The Department of Educational Leadership Studies offers programs leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed) degree, the Specialist in Education (Ed.S) degree, and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree in Educational Leadership Studies. These programs are designed to prepare candidates for leadership positions in P-12 schools and other educational agencies or for the professorship in educational administration. The department has participated in a Cooperative Doctoral Program with four regional comprehensive universities and may continue as needed.
The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership Studies is a degree program with an option for certification as a school principal in Kentucky. The certification program requires 33 hours of coursework and leads to a letter of eligibility for the Instructional Leader, School Principalship, All Grades professional certificate. Students may achieve Rank II (initial master’s degree) or Rank I (30 credit hours beyond initial master’s degree) designations through this MEd program. Courses in the MEd program may require students to complete field-based assignments in schools or with the support of a practicing administrator.
The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership Studies offers a practice-oriented, academic program intended to serve two interrelated and complementary purposes: 1. To provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop specialized expertise in the area of educational leadership with a focus on school administration and instructional supervision; and 2. To provide those professional educators who desire it, a bridge from their master’s-level academic work to doctoral-level study in a specialized area of educational administration and supervision.
The Department of Educational Leadership Studies offers the Doctor of Education (EdD) with emphasis on preparing scholar-practitioners to assume leadership in diverse educational settings. Each student develops a program of study with three essential elements: (1) the core curriculum; (2) a program major emphasis; and (3) a research sequence. Program content and experiences integrate leadership theory and its application, learning organizations, educational improvement and innovation, educational technology, comparison of educational leadership practiced locally and internationally, economics of education, law and policy, research methods for educational leader, and leadership development of self and others.
Dr. Justin Bathon
Director Graduate Studies
Department of Educational Leadership Studiesjustin.email@example.com
College of Education
111 Dickey Hall
Lexington KY 40506
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