Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership

The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is an advanced degree of 33 credit hours beyond a Master’s Degree. The educational specialist degree is designed for professional educators involved in education and schooling who already hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to either non-licensure or certification leadership positions.* Successful candidates may desire to continue to complete a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.).

* Applicants are encouraged to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed.  Belhaven University does not guarantee that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certification or endorsements within all states other than Mississippi.

  • 33 credit hours
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates

Admission Information

Applicants will be evaluated to determine those who possess the personal qualities and dispositions, academic acumen, and professional experiences to suggest a compelling potential for success as doctoral candidate and to advance as educational leaders. The following information will be required to complete an applicant’s Application Portfolio:

  • Have an earned master’s degree in education or related field, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay identifying and describing a contemporary educational trend or issue and its associated challenges and impact on the field of education. In a 3-5 page essay, describe why the trend or issue is significant and worthy of research. The essay is to be completed in APA format.
  • Submission of three professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of documentation of a minimum of three years’ experience in a PK-12 education context.
  • * Submission of Millers Analogy Test scores or Graduate Record examination scores (less than five years old).
  • Completed and signed copy of the Candidate Request Form for Intern Mentoring Supervisor.
  • Copy of their current standard teaching license.

*Due to testing limitations related to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Belhaven is temporarily waiving the MAT/GRE test requirement. This temporary waiver applies to summer 2020 and fall 2020 applicants.

These rates are for August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Graduate MED/MSA/EdS/EdD $535
Grad. Certificate - Sports Admin. $535
Graduate Military – currently serving $375
Graduate Military – Veteran or Spouse $428

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We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.