Grand Valley State University's Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S) degree builds upon the masters degree to prepare current and future leaders who are well-equipped to deal with the complex challenges of an ever-changing educational environment.

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (NCA). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

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Educational leadership graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Dean
  • Curriculum director
  • Superintendent
  • Assistant superintendent

Why pursue an Educational Specialist in Leadership program at Grand Valley?

  • Career-oriented. The program's meaningful clinical experiences, case methods of teaching, and pragmatic curriculum are geared to the specific knowledge and skills required by district leaders and superintendents at different career stages.
  • Service. Our full-time Student Information and Services Center provides the support you need with expert advising, program planning, field placement, and more.
  • Flexible. Evening, weekend, and summer classes make it easier for teachers and administrators to plan their schedules. Some classes are offered online.

Courses Offered

The Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S) program is a minimum of 30 credits.

See PDF link below for the Planned Program and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions. 


  • Program Type: The Educational Specialist degree in Leadership allows completers to work in K-12th grade central office administrative settings.
  • MTTC Certification Test: There is not a Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for this program at this time.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Educational Specialist degree in Leadership leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Central Office School Administrator certification (CO certification).
  • Student Outcomes for Educational Specialist in Leadership, Ed.S.


Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S) admission requirements and application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Applications for the College of Education Graduate Studies programs are now being accepted for Spring/Summer 2020Fall 2020, and Winter 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis, for a limited time.


View the Admissions Requirements for Educational Specialist in Leadership


When you became a Laker, you opened up a lifetime of learning, and now alumni like you can use your Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account for classes that provide greater knowledge and new skills. Your account is waiting for you to use for future classes at GVSU. All you have to do is click on the button below to find out more.

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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.


For more information, contact:

Greg Warsen, Ph.D.
(616) 331-6209

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