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Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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Multiple Office and Class Locations

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Education Specialist in Leadership with K-12 Administrator Certificate


The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in (K-12) Leadership is a 34 credit, cohort-structured, post-master’s degree program designed for individuals who are looking to further their education and aspire to positions in education administration. The curriculum is relevant — aligning instruction with the true experience in leadership — and connects with current issues in K-12 education. 

Students are recommended for the Administrator Certificate (Building Level). Twenty-eight credits earned in the Ed.S. program can be applied toward Oakland University’s Ph.D. in Education.  Classes are taught  with face-to-face, hybrid, and 100% online cohort modules available.

  • Convenient class schedule/format, designed for busy professionals
  • Can be completed in 22-months
  • Experienced administrators and area specialists teach all courses
  • Customize your research, mentorship, and internship
  • Michigan Department of Education approved
  • Nationally recognized by the National Policy Board of Education Administration (NPB) and the Education Leadership Constituent Counsel (ELCC)
  • Knowledge of all the important aspects of school administration
  • Increased career options as a principal or school administrator
  • Gain extensive experience (via internship) in preparation for a front line administrative position as an informed and reflective educational leader

The Ed.S. program in Educational Leadership goals are designed to prepare leaders for the challenges inherent in school leadership, specifically to:
  • Prepare transformational leaders who can build a school culture and vision to ensure success for every student;
  • Create and sustain social justice;
  • Use data and research to inform practice;
  • Build capacity for teachers to work as leaders in the schools;
  • Prepare students for a knowledge economy.

See catalog: Education Specialist in Leadership

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Evidence of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from accredited institution
  • Recommendations from two supervisors
  • Goal statement and curriculum vitae

The Ed.S. program in Educational Leadership offers courses that are designed for practitioners. The course sequence includes action research, field experiences, assignments that are embedded in authentic educational settings, and an internship with a mentor for two years.



EA 7720 School as a Formal Organization - 4 credits
EA 7730 Program Assessment - 2 credits

EA 7740 Curriculum and Staff Development - 4 credits
EA 7750 Testing, Measurement, and Data Analysis - 2 credits

Summer I
ED 7940 Seminar on School and Community Development - 2 credits
EA 7950 Internship Experience I - 1 credit

Summer 2
EA 7780 Educational Law - 4 credits



EA 8820 Human Resource Management and Supervision - 4 credits
EA 7995 Action Research I - 2 credits


EA 8840 School Business Management - 4 credits
EA 8995 Action Research II - 2 credits

Summer I

EA 8940 Professional Seminar - 2 credits
EA 8950 Internship Experience II - 1 credit


Displayed below are all of the current locations offered for the Ed.S. in Leadership with MI K-12 Administrator Certificate program.  Students are encouraged to apply for their preferred location (residence in a specific county is not required).  


Doyle Center
7273 Wing Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301

Macomb University Center (MUC)
44575 Garfield Road

Clinton Township, MI 48038
How to

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packet for your preferred location:

Complete the free online graduate application:

Select Application type: "I am interested in the Education Specialist program"
Academic Plans:

Education Specialist in Leadership (for all hybrid locations)
Education Specialist in Leadership - 100% Online (for online program)

If you have any other questions, please contact the appropriate program site coordinator below:

Donna Rich, Administrative Project Coordinator
(248) 370-4170 phone   |   (248) 370-4961 fax