Teachers often look to advance their education beyond their master's degree so they are prepared to move into administrative positions, and/or qualify for salary increases. However, educators who have the primary goal of improving their instructional skills may prefer to focus on a doctoral program that offers beneficial coursework without the dissertation component. Grand Canyon University offers a solution for these individuals.
Grand Canyon University offers an Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership (EDS) program designed to prepare educators to assume a variety of leadership roles in economically and culturally diverse 21st century K-12 educational communities. The 30-credit EDS program is offered 100% online and can be completed in approximately 18 months. This program includes 10 courses without a dissertation or residency component.
After foundational instruction in ethics, research and theory, coursework focuses on educational policy development and decision making, staffing, and organizational leadership, supervision of teaching and learning, instructional and curricular supervision, department and unit management, and other areas related to leadership at the building or district level.
The EDS program is aligned with the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and is consistent with the University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders in a technologically advanced world.
GCU's College of Doctoral Studies has a comprehensive support structure, ensuring learners have the tools necessary to meet their educational goals. From a doctoral writing tutor to expert librarians, learners receive personalized assistance with all their scholarly writing needs.