ED.S. in Educational Leadership

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program in educational leadership is designed to serve as an initial licensure program for kindergarten through twelfth grades (K-12) school leaders. The structure of the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership program combines in-person, online, and field experiences. The primary modality of instruction are in-person classroom experiences on the Johnson University campus. This in-person classroom instruction is augmented with online content. Additionally, the candidates take part in a field experience over the course of the program, which gives them an opportunity to elucidate the theory they are learning with practical application. This hybrid approach to the instructional program ensures that candidates have a copious and propitious education while accommodating the schedules of working professionals. 

Student Benefits

The Educational Leadership program at Johnson University holds many benefits for students. The courses are led by highly experienced practicing and former school administrators who use their academic knowledge as well as practical experience in the field to guide aspiring administrators. The classroom instruction contextualized in the field experience of working professionals gives students a practical understanding of the concepts of school leadership.

Classes are kept small (typically 10-12 students), so that students can engage in rich learning experiences with skilled instructors and a cohort of their peers. Also, Johnson is committed to keeping costs down for students, which means the Ed.S. program is one of the most affordable educational leadership licensure programs. 

Program Outcomes

  1. The outcomes for the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership program mirror the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS). Upon completion of the program, graduates will have demonstrated mastery of the following school leadership practices:
    1. Instructional Leadership for Continuous Improvement
    2. Culture for Teaching and Learning
    3. Professional Learning and Growth
    4. Resource Management

In addition to the TILS, graduates of the Educational Leadership program will demonstrate an understanding of ethical practices in school leadership through a Christian perspective. 

Pending TDOE approval for the licensure program