Online Education Specialist
District Level Leadership

Next Start

Online

10
Courses

18+
Months

Overview of the Online District Level Leadership Program

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is designed to propel you to a District Level Administrator License in the state of Indiana, and it is offered as a Non-Licensure option. In this program, you’ll build critical skills for leadership by engaging in collaborative learning, dialogue, reflection, research and assessment. The major in district level leadership specifically focuses your studies on operational issues like building grounds, finance, budgets, curriculum and assessment.

  • 100% online learning
  • Aligns with new National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards
  • Practice real school leadership projects with current school leaders
  • 30 credit hours

You’ll Learn To…

  • Create a shared district vision, mission, values, goals, and culture of continuous improvement
  • Evaluate programs and develop strategies that involve the right people in the improvement process
  • Develop better policy that benefits students, staff and communities
  • Build relationships that engage parents and community members in the learning process
  • Integrate your faith in your leadership career and coursework

Career Options

  • Superintendent
  • District Administrator
  • Curriculum Administrator
  • Higher Education

TUITION

CREDIT HOURS
30 Total
TUITION
$559/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing iwuenroll@indwes.edu.

FINANCIAL AID

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

COURSES

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

10 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.

EDL-702,EDL-703,EDL-704,EDL-706,EDL-708,EDL-710,EDL-712,EDL-714,EDL-716,EDL-718

REQUIREMENTS

Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • 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 (USDoE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The degree must be verified on official transcripts and sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate-level courses from master’s degree-granting institution.
  • Submit experience verification letter(s) signed by an employer on letterhead stating position and at least three years of instructional experience.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.
  • Licensure Track:
    • Currently employed by or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school corporation in which a superintendent (or other central office administrator who holds a superintendent’s license) is willing to serve as a mentor for the internship phase of the program. -- Submission of a completed internship agreement form with an appropriate central office administrator signature will be required prior to the beginning of the program.
    • Hold a current, proficient practitioner teaching or administrator license issued by any state in the United States.
    • Present at least three letters of recommendation; one must be from the current superintendent in the district or corporation in which the candidate is employed.
  • Non-Licensure Track:
    • Currently employed by or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school in which a superintendent or school administrator is willing to serve as a mentor for the internship phase of the program. -- Submission of a completed internship agreement form with an appropriate administrator will be required prior to the beginning of the program.
    • Hold a current teaching license.
    • Present at least three letters of recommendation; one must be from the current superintendent or highest administrator in the school in which the candidate is employed.

  • Successfully complete all courses and a six month internship.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Provide evidence of a passing score for the Indiana licensure exam for District-level Administration (licensure track only).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma (and be recommended for licensure- licensure track only).

Clinical Requirements

All Ed.S. candidates must complete a three-credit-hour Internship spanning six months in accordance with NELP Standard requirements. Candidates should anticipate paying an additional clinical experience fee during EDL 718 to remunerate the services of a mentor.

All candidates must secure an Internship Mentor at the school district in which they are currently leading or teaching.

Licensure Track: The mentor administrator must have a superintendent's license and be able to attend scheduled video conferences with the university professor. The Internship Mentor will work with the candidate throughout the course of the Internship to provide real-world district-level leadership opportunities.

Non-Licensure Track: The mentor administrator must be a current head of school and be able to attend scheduled video conferences with the internship professor. The Internship Mentor will work with the candidate throughout the course of the Internship.

START DATES

The Education Specialist - District Level Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

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

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023