Specialist (Ed.S.)

The Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) Program is designed as a post-master's work to provide advanced preparation in the major field of administration and supervision, primarily for coursework toward Ohio Administration Licensure. A minimum of 30 semester hours of post-master's courses are required. The program of study is spread over courses in educational administration, professional education outside the area of educational administration, and research methods and educational statistics. An internship or field experience is required. Please note, applicants must have a master’s degree for admission into the Ed.S. program.

  1. A completed BGSU Graduate College Application for Admission; this must be completed online.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the past five years; target composite score of 800+ (or 280+ with new GRE) on verbal/quantitative portions. GRE is waived if undergraduate GPA is 2.75 or higher and graduate GPA is 3.00 or higher.
  4. Letter of application to the EDAS Program Coordinator detailing (a) why you have chosen this program at BGSU, (b) your professional goals, academic strengths, and personal characteristics that will lead to your success as a school administrator; (c) ways in which you will be an asset to our program; and (d) why you should be admitted to this program.
  5. A copy of your most recent resume/curriculum vita that includes evidence of (a) successful teaching experience; (b) leadership ability or capacity; (c) professional development activities; and (d) professional memberships, committees, publications, and honors.
  6. Three Recommendation Forms/Letters – The information on the form or in the letter must speak to your potential success both as a graduate student and as an educational administrator. One must be from an individual familiar with your academic ability; the other two must be from an administrator or supervisor who is familiar with your professional performance. Of these two, one must be from a current supervisor. Click here for the Reference Form.
  7. For those who are seeking Ohio administrative licensure in conjunction with the Ed.S., a completed Application for Administrative Licensure form. Click here to complete the Licensure Application.
  8. Applicants must have at least one year of teaching experience in a school setting. Prospective students without teaching experience may be considered; however, a rationale will need to be provided by the student as to why we should consider their application, and the faculty committee will also interview the prospective student.

A recommendation regarding your admissibility will be made by the Graduate College within 30 days after you have completed the above program application procedures. Please complete all application procedures for admission to the EDAS Specialist’s degree program in a timely fashion. A review of incomplete applications is made quarterly and your file will be withdrawn from active application status if you do not submit all application materials.

Please mail application materials to:
EDAS Program Secretary
550 Education Building
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0250


Paul Johnson, Ph.D.
EDAS Program Coordinator

If we can be of further assistance to you, please contact EDAS Program Secretary, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0250, (419) 372-7377 or you can submit an electronic information request form .

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work beyond the master's degree including all specific requirements for the degree and for certification where relevant. Specific requirements include:

Education administration courses and courses in related fields (foundations, research).

Practicum or Field Service Experience: This phase of the program must be appropriate to the area of specialization.

Students should have a tentative degree program on file early in the Ed. S. program. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate work to be eligible for the degree.

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to the regular course examinations, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during the final period of registration for course work.

Completion of Work

Candidates must complete all requirements for the Ed. S. degree within six years of the date of initial enrollment in the degree program. Time served in the armed forces or on approved leave of absence is exempt from this time limitation.