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The Department of Educational Leadership (LEED) 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 MSA is offered in regional cohorts via a hybrid model as a part-time program. A full-time MSA program is offered on campus during the day.

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). The EdS is offered 100% online.

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. The EdD uses a hybrid model

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.

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COE alumna named Executive Director of Student Academic Success at NCCU
COE alumna Kesha T. Lee recently accepted the position of Executive Director of Student Academic Success at North Carolina Central University after serving as Director of Student Disability Services for the past eight years.  In her new role, Kesha will lead all retention and student success initiatives for first and second year students within the University College at NCCU.

ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

2016 Degree Ranking –
ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20
East Carolina University did extremely well in’s ranking of education degree programs, and have achieved top 20 status twice: 15th best Educational Leadership degree program in the U.S. of over 560 qualifying colleges. The Top 20 can be viewed here – 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 –’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

Chambers Awarded Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor
College of Education’s Dr. Crystal Chambers in the Department of Educational Leadership was selected as this year’s winners of the 4th Annual ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. These two awardees were recognized during Research and Creative Activities Week. Students and faculty colleagues nominated many outstanding individuals. A selection committee of faculty and students reviewed nomination materials and awardees were selected based on evidence of success as mentors, which was demonstrated in the nomination letters, and the nominees’ mentoring statements. Dr. Chambers recognized for her Continue reading →