July 2, 2015
LIVONIA, Mich. – Giving leaders the skills to lead other leaders, is the aim of Madonna University’s new Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, Ed.S. The program builds on the strength of the current master’s program in educational leadership offered through Madonna’s College of Education and provides the preparation for pursuit of a future Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. This graduate program is expected to attract aspiring superintendents, school principals, central office administrators, special education administrators, department chairs and other school district leaders who want to build leadership skills.
According to Madonna education professor Todd Symington, who along with colleague Jill Robinson Ed.D., is co-director of the Education Specialist program, Madonna’s program meets Michigan Department of Education standards for central office-level administrators while incorporating an expanded knowledge of the unique leadership characteristics within special education. In addition, Madonna’s small class sizes enable professors to offer a mentor/mentee relationship and what Symington called “shoulder-to-shoulder” support.
Symington said, “The goal of the program is the progressive implementation of 21st-century, evidence-based practices to support teachers to meet the needs of all students.”
To best accommodate school administrators’ schedules, the program is offered in hybrid format, with a combination of face-to-face and online classes once per week. The program includes 10 courses taken over two years, for 30 total credits.
Among the classes are Strategic Planning & Program Assessment, Leading Teaching and Learning, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Educational Policy. The classes help students develop skills in effective leadership, school district visioning and strategic planning, data-driven analysis, evaluating teacher/program for growth, and handling conflict. The program also focuses on strategies and outcomes to promote success for all students, i.e., living in poverty, those with special needs, or those whose first language is not English
Visit www.madonna.edu/grad for more information or to apply for the program.
Accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Madonna University’s College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs that develop professional, highly effective teachers who are passionate about their students, schools and teaching. Undergraduate programs include child development, physical education, sport management and elementary and secondary education. Other master’s programs include: autism spectrum disorders, Catholic school leadership, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, learning disabilities, online teaching, literacy, teaching English to speakers of other languages and higher education and student affairs.