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Advanced Studies in Leadership

Online Education Specialist Degree

The Online Education Specialist Degree is meticulously crafted to prepare educators, and other educational professionals for impactful roles in leadership. To qualify for this specialist degree, applicants must possess a Master's Degree in Education or a related educational field, along with meeting the specific program requirements. This degree program is tailored to allow candidates to specialize in the intricate leadership realm of general school administration, special education, or career and technical education. This specialization is achieved through a range of elective courses and individualized study options, ensuring that each candidate's unique educational needs are met.

Upon completing this program, graduates emerge equipped with the knowledge, skills, and strategies essential for success in a variety of roles, encompassing:

  • School District Leadership Positions including central office personnel, superintendent, or special education director
  • Higher Education Leadership Roles within Universities, Community Colleges, or Technical Schools
  • Pursuit of Doctoral Studies in Leadership, Special Education, or a Related Field

The program offers valuable internship opportunities, incorporating practical experiences and practica into the coursework. Assignments are thoughtfully structured to be completed in the candidate's own educational context, whether within their district or on a university or community college campus. Research courses within the program emphasize action research principles, empowering educational leaders to focus on pertinent questions or topics that drive improvements in education quality and services within their district or program area. This program is your pathway to becoming a dynamic force in the field of leadership.

Emphases available

Develop advanced knowledge and skills in special education. Learn about assessment, intervention, and support services for students with disabilities, and gain the skills to work effectively with individuals, families, and communities affected by disabilities. This program will prepare you for a leadership role in special education, where you can make a positive impact on the lives of students with disabilities and contribute to the growth of your community.

Prepare for a leadership role in educational administration with a focus on general school administration. Learn about leadership theories, personnel management, curriculum development, school law, and finance, and gain the skills to lead a school or district to success. This program will prepare you for a leadership role in education, where you can make a positive impact on the lives of students, teachers, and communities.

Develop the expertise to lead and teach in career and technical education settings. Learn about curriculum development, assessment, instructional strategies, and leadership skills specific to career and technical education. Gain the skills to design and implement effective career and technical education programs that prepare students for success in the workforce. This program will prepare you to become a leader in career and technical education, where you can make a positive impact on the lives of students and contribute to the growth of your community.

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