Education Specialist
Educational Leadership

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Overview of the Online Educational Leadership 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

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You’ll Learn To…

  • 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

Career Options

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


30 Total
$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


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


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.



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 master's degree in education (or related field) 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.
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate-level courses from master’s degree-granting institution.
  • Minimum of three years of experience at an educational organization or related field.
  • Present at least two letters of recommendation.

  • Successfully complete the curriculum.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


The Education Specialist - Educational 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.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024