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Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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Office: (248) 370-4566
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School of Education and Human Services
Department of Organizational Leadership

Program Co-Coordinators:
Dr. Caryn Wells, Ph.D.
480 H Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3072

Dr. Christine Abbott, Ph.D.
480 A Pawley Hall

Education Specialist in Leadership


Education Specialist in Leadership


The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in 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 with a K-12 Building Level Endorsement. Twenty-eight (28) credits earned in the Ed.S. program can be applied toward Oakland University’s Ph.D. in Education. Twenty (20) credits earned in the Ed.S. program can be applied toward Oakland University's Ed.D in Leadership.

Benefits of this Program Include:
  • Convenient class schedule/format, designed for busy professionals
  • Can be completed in 22-months or less
  • 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 school principal
  • Gain extensive experience (via internship) in preparation for a front line administrative position as an informed and reflective educational leader
Program Goals:

The Ed.S. program in 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. 
Admissions Criteria
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Evidence of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from accredited institution
  • Recommendations from two supervisors
  • Goal statement and curriculum vitae
How to Apply

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

  1. Download an Application Packet
  2. Complete the online graduate application by clicking on the APPLY NOW button.

Application Type: Grad - Education Specialist

Planned Course of Study: Education Specialist in Leadership -100% Online