Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education Ed.S.

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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.

This program shall include study of content appropriate to the National Board Core Propositions for Accomplished Educational Leaders from the National Board Professional Teaching Standards.

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Degree Overview

Instructional Support Courses – 27-28 hrs
  • Nature of Adult Education
  • Theory & Development of Organizations
  • Leadership in Finance & Management
  • Leadership in the Development and Application of Curriculum & Theory Design
  • Ethics for Leaders
  • Instructional & Information Technologies
  • Program Implementation
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Project Analysis
  • Practicum (if needed to meet state regulations)
Additional Courses – 6 hrs
  • Advanced Survey of Exceptionality (required if not previously taken)
  • Other Approved Courses
Educational Leadership Course Descriptions
Curriculum Model
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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.
  • Testing for Class AA Certification for Instructional Leadership. Applicants for Class AA certification who are meeting requirements for a certificate which covers a grade span different from the grade span covered by the certificate used as the basis for admissions to the Class AA Instructional Leadership program must meet the Praxis requirements of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP). Some individuals hold an Alabama certificate for principal K-6 or 6-12 rather than P-12. A person holding one of those certificates and completing the Class AA Instructional Leadership P-12 program must meet the Praxis requirements as a precondition for certification.
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Application Deadlines

  • Rolling admissions with cohort beginning in spring
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Admission Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education program and the Dean of the Graduate School

Application Requirements

For the admission process, you will need to provide the following in your application to the Graduate School:

  • All official transcripts
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Up-to-date résumé
  • Valid & renewable teaching certificate (Alabama Class A Instructional Leadership)
  • Clear background check
  • EDUCATEAlabama Professional Learning Plan & feedback (or comparable evaluation system)
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership & management potential
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Initial Registration Requirements

Auburn University requires on-campus students to provide proof of vaccinations.  Students must only do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.

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Cost & Financial Support


Financial Aid

Assistantships and Scholarships

  • Dennis J. Sabo Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Preparing for or presently serving in a leadership role in K-12 education, or preparing to teach in higher education in area of K-12 leadership
    • Evidence of financial need
    • Priority to recipients who have a family for which they are, at least in part, responsible for supporting.
  • William A. Spencer Annual Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Exhibits exceptional promise and leadership in one of the areas of the EFLT Department
  • JoAnn Granberry Murrell
    • Fully admitted to College of Education
    • Part-time or Full-time student
    • Enrolled in EFLT program
    • Demonstrate financial need
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