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Graduate Catalog 2012-13


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College of Education


Department of Educational Leadership


William A. Rouse, Jr., Chair, 208 Ragsdale

The Department of Educational Leadership offers three degree programs to prepare individuals for positions as educational leaders. Additional information regarding the application process and program requirements is available on line.

Master of School Administration (MSA)

The master of school administration degree (MSA) is designed to prepare individuals to become school leaders. Program studies include a significant service-learning component. The MSA encourages and supports students to serve as problem-solvers, communicators, innovators, collaborators, and change agents in their respective schools and school districts. A supportive school and district setting is essential for MSA students as they immerse themselves into these service learning experiences. Upon admission to the program a “MSA Letter of Agreement and Support” will be signed by the student, principal, and superintendent to solidify a partnership with the MSA program and to establish guidelines of agreement for the MSA student, the principal, and the superintendent.

At the end of the final semester, the student will have completed six service learning projects (SLP) and provided the written documentation of these projects via a webfolio. The department chair’s verification of the completion of all degree requirements including six SLPs is necessary to meet North Carolina principal license (012, class P) and the North Carolina curriculum instructional specialist level 1 license (113, class S).

The MSA is designed to allow full-time or part-time study. Part-time students begin the program in the second term of summer and continue for six continuous semesters. Full-time students begin the program in the fall semester and continue for 3 more semesters.

Candidates for the MSA program should have an entry-level school license and a minimum of three years teaching/public school experience. For additional information concerning admission, contact the Department of Educational Leadership or view the departmental web site www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/leed/Admission.cfm.

The program consists of 42 s.h., including 27 s.h. of coursework and 15 s.h. of a year-long internship as follows:
Core: LEED 6901, 6902, 6903, 6904, 6905, 6906, 6907, 6908, 6909 - 27 s.h.
Internships (Choose one.) – 15 s.h.
Full-time: LEED 6926, 6929
Part-time: LEED 6921, 6922, 6924, 6925

Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision (EdS)

The educational specialist in administration and supervision degree (EdS) is a sixth-year post master’s degree which requires a minimum of 38 semester hours and is designed to prepare individuals for senior leadership positions in education. Program studies are adapted for the challenges of unique school district roles such as personnel administrator, curriculum supervisor, and directors of special program areas. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to upgrade previously held licenses. Individuals holding administration license (012, class P) are eligible for administrator II license (012, class AP) and superintendent license (011, class AS). Individuals holding supervision license (113, class S) are eligible for curriculum-instructional specialist II license (113, class AS).

Candidates for the EdS program should have a master’s degree and Level I licensure in administration or supervision. Three years of successful leadership experience is desirable for candidates applying to the EdS program. For additional information concerning admission, contact the Department of Educational Leadership or view the departmental web site.

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)

The doctor of education in educational leadership (EdD) degree is designed to develop skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems. Program studies include leadership theory, human resource development, organizational theory, policy analysis, planning studies, curriculum and instructional leadership, and political systems analysis. The degree prepares senior level administrators for leadership positions in public schools or in higher education. A minimum of 60-semester hours beyond a master’s degree is required. Requirements include a research-based dissertation completed under the direction of an appropriate faculty member, as well as a supervised internship experience.

Candidates seeking the EdD with a focus on public school administration must hold Level I licensure in administration or supervision. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to upgrade previously held licenses. Individuals holding administration license (012, class M or class AP) and/or (011, class AS) are eligible for (012, class DP) and superintendent license (011, class DS). Individuals holding supervision license (113, class S) are eligible for curriculum-instructional specialist (113, class D). Candidates seeking the EdD with a concentration in higher education administration are not required to hold a previous license and are not eligible for North Carolina license in administration or supervision upon completion of the program.

In addition, it is desirable for all candidates for the EdD program to have three years of successful leadership experience.

The degree requires 60 s.h. of credit as follows:
Core: LEED 8010, 8015, 8035, 8050; 8055 or 8056 - 15 s.h.
(LEED 8056 is required for higher education administration concentration)
Research: LEED 8410, 8420, 8430, 8440 - 12 s.h.
Concentration areas (Choose one.) - 21 s.h.
Pre K-12 administration:
LEED 8025; 6 s.h. chosen from LEED 8000 courses; 12 s.h. chosen in consultation with advisor.
Higher education administration:
LEED 8020, 8027, 8030, 8040, 8045, 8060; choose 3 s.h. in consultation with advisor.
Internship: LEED 8991, 8992 - 6 s.h.
Dissertation: LEED 9000 - 6 s.h.