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
      • EDD: School Leadership
      • EDD: School Leadership
    Master's
      • MEd: Educational Leadership
      • MEd: Instructional Leadership
      • MEd: Instructional Leadership & Reading
      • MEd: Exceptional Student Education
      • MS: Instructional Design
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Behavioral Health
      • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education Leadership
      • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership in - K-12 Leadership
      • EdS in K-12 Leadership
    Master's
      • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
      • M.Ed. in Educational Administration
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
      • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
      • 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
    3. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Instructional Design and Technology
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education - Advanced Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Education - Exceptional Education Executive Leadership
      • Doctor of Education - Higher Education Leadership & Management
      • Doctor of Education - K-12 School Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Education - Advanced Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Education - Exceptional Education Executive Leadership
    Master's
      • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leader
      • M.Ed. in Leadership in Mathematics Education
      • M.Ed. in Christian School Administration
      • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - Admin & Supervision (preK-12)
      • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program
      • M.Ed. in Student Affairs
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Leadership Studies
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Philadelphia, PA

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Nashville, TN

    Vanderbilt University

  • Gainesville, FL

    University of Florida

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Saint Leo University

  • EDD: School Leadership
  • MEd: Educational Leadership
  • MEd: Instructional Leadership

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Grand Canyon University

  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Behavioral Health
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)

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American University

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

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Colorado Christian University

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

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Full Sail University

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

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Regent University

  • Doctor of Education - Advanced Educational Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leader
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Leadership Studies

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