Educational Specialist Degree
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About the Program
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 district administrator exam.
The program curriculum is 60 credit hours (a 30 credit hour foundation of elective courses, which may be applied from an existing master’s degree in education and 30 credit hours as prescribed by the program of study).
NOTE: Non-Indiana candidates need to contact their respective state licensing agencies to review necessary requirements to obtain a District Level Administrator’s (Superintendent’s) license.
The Educational Specialist Degree 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 who model Christlikeness. They 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, 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.
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.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|30 Total||$538 / credit hour|
* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
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.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. 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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FOUNDATION (30 hours)
30 credit hours required in education (which may be applied from an existing master's degree in education)
IWU’s Ed.S. degree is a 60 credit hour program, consisting of 30 credit hours of foundational EDU credits (which may be transferred in) and 30 credit hours from IWU.
Below are the lists of requirements for the Education Specialist Degree 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.
- Have completed a master's degree in education from a regionally accredited body.
- Be 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 with an appropriate central office administrator will be required prior to the start of the internship phase.
- Hold a proficient or accomplished practitioner teaching license issued by the state of Indiana.
- Have a minimum of three years teaching experience.
- Present at least three letters of recommendation; at least one must be from a sitting central office administrator.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in graduate-level courses.
- A minimum grade of "B-" in all courses
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
- Successful completion and oral presentation of the portfolio and defense of the thesis
- Successful completion of the Educational Specialist Degree program.
- Successful completion of Indiana's district administrator exam
- Successful completion of all other requirements of the state of Indiana
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Additional Steps to Apply
High School: Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework or applicants who are applying to the certificate program are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.
College: Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope 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.
2. Copy of License
Submit a copy of your current teaching license.
3. Letters of Recommendation
Present at least three letters of professional reference. At least one must be from a current school district administrator.
4. TOEFL Scores
Submit a copy of your TOEFL scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, visit www.toefl.org.
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Adult Enrollment Services
1900 W. 50th St.
Marion, IN 46953
Please contact your program representative if you have any questions.
Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Educational Specialist Degree program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.