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Education Specialist - Educational Leadership

“We’re not just interested in helping people find a better job. We want them to find a cause they believe in.”

- Dr. David Wright, President


About the Program


The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a pathway that can lead both to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and a leadership career in the field of education. It is specifically designed for students who are interested in educational leadership positions. The major in educational leadership allows you to start working toward your personal leadership goals through a project that gives you hands-on experience in the area that interests you most.

  • 100% online learning
  • Approximately 22 months to completion
  • Practical, applicable coursework that prepares you for tomorrow’s educational environment

  • Apply the most effective models of leadership to the educational environment
  • Spur organizational change and communicate to a diverse audience
  • Leverage research, theories and practices to create strategic, culturally-responsive plans
  • Integrate your faith and practice integrity, fairness, and ethical decision-making
  • Be an effective collaborator, team-builder and mediator

  • Director of Training & Professional Development
  • Community Engagement Director
  • Technology Director
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Museum Education Program Planner

Mean Market Salary in the US, 2018

$76,566 (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl) 

Projected growth for education administrator jobs in the US

6.9% (Bureau of Labor Statistics)



Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.


Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
30 Total $559 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

30 credit hours for financial aid represent the Ed.S. Program of Study only.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. . The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if a student withdraws from the program and restarts in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

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Below are the lists of requirements for the Education Specialist with a major in Educational Leadership program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

To meet the admission requirements for this specialist degree program, candidates must:

  1. Have completed a master's degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The degree must be verified on official transcripts and sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  2. Have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate-level courses from master’s degree-granting institution.
  3. Have a minimum of three years of experience at an educational organization or related field.
  4. Present at least two letters of recommendation. 

Graduation Requirements

To complete the Ed.S. degree, candidates must:

  1. Successfully complete the curriculum.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  3. Candidates must pay all tuition and fees to receive a diploma.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application
    Apply online at indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts
    College: Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution and any graduate work if IWU is accepting transfer credits. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades. Note: Additional third-party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases an internal international transcript evaluation can be done.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Education Specialist with a major in Educational Leadership program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.