Our specialist degree program prepares you for leadership roles in grades K-12. Graduates learn to be school leaders/scholars through the applied study of theoretical and empirical literature on the science of organizations and the current and emerging art and craft of leadership. Individuals who complete the specialist program are eligible to be recommended for Class AA professional educator certification in instructional leadership.

Ed.S. students are admitted in the Spring Semester. Applicants should submit completed application packets before October 1 for spring admission. Applications past the deadline will be considered if space allows or in consultation with program faculty.

Degree Overview


Instructional Support Courses — 27-28 hours

  • Theory & Development of Organizations

  • Leadership in Finance & Management

  • Leadership in the Development and Application of Curriculum & Theory Design

  • Ethics for Leaders

  • Trends and Issues

  • Program Implementation

  • Personal & Professional Development

  • Project Analysis

  • Practicum (if needed to meet state regulations)

Additional Coursework — 27-28 hours

  • Advanced Survey of Exceptionality (required if not previously taken)

  • Other Approved Courses

View all course requirements

Ellen Hahn, Program Coordinator

Administrative Certification

  • Effective for candidates unconditionally admitted July 1, 2017 and after, a minimum GPA of 3.5 will be required on all courses used to meet specialist-level certification program requirements.

  • Contact the certification officer when you are ready to apply for administrative certification.

Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 06/25/2024