Choosing an EdS Over an EdD in K-12 Leadership

Teacher speaking in library Posted on June 27, 2019  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Do you want to be a pioneer in creating a collaborative community focused on student learning? If so, then you will need the right knowledge and an ability to strategize. GCU’s Education Specialist (EdS) in K-12 Leadership program is designed to equip you with these skills and can prepare you to advance to a position of leadership in today’s culturally and economically diverse educational communities.

Grand Canyon University’s EdS in K-12 Leadership program is offered by the College of Doctoral Studies and can be an alternative to our Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership program. The following signs mean that you might benefit from choosing an EdS over an EdD in K-12 leadership:

You do not wish to complete a residency or dissertation.

If your career and professional goals do not demand the completion of a residency or dissertation, then our EdS program in K-12 leadership could be the perfect path for you. Unlike GCU’s EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership, the EdS in K-12 leadership does not require a dissertation or residency.

You want to improve your instructional skills in less time.

Balancing work and your personal life can be enough of a challenge before adding additional education into the mix. If you’re concerned about how much time and funding will be required to complete an EdD, then you have an excellent reason to consider an EdS. Grand Canyon University’s EdS in K-12 Leadership program is a 30-credit program, while the EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership program requires 60 credits.

If you are considering either an EdD or EdS could be the right path for you, then consider these and other educations programs at the Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies the . To find out more about this or our other doctoral degrees like, please visit our website or use the Request More Information button on this page.

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