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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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:
William Black
Phone: 813-974-6097
Email: wrblack@usf.edu

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


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List


Major Information

The Ed.S. Degree is an advanced graduate degree between the masters degree and the doctorate. The Ed.S. providesexperienced professional educators with an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in areas of special needs and interest. Graduates of the Ed.S. degree program may go into a wide range of administrative leadership and professional development roles in K-12 schools, including many district-level positions. The Ed.S. degree program supports university-district partnerships and can be tailored to meet needs of partnering school districts or other educational entities.

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: May 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

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 requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission to the Ed.S. degree Program is based on a holistic evaluation of each applicants demonstrated academic potential to complete all of the degree requirements successfully. Success in the Ed.S. degree program requires a commitment to utilizing rigorous inquiry, applying appropriate research methods, and developing strong analytical and writing skills. The graduate faculty will consider each applicant within the context defined by her or his personal and professional qualifications. Applicants meeting a set of initial criteria will be asked to submit a writing sample and complete an oral interview.

Preferred Applicants should have the following:

  • Have earned a Masters degree from an accredited institution of higher educationAn earned grade point average of 3.50 in their masters degree and an earned undergraduate GPA of 3.00 in the last half of the baccalaureate
  • A statement of purpose
  • A current resume or CV
  • Writing sample based on a DELPs prompt
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicants academic and professional competence

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours 30 hours

Area A: Required 7000 Level Courses (15 hours)

EDA 7206 (3) Appreciative Inquiry and Organizing inPublic Education
EDA 7069(3) Ethics in Educational Leadership
EDA 7692 (3) Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
EDA 7215 (3) Educational Politics and Engagement of Commmunities
EDA 7281 (3) Policy Analysis and Implementation Strategies

Area B: Required 6000 level courses (9 hours)

EDA 6931 (3) Case Studines in School Administration
EDA 6106 (3) Administrative Analysis and Change
EDA 6213 (3) Culturally Relevant Leadership

Area C: Thesis/Capston Project (6 hours)
EDA 6971 (2) A: Thesis/Capstone Project
EDA 6971 (2) B: Thesis/Capstone Project

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

Capstone Thesis
EDA 7971 (6) Thesis
For the Ed.S., student s will complete a capstone project, in which they are called upon to 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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USF Degree Requirements

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http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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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,