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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

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

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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).  

Oakland County Locations
Bloomfield Location
Bloomfield, MI
(Meeting room varies)

Troy Location
MSU Management Education Center
811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098

Genesee County Location
Grand Blanc Community Schools
Grand Blanc, MI  48439

Macomb County Location
Macomb Intermediate School District
44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Twp, MI  

Fully Online Program

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

For the fully online program: Download an Application Packet
For all other locations:

Oakland & Genesee County: Download an Application Packet
Macomb County:
Download an Application Packet

Complete the free online graduate application by clicking on the button below:

Application Type: Grad - Education Specialist

Planned Course of Study: Please select one of the following:
  • Education Specialist in Leadership -100% Online (For fully online program)
  • Education Specialist in Leadership (For all other off-campus programs)

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

Oakland County Locations
Jasmine Bailey, Project Manager
(248) 370-3143 phone   |   (248) 370-4961 fax         

Online & Macomb County Locations
Daniel Arnold, Program Site Coordinator
(586) 226-8462 phone  |   (586) 226-8463 fax

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Are you unable to make an information session?  

Click here to download an informational PowerPoint that will provide you with current program details, format, outcomes, and admission requirements.