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Educational Specialist - Ed.S.

Certificate: Educational Specialist

Major: Educational Leadership

 

The Certificate of Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in educational leadership is a program that provides in-depth opportunities for further professional growth and specialization for teacher leaders, school counselors, and administrators who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.This program provides in-depth opportunities for further professional growth and specialization for persons who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Beyond a core set of courses, the program is individualized depending on the participant’s area of interest.  Participants must complete a minimum of 63 hours of credit at the graduate level, which may include the master’s degree.  Participants are assigned a program chair who will work with the student to develop a course of study beyond the required classes. Some courses may be transferred to a Ph.D. degree.

 

 

Requirements

 

 

Research Courses - Two courses from the six courses listed below:

  • ELRC 4006: Introduction to Applied Statistics in Education (3)
  • ELRC 7006: Educational Statistics (4)
  • ELRC 7010: Principles of Testing and Measurement (3) 
  • ELRC 7220: Education Program Evaluation (3)
  • ELRC 7243: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (4)
  • ELRC 7805: Perspectives on Leadership (3)

 

 

Elective Courses

  • A minimum of 18 hours
  • Additional hours maybe need to complete the 63 hours of credit beyond the master’s degree


Admission Requirements for Educational Specialist Program

 

  • Submit the online application
    • The application fee is $50 for U.S. citizens & permanent residents, and $70 for all other applicants. You must pay the application fee when you submit your application. All major credit cards are accepted for payment of required fees.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. 

 

  • A master degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. 

 

  • Official sealed transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to:

 

Grad Online
101 LSU Union Building
PO Box 25416
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

 

  • Official current GRE score. 
    • combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 297 (verbal: 153; quantitative: 144) is recommended
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 ("A"= 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree requirement) and a 3.00 GPA or better on any graduate work already completed. International applicants must have at least a 3.00 GPA, or equivalent, on all college-level work attempted.

 

  • Nomination Letter
    All candidates must submit a nomination letter from a current or past school administrator with which the candidate has worked. The nomination letter must be on
    letterhead or from a professional email address, attesting to:
    • your successful leadership ability and accomplishments
    • your ability to complete advance academic work

 

  • Recommendations
    Two (2) additional letters of recommendation,
    on letterhead or from a professional email address, attesting to:
    •  your successful leadership ability and accomplishments
    • your ability to complete advance academic work

 

  • Interviews 

Interviews are conducted by two program faculty and can be arranged by contacting Dr. Dana Bickmore (danabick@lsu.edu). Alternate video arrangements for interviews will be made for applicants not located in south Louisiana.