The Indiana Wesleyan University Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) is a degree and licensure program leading to Indiana's P-12 district level administrator's license. The program identifies outcomes and expectations based on current school leadership principles and practices and enables interns to engage in inquiry, research, dialogue, team learning, reflection, problem-based learning, collaboration, and standards-based assessment from a comprehensive P-12 perspective. The program is aligned to Indiana's Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) for district administrators and also aligned to the national Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards. 


Candidates will develop and demonstrate proficiency through a variety of field experience activities and performance assessments. The culminating research-based thesis and district administrator internship reflect a standards-based emphasis and will prepare candidates to pass Indiana's administrator’s license exam. The educational specialist program curriculum is 60 credit hours (a 30-credit-hour foundation of elective courses, which may be applied from credits if you have completed a Master's in education, and 30 credit hours as prescribed by the program of study).


Indiana Wesleyan University focuses on providing the right atmosphere for adult graduate students with their degree completion objectives. If you are seeking an Ed.S. program in Indiana, our program provides a clinical and school-based adult learning experience for aspiring school district leaders by encouraging, empowering, and equipping them as visionary servant-leaders. You can earn your specialist in education degree at either our Indianapolis, IN, campus or Merrillville campus. You must be able to facilitate a culture of optimal social, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being; continuous improvement; and successful learning for all students and adults.

The Department of Educational Administration has aligned all program and course outcomes to Indiana's REPA standards for the P-12 District Administrator License. These standards include:

Standard 1: Human Capital Management School district leaders use their role as human capital manager to drive improvements in building leader effectiveness and student achievement.

Standard 2: Instructional Leadership School district leaders are acutely focused on effective teaching and learning, possess a deep and comprehensive understanding of best instructional practices, and continuously promote activities that contribute to the academic success of all students.

Standard 3: Personal Behavior School district leaders model personal behavior that sets the tone for all student and adult relationships in the district.

Standard 4: Building Relationships School district leaders build relationships to ensure that all key stakeholders work effectively with each other to achieve transformative results.

Standard 5: Culture of Achievement School district leaders develop a districtwide culture of achievement aligned to the district's vision of success for every student.

Standard 6: Organizational, Operational, and Resource Management School district leaders leverage organizational, operational, and resource management skills to support district improvement and achieve desired educational outcomes.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312-263-0456). The professional education unit at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036 (202-466-7496), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of other professional school personnel (e.g., superintendents). The Educational Specialist degree program is approved by the Indiana Department of Education and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC).

If you are interested in learning more about earning your advanced terminal degree from our school of educational leadership at a Christian university, call 866-498-4968 for more information about this adult education program.

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