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Learn the Latest Knowledge with our Post-Master's Certificate: Education Specialist in Educational Leadership.

Are you an educator seeking to advance your career into a leadership position?

The 100% online Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (EdS) offered by the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education is a post-masters credential designed for P-12 educators who wish to advance in educational leadership careers.

Completion of the EdS program may qualify students for the Indiana Superintendent's license and P-12 district level leadership positions. As a stackable credential, the 30-credit-hour earned in the EdS program may transfer to the 60-credit-hour Doctor of Education program in Educational Leadership at USI.

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To be considered for admission, you must have the following: 

  • A master’s degree in education or related field from a regionally-accredited institution with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • A valid teaching license
  1. Submit an online application and $40 application fee.
  2. Upload the following to your application account:
    1. Your Indiana Teaching License number or provide an explanation as to why you wish to pursue this degree.
    2. A current resume/curriculum vitae. The file should be a PDF and use the following naming convention: First Name Last Name EdS resume.pdf (example: Joe Smith EdS resume.pdf)
  3. Submit official transcripts to Graduate Studies.
    • Official electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed from the previous institution to
    • Mailed transcripts can be sent to this address:
      Graduate Studies
      University of Southern Indiana
      8600 University Blvd.
      Evansville, IN 47712
  4. International applicants may be required to submit additional information.

Courses are offered by blending desktop video conferencing and an online learning management system. Access to a reliable computer with internet, camera and microphone capabilities is required.

Program Curriculum for the Education Specialist Certificate

  • EDLE 726 - Legal and Ethical Issues for Educational Leaders
  • EDLE 727 - Special Education Policy and Practice
  • EDLE 728 - Evaluating School Effectiveness Through a Community Lens 
  • EDLE 731 - Analyzing Race, Class, and Gender Dynamics in American Education
  • EDLE 732 - Creating Community-Based Curricular Change
  • EDLE 755 - Orchestrating a Community-Based Educational Vision 
  • EDLE 756 - School Personnel Management
  • EDLE 757 - Analytical Decision-Making
  • EDLE 758 - School Finance
  • EDLE 760 - Internship in School District Administration (1 credit) 
    • Taken three times for three consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring) for a total of 3 credit hours

Earn Your Graduate Certificate on Your Time

Our 100% online Post-Master's Certificate: EdS gives you the freedom to schedule your coursework around your availability. We have 4 starts a year, meaning you don't have to wait to begin your journey to completing your certificate.

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline
01/08/24 12/15/23 12/22/23 01/05/24
08/19/24 08/02/24 08/09/24 08/16/24

Get Started on Your Online Education Specialist in Educational Leadership.

Take the next step on your journey at the University of Southern Indiana. Start your online post-master's certificate application or request more information today.


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