourage others to join the education field and learn the essential skills to teach our future generations.”
— Dr. Claudia Steele
Associate Professor, Mississippi College

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