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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Ed.S. Degree is an advanced graduate degree between the masters degree and the doctorate. The Ed.S. Provided experienced professional educators with an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in areas of special needs and interest. Graduates of the Ed.S. 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. 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 Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS); the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: May 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: ---
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 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. Applicants must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Ed.S. 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. Program requires a commitment to utilizing rigorous inquiry, applying appropriate research methods, and developing strong analytical and writing skills. The program 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:

  • An earned masters degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • An 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


Program Degree 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.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


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,