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. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Higher Education - College Admin./Leadership
      • Master: Education (for Practicing Teachers: K-12)
      • Master: Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers: Grades 5-12)
      • Master: Higher Education - College Teaching/Learning
  • Online Programs Available
    2. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    3. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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
    Master's
      • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
      • M.Ed. - Instructional Leadership
      • M.Ed. - Organizational Leadership
      • M.Ed. - Higher Education Leadership
      • M.Ed. - Corporate Wellness
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership
      • Education Specialist - Educational Leadership
      • Education Specialist - Leadership in Higher Education
      • Education Specialist - Global Training and Development
      • Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Education Specialist - E-Learning
  • Online Programs Available
    5. University of the Southwest

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSEd: Educational Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Educational Leadership (Ed. D.)
      • Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Education
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Instructional Design and Technology
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Leadership Studies
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
    10. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master: Higher Education - College Admin./Leadership
  • Master: Education (for Practicing Teachers: K-12)
  • Master: Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers: Grades 5-12)

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The George Washington University

  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning
  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership

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American University

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership

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University of the Southwest

  • MSEd: Educational Admin

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Trident University

  • Educational Leadership (Ed. D.)
  • Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Arts in Education

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Full Sail University

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

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Regent University

  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Leadership Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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