Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership Non-Licensure

The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is an advanced degree of 33 credit hours beyond a Master’s Degree.  The educational specialist degree is designed for professional educators involved in education and schooling who already hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to non-licensure/certification leadership positions* and desire to continue to complete a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.).


Curriculum Summary

Admission Information

Applicants will be evaluated to determine those who possess the personal qualities and dispositions, academic acumen, and professional experiences to suggest a compelling potential for success as doctoral candidate and to advance as educational leaders. The following information will be required to complete an applicant’s Application Portfolio:

  • Have an earned master’s degree in education or related field, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay identifying and describing a contemporary educational trend or issue and its associated challenges and impact on the field of education. In a 3-5 page essay, describe why the trend or issue is significant and worthy of research. The essay is to be completed in APA format.
  • Submission of three professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of documentation of a minimum of three years’ experience in a PK-12 education context.
  • Submission of Millers Analogy Test scores or Graduate Record examination scores (less than five years old).
  • Completed and signed copy of the Candidate Request Form for Intern Mentoring Supervisor.
  • Copy of their current Teaching Certificate.

* Applicants are encouraged to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed.  Belhaven University does not guarentee that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certification or endorsements within all states other than Mississippi.