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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Educational Leadership (SAS)

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Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
CIP Code: 13.0401
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Education
Educational Leadership Department (ELS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Joyce Haines
Phone: 813-974-9574
Email: jghaines@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/edlead/specialist.html


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List


Major Information

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership degree program is designed for experienced administrators seeking to develop their capacity to lead "turnaround" or lower performing schools. Coursework in this program is specifically designed in consultation with leadership development personnel and District-level Administrators in partnering school districts.

Students in this degree program develop their ability to make student-centered decisions through integration of rigorous analysis of theory, research, and exemplary practices. An appreciative inquiry orientation and applied capstone project enables candidates to work in teams. These teams develop an improvement report and intervention plan based on analysis of literature related to: school improvement and turnaround strategies: informed and responsible use of school data, including climate and culture inventories; ethical, political, cultural and critical perspectives on school sustainable school leadership; asset-based approaches to school improvement; and knowledge of effective program models or cases.

For individuals interested in the Florida Educational Leadership Certification, please see the M.Ed. degree program. For those interested in a research-focused degree, please see the Ph.D. degree program. Courses taken in the Ed.S. degree program may be able to be transferred into the Ed.D. in Educational Program Development - Educational Innovation if students apply for and are accepted before ending their Ed.S. program of study. Please consult the program coordinator for further information.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: ---
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Applicants should contact the Program Advisor prior to applying to Graduate Admissions. Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission to the Education Specialist program occurs one time per year for the spring semester. Admission is based on a comprehensive evaluation of each applicant's demonstrated academic potential to successfully complete all of the degree requirements. The process for admission to the degree program is often coordinated with partnering school districts. Interested applicants should contact the Program Coordinator for further information.

Preferred applicants should have:

  • An earned master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • An earned grade point average of 3.50 in the master's degree and an earned undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 in the last half of the undergraduate degree program.

Applicants will also submit:

  • A statement of purpose for pursuing the Ed.S. degree program).
  • Three letters of recommendation from people knowledgeable about the applicant's academic and professional competence.
  • Current vita/resume.
  • As applicable to a particular cohort, other relevant information may be required as developed in coordination with partnering school districts. Contact the Program Coordinator for further information.

    Admissions Status: Apply
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    Major Requirements

    Total Minimum Hours 30 hours

    Area A: Required 7000 Level Courses (15 hours)
    EDA 72063Appreciative Inquiry and Organizing inPublic Education
    EDA 70693Ethics in Educational Leadership
    EDA 76923Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
    EDA 72153Educational Politics and Engagement of Commmunities
    EDA 71973Current Readings and Discourse in Educational Leadership

    Area B: Required 6000 level courses (9 hours)
    EDA 61063Administrative Analysis and Change
    EDA 62133Culturally Relevant Leadership
    Select one of the following:
    EDA 69313Case Studies in School Administration
    EDA 6271 3Data-based Decision Making Strategies for Educational Leaders

    Area C: Capstone Project (6 hours)
    EDG 69753Project: Master/Specialist
    EDG 69753Project: Master/Specialist

    Comprehensive Exam
    Students will be required to develop and defend a capstone research project proposal.

    Capstone Project
    Students will complete a capstone project, in which they identify and analyze educational problems and opportunities in their school system environment and apply concepts developed in the program in order to provide solutions to problems of practice.

    Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.


    College Degree Requirements

    Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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    Financial Assistance


    Financial Aid

    Fellowships & Scholarships

    Graduate Assistantships

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    Registration Process

    First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

    To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

    New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

    Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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    Graduate Course Information

    Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

    EDA7222, EDA7233, EDA7247, EDS7130, EDG7667, EDG7692, EDA6971,