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Are you headed to the top of your field? Are you preparing to become a leader among professional educators?

The EdS degree in educational administration and supervision is a sixth-year post master's degree designed to prepare individuals for senior-level leadership positions in education. Program studies are adapted for the challenges of unique school district roles such as personnel administrator, curriculum supervisor, and directors of special program areas. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to upgrade previously held licenses.

ECU Advantage

For more than a century, East Carolina University has delivered the highest level of preparation to future educators. We understand the vital role they play in shaping the future of our state and nation. That’s why East Carolina produces more educators than any other school in the state.

That’s also the reason the ECU College of Education has taken steps to offer a variety of programs that will ensure the quality of educators graduating from ECU. On-campus preparation programs emphasize extensive clinical field experiences and technology integration. Distance education and alternative-licensure programs offer convenient ways for East Carolina to reach out and educate talented professionals looking to become the newest educators in North Carolina and beyond.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Marjorie Ringler (210 Ragsdale Hall; 252-328-4825; ringlerm@ecu.edu)

The educational specialist (EdS) degree in administration and supervision is a six-year post master's degree and is designed to prepare individuals for senior leadership positions in education. Program studies are adapted for the challenges of unique school district roles such as personnel administrator, curriculum supervisor, and directors of special program areas. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to upgrade previously held licenses. Individuals holding administration license (012, class P) are eligible for administrator II license (012, class AP) and superintendent license (011, class AS). Individuals holding supervision license (113, class S) are eligible for curriculum-instructional specialist II license (113, class AS).

The EdS program offers two concentrations - dual language immersion (DLI) administration and superintendent. Students completing the requirements for the dual language immersion (DLI) administration concentration may apply for a certificate. Please discuss this option with the certificate coordinator and complete the process for adding a certificate to a degree.

Candidates for the EdS program should have a master's degree and Level I licensure in administration or supervision. Three years of successful leadership experience is desirable for candidates applying to the EdS program. For additional information concerning admission, contact the Department of Educational Leadership (252-328-6135) or view the departmental website.

The educational administration and supervision degree requires 38 s.h. as follows:

Core - 18 s.h.
  • LEED 7408 - Public School Administration
  • LEED 7410 - Staff Personnel Problems
  • LEED 7415 - Introduction to Internal Evaluation in Education
  • LEED 7420 - Theories of Educational Administration
  • LEED 7460 - School and Community Cultures
  • LEED 7521 - Directed Readings in Educational Leadership
  • LEED 7522 - Directed Readings in Educational Leadership
Internships - 8 s.h.
  • LEED 7991 - Educational Leadership Level I
  • LEED 7993 - Educational Leadership Internship Level II
Concentrations - 12 s.h.

Choose one of the following:

    Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Administration:
    • LEED 7401 - Introduction to Leading Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Programs
    • LEED 7402 - Leading Content Area and Language Instruction in DLI Programs
    • LEED 7403 - Leading Cross-Cultural Competence in DLI Programs
    • LEED 7404 - Educational Supervision of DLI programs
    Superintendent:
    • LEED 7429 - Problems in Educational Supervision
    • LEED 7470 - School Business Management
    • LEED 7520 - Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (to be taken twice for a total of 6 s.h.)
For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Cntr/Prgm
  • Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
  • Education Administrators, Postsecondary
  • Education Administrators, All Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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