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Educational Administration - K-12 Leadership - Ed.S., M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The Educational Specialist in Educational Administration–K-12  provides continuing educational opportunities for practitioners who wish to hold professional leadership positions such as directors of instruction, special subject/area coordinators, a director of staff development, directors of research, directors of pupil services.

The Master of Arts and the Master of Education in Educational Administration–K-12 Leadership prepares teachers to become administrators in public and private school settings. This is an academically rigorous and experientially intense program where future school leaders are challenged to excel and take their learning and potential to the next level by developing  knowledge and understanding of current and developing leadership theories and practices in a democratic society.

The Ph.D. in Educational Administration–K-12 Leadership prepares scholarly practitioners and practicing scholars to lead complex educational settings. Graduates are employed in public and private institutions at the pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and higher educational levels, as well as in non-school settings, both public and private.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement, two letters of recommendation and interview. A 3.0 GPA is required for the M.A. or M.Ed. (GRE required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0). A 3.5 GPA is required for the Ed.S. A resume or vita is required for Ph.D. The Ed.S. and Ph.D. both require the GRE with a score in the 50th percentile or above.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Educational Specialist programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Services practice selective admission.  Requirements include, among other things, evidence of high scholastic achievement, a high level of verbal ability and positive letters of recommendation

All Ed.S. programs, with the exception of school psychology, require that applicants must have completed or be about to complete their master’s degree from an accredited institution.  
In addition to observing regular application requirements of the university, applicants must do the following:

  • Apply online to the  Ed.S. program and submit all application material to Graduate Studies
  • Submit satisfactory scores on the general knowledge portion of the Graduate Record Examination if required.
  • Submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation for admission to the Ed.S. degree program.  One recommendation should be from an employer or other individual who can address the applicant’s ability in a professional work setting.
  • Participate in interviews with selected program area faculty or the program area admission committee as requested.  
  • Complete any special procedures mandated by specific program areas.
  • Submit any supplemental information that may assist admissions committees in assessing academic or experiential background.  Supplemental information may include such items as professional vita, publications, additional recommendations or a copy of a master’s thesis.


Graduation Requirements

Ed.S: Thirty semester hours of planned graduate study beyond the master’s degree is required to receive an Educational Specialist degree.

M.A. and M.Ed.:The Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees require a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate coursework at the 60000 level or above. A major consisting of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is required. Master's degree students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the program.

Ph.D: After admission to the degree program, students plan a program of study with their respective faculty advisory committee headed by their major advisor. Students’ programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate as well as the major.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. Students should consult their advisors for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.