Educational Leadership and Administration, EdS (Online)

The online Educational Leadership and Administration, EdS program is a unique pathway to senior-level positions in educational leadership and administration.

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Program Intro

CBU's online Educational Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration program is designed to equip individuals with the skills, techniques, and qualities of leadership required for professional excellence as educational leaders and administrators in K-12 schools. 

36 Units

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18 Months to Completion

*with a full-time course load

$700 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration (Online) at CBU?

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S) program in Educational Leadership and Administration degree provides a purposeful balance between theory, practice and research. Graduates will be prepared to lead and transform their schools for optimal growth. The program is designed for working professionals looking to apply theory to their practice and is ideally suited for current administrators to expand their career paths and advance their academic and professional goals.

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Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, graduates will be able to:

  1. Students will examine and evaluate organizational behaviors and leadership effectiveness within a wide spectrum of industries and types in order to cultivate contextual intelligence.
  2. Students will examine organizational experiences, events or issues that are challenging, ambiguous or unexpected in order to enhance their leadership capabilities and navigate future challenges effectively.
  3. Students will communicate effectively.
  4. Students will enhance their relational capability through development of the four domains of EQ: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
  5. Students will develop and enhance strategies for leveraging cultural intelligence, diversity, and inclusion.

ORG 710: New Era Organizations

This course prepares learners for the program by studying essential research-based theories on administration and management leading up to contemporary ones. Emphasis is on reviewing current and emerging organizational theories and concepts, business ethics, organizational change, talent development, and social responsibility, and developing and articulating a personal philosophy related to managing change in new era organizations.

ORG 720: Organizational Communication

This course examines effective principles of communication critical for effectiveness within diverse organizations. Principles focus on opportunities for administrators to reflect on their own communication style and examine the components of effective communication strategies. Students will address the challenges inherent to effective communication present in today's multicultural, multilingual work environments.

ORG 725: Human Resource Management

This course examines the processes an organization uses to attract, retain, motivate and develop the best people for their jobs. Concepts of study include organizational recruitment, retention, engagement, evaluation, identification and development of high potential employees, succession planning, and employee development from the perspective of the organization's innovators and talent management professionals.

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Elisa Shepard, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Associate Provost for Online Education

Office Phone: 951-343-3946
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, Room C214

Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

CBU Online has received various awards and has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation - best online bachelor’s degree category by U.S. News & World Report for 7 consecutive years.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.

Application Deadlines Fall Spring Summer
Priority May 15 November 1 March 1
Standard August 1 December 1 April 1

Application Requirements

Career Possibilities

  • K-12 School Administrator
  • K-12 District Level Administrator
  • Private School Headmaster

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!