Educational Leadership Specialist: Diploma Program Summary

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An educational leadership specialist diploma puts you on the fast track towards an administrative position in an educational setting. Typical coursework includes school district administration, school law and public school finance. Read on to learn more about this diploma program opportunity.
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What is an Educational Leadership Specialist Diploma?

The purpose of the educational leadership specialist diploma is to prepare an individual for an administrative position in a school setting. This diploma program will prepare you for the tasks and issues that are specific to the role of an educational leader.

Skills You Will Learn

To become a successful educational administrator, you will need to have strong communication skills and methods of dealing with disputes and other personnel problems. You will also need to have the skills that will enable you to satisfy the needs of teachers, students, and curriculum requirements. An additional component is learning about the legal and ethical issues that an educational leader needs to deal with.

Courses

In a typical educational leadership specialist program you will encounter the following courses:

  • School District Administration
  • School Law
  • Public School Finance
  • School Personnel Administration
  • School Organization

Why Get an Educational Leadership Specialist Diploma?

Only those with specific qualifications for educational leadership positions will be eligible for the best positions in the field. A diploma will show that you are well qualified to take on an administrative role in an educational setting.

What Can I Do with an Educational Leadership Specialist Diploma?

Those who graduate from this diploma program go on to be school district administrators, principals, assistant principals, deans, and college department heads.

Job Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that the demand for educational leadership employees will grow at least as fast as the national average until the year 2014. The median annual income for education administrators in 2004 was around $74,000.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Education: School Leadership
    Master's
      • MEd: Instructional Leadership
      • MEd: Instructional Leadership & Reading
      • MS: Instructional Design
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership
      • Ed.D. - Educational Leadership
      • Ed.D. - Organizational Leadership
      • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership
      • Ed.D. - Higher Education Leadership
  • Campus and Online Programs
    3. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Instructional Design and Technology
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
      • M.Ed. in Educational Administration
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Educational Leadership, M.Ed. without Licensure
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Alternative Licensing
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A.
    Bachelor's
      • Elementary Education, B.A. without Licensure
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
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    University of Pennsylvania

  • Nashville, TN

    Vanderbilt University

  • Gainesville, FL

    University of Florida

  • Boston, MA

    Boston University

Featured Schools

Saint Leo University

  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education: School Leadership
  • MEd: Instructional Leadership
  • MEd: Instructional Leadership & Reading

What is your highest level of education completed?

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership
  • Ed.D. - Educational Leadership
  • Ed.D. - Organizational Leadership

What is your highest level of education?

Full Sail University

  • MS - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Grand Canyon University

  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Educational Administration
  • B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado Christian University

  • Educational Leadership, M.Ed. without Licensure
  • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Alternative Licensing
  • Elementary Education, B.A. without Licensure

What is your highest level of education completed?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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