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Educational Leadership, Ed.S.

Become a leader and stay ahead of new developments in education by earning the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership with IU Online. This program is designed with ample opportunity for you to apply what you've learned in the classroom to solve real-world challenges.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 60

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

The IU Online Ed.S. in Educational Leadership prepares you to take on leadership roles in your school, district, or educational organization. In this program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge such as:

  • Applying your knowledge and skills to collaboratively lead, design, and implement a district mission, vision, and process.
  • Evaluate, design, cultivate, and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, data systems, supports, assessment, and instructional leadership.
  • Engage families, communities, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and advocate for district, student, and community needs.

As a student in the program, you’ll benefit from a career-focused program ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted to this program, you must have bachelor's degree.

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:

  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended (except Indiana University)
  • Statement of purpose (750-1000 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation on official letterhead from current administrators (may include vice-principals, principals, and superintendents) addressing applicant’s potential for leadership
  • Licensure information or documentation of at least two years of teaching experience

Application Dates:

Fall semester: August 1

Spring semester: January 1

Summer I semester: May 1

Summer II semester: June 15

Your IU Online Ed.S. in Educational Leadership prepares you for such careers as:

  • Director of education, academic director
  • Director of student services
  • Library director
  • Department chair
  • Health services director
  • Principal

Applicants with an advanced post-baccalaureate degree can apply up to 30 credit hours of coursework toward the requirements of this program. Applicants holding a post-baccalaureate degree from Indiana University may apply up to 36 credit hours.

To earn the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, you must complete 60 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Building-level administrator requirements (24 credit hours)
  • District-level administrator requirements (24 credit hours)
  • Electives (9 credit hours)
  • Leadership seminar (3 credit hours)

Core Classes for the EdS in Educational Leadership
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC-A 600 Problems in Educational Leadership 3 Credits
EDUC-A 615 Advanced School Law 3 Credits
EDUC-A 638 Public School Personnel Management 3 Credits
EDUC-A 639 Advanced School Districting Budget, Operations, and Facilities 3 Credits
EDUC-A 653 The Organizational Context of Education 3 Credits
EDUC-A 671 Planning and Change in Educational Organizations 3 Credits
EDUC-A 675 Leadership in Special Education 3 Credits
EDUC-A 677 Governance and Ethics 3 Credits
EDUC-A 682 Leading District Instructional Frameworks and Principal Supervision 3 Credits
EDUC-A 686 District and Community Relations 3 Credits

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