Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership


Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership

Teachers often look to advance their education beyond their master's degree so they can move into administrative positions, and/or qualify for salary increases. However, educators whose goal is to improve their instructional skills and remain in the classroom may prefer to focus on coursework and forego the dissertation component required of most doctoral programs. Grand Canyon University offers a solution for these individuals.

Our Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership (EDS) program is designed to prepare educators to assume a variety of leadership roles in economically and culturally diverse 21st century K-12 educational communities. 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 program is aligned with the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online
  • 30 credits, 10 classes
  • Program can be finished in approximately a year and a half
  • No dissertation or residency requirements
  • Gain similar content knowledge as our Ed.D. programs offer but without the dissertation/research component

Topics of Interest:

  • History and politics of K-12 education
  • Using collaboration to increase instructional effectiveness and student learning
  • Building a K12 community by creating and sustaining a diverse learning infrastructure
  • Current and emerging leadership strategies and classroom practices in K-12 education
  • The development and evolution of leadership theories
  • Corporate social responsibility from the perspective of ethical decision making

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $1,045 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $18,900 N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate N/A N/A
Median Private Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Occupations
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
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  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
  8. Not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities.
  9. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

Online program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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