Principal talking with students

Educational Leadership. Ed.S.

Leadership in Schools

Further your education and prepare for your role as a leader in education, whether as a principal (M.Ed.), superintendent (Ed.S.), program administrator or classroom educator in a program that allows you to continue to teach. Gain the knowledge to improve educational institutions at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Fast Facts

  • Statewide leader of educational leadership
  • NCATE accredited and State of Idaho approved
  • Available online
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Central Office Personnel
  • School Personnel


Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement Employment for principals and superintendents for middle, and high school is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region.
Degree Roadmap

Master’s degree (Principal Certification) courses:

  • EDAD509 Policy & Politics for Educational Leaders
  • EDAD513 Administration of Special Education Law
  • EDAD530 Ethical Leadership & Law in Education
  • EDAD533 Multicultural Diversity & Educational Leadership
  • EDAD534 The Principalship
  • EDAD535 School Finance
  • EDAD570 Foundations of Educational Research
  • EDAD595 Administration & Supervision of Personnel
  • EDAD598 Internship, Building Level

Education specialist degree (Superintendent Certification) courses:

  • EDAD571 Educational Leadership in a Global Society
  • EDAD584 Bargaining/Mediation/Arbitration
  • EDAD586 Advanced School Finance
  • EDAD587 The Superintendency
  • EDAD592 School Community Relations
  • EDAD593 School Facilities Planning & Maintenance
  • EDAD594 Theory in Educational Administration
  • EDAD598 Internship, Central Office
Plus two elective courses and an earned master’s degree in a related field to total a minimum of 60 credit hours in accordance with college, graduate school and university requirements
Degree Prep (high school prep or undergrad prep and or jobs that make you qualified for degree)
Degree Prep To be considered for the Educational Leadership program, students must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. If the degree is from a recognized but not regionally accredited institution, the application will be reviewed by the department and by the College of Graduate Studies.

Find out more about the degree preparation for Educational Leadership
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Hands-On Learning You will earn degrees and prepare for certifications in a variety of online or face-to-face formats that suit your busy schedule. You will study with cutting-edge scholars and experienced practitioners who share your passion for improving learning, inspiring educators and building systems that make a difference in students’ lives.
Internships You will work alongside experienced administrators and professors during your internships, which are grounded in learning about best practices in educational leadership.