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The Department of Educational Leadership offers three degree programs and two licensure-only programs to prepare individuals for positions as educational leaders. The degree programs include the Master of School Administration (MSA); Educational Specialist (EdS); and Doctor of Education (EdD). The North Carolina licensure only programs include the Principal License and the Supervision License.

The Master of School Administration (MSA) degree is designed to prepare individuals to become school leaders. Program studies are aligned with the North Carolina School Executive (NCSE) standards and include strategic planning, problem solving, instructional leadership, managerial leadership, political analysis, organizational theory and development, and leadership skill application.

The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in educational administration and supervision is a sixth-year post master's degree which requires a minimum of 38 semester hours and is designed to prepare individuals for senior level 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 (North Carolina principal license 012, class P) are eligible for administrator II license (North Carolina principal license 012, class AP) and superintendent license (North Carolina superintendent license 011, class AS). Individuals holding supervision license (North Carolina curriculum instructional specialist level 2 113, class S) are eligible for curriculum-instructional specialist II license (North Carolina curriculum instructional specialist 113, class AS).

This program is delivered completely online in a cohort model.

The Doctor in Education (EdD) degree in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare administrators for senior level leadership positions in public schools or in higher education. This advanced level of preparation fosters the development of 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.

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.

 The Department of Educational Leadership offers 2 Licensure Only Programs in Educational Leadership.

North Carolina Principal Licensure Only

The Principal Licensure Only program is designed to prepare individuals to become school leaders. Program studies include strategic planning, problem solving, instructional leadership, managerial leadership, political analysis, organizational theory and development, and leadership skill application.

North Carolina Supervision Licensure Only

The Supervision Licensure Only program is designed to prepare individuals to become instructional school leaders. Program studies include teacher leadership, law, policy, and politics in education, instructional leadership, and communication with home, school, and community.

 There are several Fellowships and Scholarships available only to LEED students. Take a look at the LEED Scholarships page for complete information.

Dr. Grant Hayes

Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

On: 13 Apr 2015 21:15
Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University. Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998. He will join ECU, […]

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2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

On: 16 Mar 2015 20:01
The COE Research Committee is proud to announce the 2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase.  Please plan to attend and participate in this event on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00PM in Mendenhall 244. Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location:  Mendenhall room 244 Presenters and Research Studies: […]

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Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D.

CEO of the NJ Association of State Colleges & Universities to Speak to Students

On: 20 Feb 2015 16:59
On March 25th, the College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership will host Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., CEO of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU). The purpose of NJASCU  is to represent all state colleges of New Jersey outside of Rutgers before the NJ legislature and Governor Chris Christie. […]

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Dr. Robin Hamilton

LEED Alumna and Current Principal has Article Published

On: 16 Feb 2015 19:14
2014 LEED Graduate Dr. Robin Hamilton had an article published on February 16, 2015 in ASCD Express entitled, “Transformative Kindergarten Transition Practices.” The article discusses the impact the transition into kindergarten can make on their future academic and social success. It also discusses different transition practices that are currently used. Dr. Hamilton is currently the […]

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Crystal Chambers

Dr. Chambers Awarded the FSP Spring 2015 Arronette White Tuition Scholarship

On: 13 Feb 2015 19:28
This Spring, Dr. Crystal Chambers, of the Educational Leadership Department, will participate in the 2015 Faculty Success Program (FSP) sponsored by the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development (NCFDD). The purpose of the program is to support faculty towards increasing overall productivity while attaining a healthy work/life balance. Dr. Chambers is attending courtesy of […]

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