Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership (LEED)!

LEED offers three degree programs: 

  • Master of School Administration (MSA)
  • Educational Specialist (EdS)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)

LEED also offers two non-degree licensure only programs:

  • Principal License (012)
  • Supervision License (113)

The Master of School Administration (MSA) is designed to prepare individuals to become school leaders. Program studies include a significant service-learning component.  ECU Faculty deliver MSA course content in an instructional environment that 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.

The MSA is offered in regional cohorts via a hybrid model as a part-time evening program for working professionals as well as a full-time, on campus program during the day.

The Educational Specialist (EdS) is a post master's degree delivered 100% online and is designed to prepare individuals for senior level educational leadership roles. Program studies are adapted for the challenges of unique district level roles such as personnel administrator, curriculum supervisor, and directors of special program areas. Upon completion, individuals may upgrade previously held administrator licenses as well as earn the North Carolina superintendent license.

The Doctor in Education (EdD) degree in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare administrators for senior level leadership roles in K-12 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. The EdD is delivered using a hybrid model.  Upon completion, individuals may upgrade previously held administrator licenses as well as earn the North Carolina superintendent license.

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ECU research group studying effects of school leadership secures $9.7M grant A group of East Carolina University researchers studying the effects of school leadership have secured a five-year, $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The study is led by primary investigator Matt Militello, the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor for ECU’s Department of Educational Leaderships in the College of Education. Militello is joined by co-investigators Len Annetta and Charity Cayton with the College of Education’s Department of Math, Science and Instructional Technology. “Innovate, Continue reading →

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NC New Teacher Support Program to Relocate to East Carolina University
The University of North Carolina System has announced that the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP) will relocate from the UNC System office to the campus of East Carolina University beginning this July. The NC NTSP is a comprehensive, university-based induction program offering a research-based curriculum and multiple services designed to promote teacher retention and improve the effectiveness of beginning teachers. The program provides intensive induction support aligned to each teacher’s individual needs, teaching assignment, and school environment. This move is part of Continue reading →

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Chambers named 2018 Carnegie Fellow
Dr. Crystal Chambers, College of Education Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2018. This prestigious award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York supports high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to some of the most pressing issues of our times. Chambers was one of 31 fellows selected, and will receive $200,000 to pursue the research initiative that earned her this honor, “Rural Students and College Choice — An Exploratory Analysis.” The goal of Continue reading →

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Students focus on College Readiness
Dr. Matthew Militello, Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, hosted a Community Learning Exchange with EJ Hayes Elementary School from Martin County at ECU Thursday, March 29. The 25 5th graders and their parents engaged in activities led by Militello, College R-E-D’s Travis Pickney, and EJ Hayes principal Dr. Larry Hodgkins. The exchanged focused on college readiness and College R-E-D’s 3 C’s: Cheerleader, Counselor, and Coach. The participants also toured campus and the ECU athletic facilities.