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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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Counselor Faculty Members Honored at Annual Conference
East Carolina University College of Education’s Dr. Scott Glass received The Ella Stephens Barrett Award at the North Carolina Counseling Association’s annual conference in Durham, NC on Feb. 1. The award is the highest honor given by NCCA and recognizes excellence in professional leadership and service to the counseling profession. Glass is the Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions at ECU, past president of the NCCA, review board member of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, ACA, NCCA, and group work division member for Continue reading →

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Rural Education Project Lands $999,751 Grant
Bringing computer science and computational thinking to rural school districts is the goal behind the iCS4All project, which the NSF recently awarded a $999,751 grant. The project, named Integrating the Computer Science for All Initiative in Three Rural Eastern NC School Districts (iCS4All), will be led by principal investigator Matt Militello, the ECU College of Education’s Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, co-principal investigator Martin Reardon, assistant professor in education leadership, and include partnerships with the ECU Department of Computer Science, and the Friday Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education hosts Annual Ceremony to Honor Scholarship Recipients, Donors
Video Slideshow from Donor and Scholarship Recipient Ceremony More than 100 students in the East Carolina University College of Education received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. For the 2017-18 academic year, more than $582,000 in merit and need-based scholarships were distributed to 102 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250-$20,000. Some of the awards are open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and Continue reading →

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Lenker Named Regional Superintendent of the Year
East Carolina University alumnus and Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker was named the 2017-2018 North Central Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance on June 27. Lenker was selected for the award by his fellow superintendents within the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance. Lenker received his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from ECU in 2006, and was appointed as the Pitt County Schools superintendent in July 2013. As superintendent, Lenker has proven to be a valuable partner for Continue reading →