Graduate Programs


Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Studies with a concentration 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.

Advancing your degree beyond Ed.S
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.

June 30th is the application deadline for this program.


Program Requirements

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The Ed.S.program with licensure involves 39 credit hours of graduate coursework. Applicants are expected to have earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and/or hold a principal’s license. Students are expected to attend all courses and internships in sequence throughout the program.

Required core courses (30 credit hours)

  • EDST 51300 – Educational Facilities Planning (3 credits)
  • EDST 60800 – Business Management in Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 61200 – Transformational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDST 61300 – Learning Environments (3 credits)
  • EDST 61400 – Leadership for Community Collaboration and Development (3 credits)
  • EDST 61500 – Educational Policy and Decision Making (3 credits)
  • EDST 61600 – Analytical Techniques in Educational Management (3 credits)
  • EDST 69500 – Internship – District Administrator (6 credits)
  • EDST 69700 – Research, Ed.S. (3 credits)

6 credit hours of electives from the list below (Choose 2)

  • EDCI 58000 – Foundations Of Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCI 68200 – Contemporary Curriculum Theory (3 credits)
  • EDCI 68400 – Seminar in Curriculum Studies (3 credits)
  • EDPS 66300 – Organization and Administration of Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDPS 54000 – Gifted, Creative and Talented Children (3 credits)
  • EDPS 54200 – Curriculum and Program Development in Gifted Education (3 credits)
  • EDPS 54500 – Social and Affective Development of Gifted Students (3 credits)

Additional 3 credit hours (Choose 1)

  • EDPS 556 – Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis Methods in Education
  • EDCI 615 – Qualitative Research methods in Education

Application Requirements

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Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2021: June 30, 2021
  • Fall 2022: June 30, 2022

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts (copy) – Official transcripts will need to be submitted before the end of the first semester.
  • 3.0 or above GPA
  • Statement of Purpose – 300 – 500 word essay. Articulate how this program will help you obtain educational and career goals
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • English proficiency for international students.
  • Complete the Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review (There is a non-refundable cost associated with the evaluation)

Tuition and Fees

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Current Tuition Rates and Fees * In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $381.20 $524.20
Technology Fee $7.55 $7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee $11.25 $11.25
Purdue Online (PO) Fee $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $450.00 $563.00
Total Credit Hours 30 30
Total Program Cost $13,500.00 $16,890.00

*Tuition and fees are charges on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increase. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

*International Fee: $145/semester


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Clinical Assistant Professor Educational Leadership and Policy StudiesEducational Studies

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