The Specialist in Education in General Educational Administration is an advanced degree program that prepares professional educators with instructional and leadership skills beyond the master's level of competence. The purpose of this degree is to extend the academic foundation, skills, and abilities of educational leaders and to build leadership capacity in a variety of educational settings. The Ed.S. degree is based upon the satisfactory completion of 33 semester hours of graduate-level coursework. Applicants may choose one of three concentrations areas (Administrative Leadership K-12, Instructional Leadership K-12; and Educational Administration). The program is aligned to state standards and is approved by the state of Michigan.Applicants who complete the Administrative Leadership K-12 concentration may apply to the Michigan Department of Education for administrative certification which is now required by the State for building and district leadership positions.