Mississippi College offers a unique educational leadership preparation program at the specialist’s level. Each semester (fall, spring, and summer), a group of carefully selected cohort members begin a six semester program consisting of 40 semester hours. The program is delivered by terminally-degreed faculty who are seasoned practitioners.
The School of Education offers graduate degree programs designed to build upon prior knowledge and build scaffolding to support acquiring more knowledge and understanding. Educational leadership for the 21st century must reflect educational instruction that supports a reflective practitioner, by providing excellent classroom instruction for students to increase in stature, knowledge, and wisdom.
The program is delivered by integrating the six dimensions of leadership:
These dimensions are integrated with research/writing, seminars, practicums, and coursework. Cohort members who complete MS College’s Educational Leadership Program are prepared to provide immediate educational leadership for schools and the entire educational arena.
For more information about Mississippi College’s Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, contact:
Dr. Jennifer Grove Stafford, Program Coordinator
Lowrey Hall 306, 601.925.7389
Dr. Martha D'Amico, Interim Chair
Lowrey Hall 210, 601.925.3478
- All general requirements for admission to the Graduate School at Mississippi College must be met initially.
- Requirements for admission to the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) must be met.
- Candidates applying for the Educational Specialist Degree in Elementary Education must have a Class AA License in elementary education. For those seeking the Ed.S. Degree in Ed. Leadership, the Class AA License must be in an area of professional education.
- Candidates must have a 3.25 GPA on all prior graduate work.
- Candidates must supply three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s character, scholarship, and potential for successful completion of the program. (One recommendation must come from the candidate’s current administrator.)
- Candidates must provide proof of three years of prior teaching experience in their licensed area, in an accredited school.
- Candidates must schedule an interview with the program advisor.
- Candidates must successfully complete a writing assessment.
- After 12 hours of coursework, candidates must have and maintain a 3.25 GPA on all work in the Ed.S. Program.
- Candidates must write and defend a research-based project completed during the Ed.S. Program at MS College. Candidates must have a 3.25 GPA, in order to defend their research-based project, before graduation requirements can be considered completed.
- All work for the degree must be worked-on and completed according to the cohort schedule.
- Graduates of the Ed.S. Program in Educational Leadership must pass the SLLA, before they can apply for the Class AAA License in Administration.
The Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership is a 40 semester hour program designed to meet the needs of educational professionals seeking a higher level of licensure in school administration or a more in-depth knowledge of curriculum and instruction that builds on an existing Class AA License in another area of professional education. Furthermore, there are two tracks in Educational Leadership:
- Curriculum & Instruction (C&I)
Graduates of the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), before they can apply for the Class AAA License in Administration.
The two tracks offer an in-depth review of teaching/learning, technology integration, assessment, statistics, educational diversity, law, public policy, curriculum development, and leadership development. Clinical/practicum-based experiences are integrated with course work, in order to foster problem solving and theoretical application. Students benefit from applied and focused classroom and practicum experiences in the educational arena with all stakeholders. Similarly, reflective seminars are facilitated by university professors to provide for purposeful collaboration with cohort members.
- Administration Track Sample Course Six-Semester Cohort Calendar
- Curriculum & Instruction Cohort Calendar
The Educational Specialist Degree in Elementary Education is a 36-42 semester hour program designed to meet the needs of educational professionals seeking a higher level of licensure and a more in-depth knowledge about best practices, research, teaching/learning, and curriculum & instructional improvement in elementary education. This degree builds on an existing Class AA License in elementary education. Problem-solving, research, and writing are integrated with the coursework, in order to foster technology integration, constant reflection, and data-driven assessment.
There is an option for the candidate with a 4-8 alternate route license to add-on the K-6 license.