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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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College of Education online graduate education programs highest ranked in North Carolina
GREENVILLE, N.C. (1/10/2017) – East Carolina University’s online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs have been recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. ECU’s online graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education and nursing as well as the online bachelor’s degrees are listed in U.S. News 2017 Best Online Programs announced Jan. 10. ECU’s online criminal justice graduate program placed the highest in North Carolina and tied for 15 out of 55 schools ranked. Dr. William Bloss, professor and chair of the Continue reading →

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ECU launches international online educational doctorate
Dec. 29, 2016 By Jackie Drake ECU News Services Educators around the world face many of the same difficulties when pursuing advanced degrees, like completing their research and dissertation while working, but East Carolina University now provides a unique solution. Earlier this year, the ECU College of Education launched a new program – the only one of its kind – where educators can earn their doctorate in educational leadership online in just three years, including the dissertation. Nationally, less than 40 percent of educators complete Continue reading →

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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.