Educational Specialist with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Ed.S. is unique to the field of education, a postgraduate degree somewhere between a master’s and a doctorate. Students pursue a doctorate to obtain the highest level in their area. The Ed. S. is not a doctorate and requires about half the credits. Ed. S. students are those that want to gain skills for a particular type of job (e.g., principal, superintendent, director of educational technology).

What makes for a successful leader in education?

Purdue specific outcomes and program highlights: 

  • Distinguish yourself in the education industry with a superior credential from an institution with worldwide recognition and impact.
  • Learn tools & highly relevant techniques for leading K-12 schools.
  • Advance and network with an experienced and motivated peer group for mutual support, team exercises, and enhanced learning. 
  • Learn educational leadership practices and how to be applicable in working with individuals.
  • Designed for working professionals to provide the needed flexibility without interfering with your career.
  • Opportunity to engage with faculty with expertise in the area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Why choose Purdue’s Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies?

The Ed.S. degree in Educational Studies with a concentration in Educational Leadership is a post-master’s degree program designed to advance the career of building level school administrators and prepare them for a district level leadership role.  The degree is coordinated with the requirements for the Indiana District Level Administrator license.  A cohort is admitted each fall semester. Coursework for the Ed.S. and licensure will be completed in 2.5 years. The program uses a hybrid model of campus meetings two Saturdays per semester, video conferencing (WebEx) and online (Brightspace) technologies. 



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Purdue quality. Flexible schedule.

The Ed Specialist degree has a hybrid delivery mode.  Students meet on campus two times per semester.  Hybrid students enjoy the same rigorous academic programs as on-campus students, but with a much more flexible class schedule.

Advancing your degree beyond Ed.S.

Purdue University believes in stackable credentials.  Should you choose to pursue a Ph.D degree in Educational Studies with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, you will be able to use 30 credit hours from the Ed.S. degree (earned at the Purdue West Lafayette campus only) towards the Ph.D degree.

Application Deadline: May 30th
Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review (TECR) Request Deadline: April 30th

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This program leads to an Indiana Administration Initial Practitioner license. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at before continuing with program application.

Career Outlook

An Ed. S. is designed in many areas of concentration but are mostly designed for K-12 educators.  Positions are available in public, charter, and private schools.

Educational specialists evaluate and provide recommendations to improve curriculum planning, individual lessons, and teaching methods at one or more grade levels. They also help coordinate and communicate expectations and progress among students’ parents/guardians, guidance counselors and teachers.

Job Titles

  • District Administrator
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Education Consultant
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Academic Advisor

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