Specialist in General Educational Administration EdS Specialist in General Educational Administration EdS

Specialist in General Educational Administration

Program Overview

Advance your leadership skills in education with this online specialist degree, which will prepare you for a job in a school or district administrative position. Acquire your Michigan administrator certification by selecting either the Instructional Leadership concentration (Elementary and Secondary certification) or Administrative Leadership concentration (Central Office certification).

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: Online
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 30

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

If you're looking to become a school or district level administrator, have worked in an educational setting for at least 3 years, and have a master’s degree this advanced degree can help you take the next step in your career.

Our Ed.S. program in educational administration will extend your academic foundation, skills, and abilities while building leadership capacity in a variety of educational settings. You'll work with experienced and practicing educational leaders to develop your leadership capacity and translate theory into practice, in order to transform your organization.

This program is aimed at professional educators looking to become school or district administrators (certification option) or for individuals seeking to increase their preparation toward a doctorate degree in education (thesis option). You'll work with an adviser to tailor a course schedule based on your areas of interest. Classes include:

  • Organizational Change in Educational Institutions
  • Instructional Supervision and Leadership
  • Educational Policy Analysis
  • Action Research

Classes are fully online and taught on Saturday mornings to accommodate professional schedules, so you can continue your career while you prepare for what's next. This program prepares certification candidates for the Michigan Administrator Certification at either the building level (Elementary and Secondary certification) or at the district level (Central Office certification), depending on your concentration.

Central Michigan University is CAEP accredited.

Program Highlights

As a student in our Specialist in Educational Administration program, you'll join one of the country's top-ranked providers of online learning:

  • We confer 700 master's degrees in teaching every year, more than any other college in Michigan.
  • Get the education to advance your career without leaving your job. This online program allows you to take classes wherever you are.
  • Complete an internship while working under the direct supervision of an executive educational leader.


Filter Concentrations by Location:
You can apply to the Michigan Department of Education for an administrative district-level certificate (CO) once completing this concentration.
You can apply to the Michigan Department of Education for an administrative building-level certificate (ES) once completing this concentration.

Careers & Outcomes

Step into a leadership role with your Ed.S. in general educational administration.

Career Projected Salary
Elementary & Secondary School Administrator $63,712
School Principal $101,320
Superintendent (Education) $98,980

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