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. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
      • EDD: Educational Leadership
      • PHD: Higher Education Administration: Education Leadership
      • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • 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
      • Doctor of Education in Learning Analytics in K-12 Education
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Community College Leadership
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Higher Education Leadership & Management
      • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy
      • PhD in Education - Education Policy, Leadership & Management
      • PhD in Education - Higher Education Leadership, Management & Policy
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Administration & Leadership (For Administrators)
    Master's
      • MS in Education - Educational Leadership & Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)
      • MS in Education - Teacher Leadership (Grades K-12)
      • MS in Education - Self-Designed
      • MS in Education - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (Grades K-12)
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Purdue University Global

    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
    6. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Educational Leadership, M.Ed. without Licensure
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
      • Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Alternative Licensing
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A.
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Concordia University Portland

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Educational Leadership
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Technology Leadership
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Teacher Leadership
      • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Methods & Curriculum
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma

Featured Schools

Liberty University

  • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
  • EDD: Educational Leadership
  • PHD: Higher Education Administration: Education Leadership

What is your highest level of education?

Northcentral University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Community College Leadership
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Higher Education Leadership & Management
  • MS in Education - Educational Leadership & Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation)
  • MS in Education - Teacher Leadership (Grades K-12)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Full Sail University

  • MS - Instructional Design and Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • 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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Colorado Christian University

  • Educational Leadership, M.Ed. without Licensure
  • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
  • B.A. Elementary Education (Non-Licensure)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education

What is your highest level of education?

Concordia University Portland

  • M.S. - Educational Leadership
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Technology Leadership
  • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Teacher Leadership

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