2023-2024 Catalog


EdS - Education Specialist - Educational Leadership Major

This program is designed for individuals who want to further develop their skills in educational leadership. Through this program students will acquire the skill to lead various types of educational organizations. Examples might include: Higher Education, Educational Consulting, Education/Training development in businesses or hospitals, etc. Learning will occur through coursework, research and a practical capstone project. Courses include both theoretical and practical content that culminates in a unique Capstone course that is designed to meet the professional goals of each student. By the end of the program, students will have gained the knowledge, skills and confidence to be a successful leader in their field. This program will provide entry into the Ed.D.

Candidates who have completed this program should be able to:

  • Apply various leadership models in educational environments.
  • Create organizational change initiatives in educational environments. 
  • Develop skills to lead educational practices across diverse educational settings. 
  • Communicate, in writing and orally, with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices. 
  • Analyze current research, theories, practices in educational organizations. 
  • Create strategic leadership plans that are culturally responsive for an educational setting. 
  • Model Christ-like leadership through personal integrity, fairness, accountability, cultural responsiveness, and ethical/legal decision-making. 
  • Collaborate with various educational stakeholders in a variety of settings through teambuilding and conflict resolution.

Admission Requirements

To meet the admission requirements for this specialist degree program, candidates must:

  • Have completed a master's degree in education (or related field) from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees must be verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate-level courses from master’s degree-granting institution.
  • Have a minimum of three years of experience at an educational organization or related field. 
  • Present at least two letters of recommendation. 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate the Ed.S. degree, candidates must:

  • Successfully complete the curriculum.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

EdS - Education Specialist - Educational Leadership Major - Program of Study

Core Courses

EDL-707Advanced Scholarly Writing in Educational Leadership


EDL-709Educational Leadership Theory and Practice


EDL-711Cultural Responsiveness in an Educational Setting


EDL-713Ethical Leadership in Education


EDL-715Change Theory and Educational Leadership


EDL-717Collaboration in Educational Leadership: Groups and Teams


EDL-719Conflict Resolution in Educational Leadership


EDL-721Current Trends and Issues in Educational Leadership


EDL-716Research Methods, Topics and Review


EDL-723Educational Leadership Capstone


Total Credit Hours:30

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