Educational Leadership (EDL) - Archived 2017-18 Graduate Catalog

School Director: Patrick Pauken
Graduate Coordinator: Paul Johnson
Address: 550 Education Building
Phone: 419-372-7369
Program Web Page:

Degrees Offered
M.Ed., Ed.S.

Programs Offered
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership
Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership
District Level Leadership Certificate

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (

Educational Leadership Constituent Council (

Prerequisites to Graduate Work

M.Ed. in EDL:  Applicants for the master’s program in EDAS must have earned a bachelor’s degree and fulfill all other requirements for admission (see below).

Ed.S. in EDL:  Applicants for the specialist in education program in EDL must have earned at least a master’s degree (in any field) and fulfill all other requirements for admission (see below).  Applicants for the Ed.S. 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.

District Level Leadership Licensure:  Applicants for the district level leadership licensure in   EDAS must have earned at least a master’s degree.  Although not a prerequisite to complete graduate coursework, candidates wishing to earn district level licensure in Ohio must hold a valid principal license in the state of Ohio. The District Level Leadership certificate program offers coursework leading to O.D.E. superintendent licensure. 15 semester hours are required.  

Admission Procedure

Applicants seeking admission should follow the instructions outlined on the Graduate Admissions webpage.

For more detailed information on the application and admission procedures for EDAS degree programs, please see the program web site:

Applicants for District Level Licensure may take courses as a non-degree seeking student, but must complete a Graduate Non-Degree Application.

Degree Requirements
Two plans are offered for the M.Ed. degree in EDAS:

Plan I is a 30-hour program culminating with a thesis. Plan I necessitates the completion of 18-21 hours in the major area (EDL), six semester hours of coursework in statistics and educational research and at least three credit hours of thesis research (EDAS 6990).

Plan II is a 33-semester hour program culminating with a comprehensive examination during the final semester of course work. Plan II necessitates the completion of 24 semester hours in the major area (EDL), six semester hours of coursework in statistics and educational research, and the addition of an appropriate number of hours in courses in related disciplines.

Students in the Ed.S. degree in EDL 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:

1. Education leadership courses and courses in related fields (e.g., foundations, research)

2. Practicum or Field Service Experience: This phase of the program must be appropriate to the area of specialization and desired administrative licensure.

3. Comprehensive Examination.

For a list of the approved EDL program courses, please see:

Graduate Courses
Please access graduate courses online by clicking the “Browsing Course Catalog” button at