Educational Administration (EdS)

Specialist in Education in Educational Administration 
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development
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Program Information

The EdS (Education Specialist) degree in Educational Administration is a 30-credit hour, post-master's degree program. It can lead to certification in principalship, or supervisor of instruction.

The EdS program is designed to prepare school leaders to engage staff, improve the instructional capacity of schools, and deal effectively with the educational challenges of the 21st century. The goal of the EdS program is to provide field experience, clinical practice, and conceptual and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in instructional leadership. The Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development maintains a strong collaboration with school districts in preparing exemplary P-12 school administrators.

The candidate's admission packet must demonstrate his/her skills and understanding of the following: ability to improve student achievement, leadership, and advanced knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Candidates applying for admission are jointly screened by both the University of Louisville faculty and local school district personnel. 

Admission Requirements

  • Evidence of bachelor’s and master's degrees
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work

Admission to this Program

  • A 3.3 grade point average from the master's degree program
  • Signed copies of the following forms: Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement and Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel
Includes both Principal Certification and Supervisor of Instruction Certification

Degree Program Admission Requirements

  • Joint screening by ELEOD Department and local school district personnel
  • A written rationale for pursuing the degree (limit of one page)
  • A current resume
  • Your philosophy of education (not to exceed two pages)
  • Two written letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's skills and understanding of (a) ability to improve student achievement, (b) leadership, (c) advanced knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. One must be from the current site supervisor.
  • Three years of successful K-12 teaching experience in Kentucky or three years (one year = 140 contract days) of successful K-12 teaching outside the state of Kentucky.

Program Requirements

ELFH 633Organizational Structures and Operations3
ELFH 634P-12 Leadership for Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment3
ELFH 635P-12 Human Resources: Securing and Developing Staff3
ELFH 636Shaping School Culture and Community3
Satisfactory dispositions assessment 1
ELFH 637Leveraging Community Systems and Resources3
ELFH 620Legal Issues in P-12 Education3
ELFH 622Educational Resource Management in P-12 Education3
ELFH 782Reflective Practice for School Leaders3
Total Hours for Level 1 224
ELFH 609Internship in Educational Leadership (required course)3
ELFH Electives 33
Minimum Total Credit Hours for Ed.S.30
Minimum Total Credit Hours for Rank I 560

Degree Program Completion Requirements

A grade point average of 3.3 in all courses counting on this program

Successful completion of a capstone in ELFH 782 at the completion of Level 1

Successful completion of a program portfolio at the end of Level 2. Information about the portfolio is found in "Guidelines for Portfolio Completion Requirement," available from your advisor

Certification requirements

The Education Professional Standards Board is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. Candidates for principal certification must pass both the SLLA and the KYTP. These tests may be taken during the last semester of coursework for Level 1 Principal Certification. Current information about the Kentucky assessment program may be retrieved from

Completion of three (3) years of full-time teaching experience