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Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)

This degree is primarily designed to prepare individuals who hold a master's degree in an area of education (aside from educational leadership) and do not have a license in administration supervision PreK-12. Your course work provides conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience. The program leads to full Commonwealth of Virginia Licensure in Educational Administration and Supervision, Pre-K-12. Your course work will provide conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience.

Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)


Description


What is Educational Leadership at ODU like?

This degree is primarily designed to prepare individuals who hold a master's degree in an area of education (aside from educational leadership) and do not have a license in administration supervision PreK-12. Your course work provides conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience. The program leads to full Commonwealth of Virginia Licensure in Educational Administration and Supervision, Pre-K-12. Your course work will provide conceptual and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical field experience.

Program Highlights


What makes Educational Leadership at ODU unique?

  • Our programs are online and fully live, catering to full-time working professionals.

  • The unique online learning environment enables our students and faculty to engage in a class setting that simulates a face-to-face classroom. In many ways, the courses parallel that of an in-person graduate class.

  • Our courses, offered once a week, are held in the evening during the work week (not on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays).

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$97,440

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

$72,410

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Educational Leadership at ODU?

ELS 801:
Accountability and Organizational Improvement


This course is an in-depth study of effective data based decision-making practices for contemporary school leaders. Formative and summative data based decision making practices will be explored, as well as how to work with large and small groups of staff members to analyze multiple measures of data and create school improvement designs for student and school success. An emphasis is placed on using data to make decisions at the division, school, and classroom levels. Prerequisite: ELS 600 or ELS 700 or ELS 800.

ELS 802:
Educational Politics and Policymaking


This course teaches aspiring school leaders how politics and policy shapes school-based decision making and how school leaders can influence politics and policy processes to improve learning environments for children. The course focuses contemporary problems that confront school leaders as they work to improve the conditions of learning for their students, faculty, and staff. To effectively address and solve problems school leaders need to understand the processes of policymaking at various educational levels and to develop the relevant skills of policymaking needed at the school level. Thus, this course addresses the following three essential principles of educational politics and policy as they apply to school level administrators: political and policy dynamics that influence their work in schools; accurately identify, diagnose, and develop the right solutions to the right problems in order to achieve instructional goals of the school and division; and confront, engage in, and effectively deal with conflict |i.e., politics) emanating from within the school, division, or community in order to achieve school and division learning goals. Prerequisite: ELS 600 or ELS 700 or ELS 800.

ELS 810:
Strategic Communication and External Relations


This course serves as an introduction for prospective administrators to the social and political context of the educational environment. The underlying concept of this course is collaboration. Today's administrators face a variety of multifaceted challenges in their daily routines. Therefore, they must recongize the impact of political, socioeconomic situations, community diversity, equity issues, and school community relations on their leadership practices. Prerequisite: ELS 600 or ELS 700 or ELS 800.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Educational Leadership at ODU?

Students entering the Education Specialist program in Educational Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  1. Meet all University admissions requirements.
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 overall and 3.00 in the major.
  3. Hold a valid teaching license and currently serve in a PK-12 academic position.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation, including one from a school administrator.
  5. Provide a one-page description of your anticipated career path and how this program can help you achieve your professional goals.
  6. Develop a two-page essay on an instructional or school improvement issue and discuss the implications for school leaders.
  7. Discuss how your involvement in the cohort program can contribute to furthering the vision and mission of your school organization.

*This degree can lead to the addition of an endorsement in administration and supervision by the Virginia Department of Education for students who hold a valid Virginia teaching license and have three years of successful teaching experience.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

25% Discount for Virginia Public School Employees


Receive a 25% discount off of per-credit tuition. 

Next Steps


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PROFESSOR


Name:

Karen Sanzo


Location:

2323 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6698


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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