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Educational Specialist – Educational Leadership K-12 Online

Renew your love for teaching and transition into a position as a principal or school leader while creating opportunities for a higher salary.

04/27/20 Next Application Due Date
05/12/20 Next Class Start Date

Overview

With curriculum built for licensed teachers who have earned a master's degree, the Ed.S. – Educational Leadership K-12 online program expands your abilities as an educator and teaches you skills to improve collaboration with faculty and community members, to effectively manage resources and to develop partnerships.


$9,750 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

In this post-graduate program, you will learn valuable skills to support the development of a positive school culture conducive to student learning and supportive of professional growth for staff members. Online courses are taught by the same respected, experienced faculty who teach on campus.

By completing an additional 15 hours, you can qualify for elementary principal and superintendent certification. You can also use your Ed.S. – Educational Leadership K-12 degree to qualify for special education director certification.

If you are a non-Missouri student, you should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for your state.

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and the Higher Learning Commission.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Ensure effective management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment
  • Collaborate with faculty and community members in response to diverse community interests and needs and mobilize community resources
  • Develop a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and professional growth of staff
  • Advocate for the needs and priorities of the school, district, students and families within the community
  • Set a widely shared vision for learning while promoting the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills and commitment necessary for equitable protocols for student support
  • Establish a school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly
  • Display positive building-level instructional and clinical practice leadership attributes in diversity, equity and inclusion, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork

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Northwest offers a variety of specialized online education program options. Check out our other online education programs.

Tuition and Fees

Our Ed.S. – Educational Leadership K-12 online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$325 Per Credit Hour
$9,750 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Ed.S. – Educational Leadership K-12 $325 $975 $9,750

Important Refund Information

1st day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
2nd day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
3rd day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2019).

Calendar

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

04/27/20 Next Application Deadline
05/12/20 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 2 03/16/20 03/02/20 03/06/20 03/10/20 03/11/20 05/01/20
Summer 1 05/12/20 04/27/20 05/04/20 05/05/20 05/07/20 06/26/20
Summer 2 06/29/20 06/15/20 06/19/20 06/22/20 06/24/20 08/14/20

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northwest?

Admissions

At Northwest, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Ed.S. – Educational Leadership K-12 online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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To apply for this program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Documentation of ONE of the following:
    • Valid state teacher (classroom teacher) certificate
    • Successful completion of the Departmental Entrance Exam (DAE)
    • 3.75 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE®
    • National Board Certification

If you have started an Ed.S. program at another regionally accredited university, you may be able to transfer up to nine credit hours.

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: ONLINEGD@nwmissouri.edu. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Courses

For the Ed.S. – Educational Leadership K-12 online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours).

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students who complete this course understand and demonstrate the capability to promote the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary for equitable protocols for student support, equitable access in a least restrictive environment, responsive practices for culturally responsive teaching and leadership, and a supportive school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the laws of our country as they apply to all phases of the public school. Stress is placed upon laws concerning superintendents, principals, teachers and pupils. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the nature and functioning of effective school organization and administration, including the study of leadership theories.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course prepares educational leaders for their roles in managing certified and classified personnel to effectively achieve the objectives of educational programs K-12.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of current educational thought as it relates to the general P-12 curriculum, its development and evaluation. Emphasis on using classroom curriculum to improve student learning. The goal is to help teachers to learn to think as a teacher leader about issues in P-12 education in a critical and insightful manner.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students taking this course should become familiar with specific leadership skills that are basic to performing in the principalship. The school administrator must be able to demonstrate effective knowledge and application of leadership behavior, communication skills, group processes, curriculum development, instructional leadership, assessment, organization management, fiscal management and political management.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare school leaders for effective two-way communication with families and the community. In addition, school leaders will effectively engage families, community and school personnel in strengthening student learning in and out of school. This course will prepare school leaders to build and sustain productive partnerships with communities and public and private sectors to promote school improvement and student development. Finally, this course will prepare school leaders to advocate for the needs and priorities of the school, district, students, families and the community. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Having a two-fold focus, this course treats (1) basic methods of developing and reporting educational research and literature and (2) techniques of interpreting and evaluating educational research and literature. Basic statistical methods are utilized in each of the components. Prerequisite: Ed.S. students only.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to acquaint prospective or experienced teachers and administrators with the functions, organization, curriculum and personnel associated with the middle school; with concentration on the early adolescent learner.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, candidates have an opportunity to provide coherent, authentic, experiences that provide opportunities to synthesize and apply the content knowledge, develop and refine the professional skills, and demonstrate their capabilities as articulated in each of the elements included in NELP Building-Level Program Standards.

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