Advance your career with an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership

Are you an experienced educator ready to take  your leadership to the next level and make a lasting impact on your school or organization? Do you seek the advanced knowledge and skills to tackle complex challenges and drive positive change? Madonna University's Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Educational Leadership equips you with the tools and confidence to excel in central office positions, including curriculum and instructional directors, department chairs, and aspiring superintendents. 

Education Needs You!

7.3 Million

Students in the United States have a disability


Of college students grew up in a household below the poverty line. 

1 in 10

Students in US public schools speaks a native language other than English. 

Shape Learning Environments and Advance Equity

Our innovative curriculum goes beyond traditional leadership training, delving into critical areas like: 

  • Strategic planning and program assessment: Learn to evaluate and optimize systems for effective leadership decision-making. 
  • Leading teaching and learning: Master the art of cultivating environments that foster student engagement, growth, and equity, with a particular focus on supporting disadvantaged students, including those from low-income backgrounds, with special needs, or whose first language is not English. 
  • Data-informed leadership: Leverage data analysis to guide strategic planning and drive data-driven improvements. 
  • Collaboration and consultation for community engagement: Build strong partnerships and community engagement through effective collaboration and consultation skills. 
  • Leadership - vision into action: Develop the vision and skills to translate your ideas into impactful results. 
  • Organizational and school finance resource allocation: Gain expertise in resource management to maximize financial sustainability and achieve strategic goals. 
  • Legal and ethical issues in educational policy: Navigate the legal and ethical complexities of educational leadership with confidence. 

Customize Your Learning Journey

Choose from a variety of elective courses to align your program with your specific goals and interests, such as:

  • Research and educational practice: Deepen your research skills and apply them to solve real-world educational challenges. 
  • Organizational leadership and HR management: Develop expertise in human resource management practices for effective team building and talent development. 
  • Leadership in technology: Explore the power of technology in education and organizations. 
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Investing in Your Future

Earning an Ed.S in Educational Leadership is an investment in your professional growth and leadership potential. As a graduate, you'll be prepared to: 

  • Secure leadership positions in curriculum and instruction, special education, administration, and other central office roles. 
  • Champion equity and inclusion by implementing impactful strategies to support disadvantaged students. 
  • Leverage data-driven decision-making to drive positive change and improve learning outcomes. 
  • Command higher earning potential as a highly qualified and sought-after educational leader. 
  • Make a lasting impact on the lives of your students, colleagues, and communities. 
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Ready to amplify your impact as a transformative leader?

Contact Madonna University's graduate admissions team today to learn more about our Ed.S in Educational Leadership program and take the first step towards your leadership journey. 



Educational Leadership (MSEL)

The Master of Science in Educational Leadership is designed for part-time students with full-time work commitments.  This program follows national and State leadership standards and candidates are eligible for administrator certification in Michigan upon program completion.

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Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Innovation (Ed.D.)

This program extends leadership capabilities developed in the Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, as well as leadership related master’s degree programs (such as Education Leadership, Catholic School Leadership, Higher Education, Health Services Administration, Social Work).

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Faculty Bios

Anne-Marie Sladewski Assistant Professor

B.S. Central Michigan University

M.A. St. Joseph University

Ed.S. Oakland University

Ed.D. Michigan University


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Anne-Marie Sladewski

Director and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2023. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. Experienced professor and school-based and central office administrator with a demonstrated history of success and leadership in higher education. Her research interest includes collective responsibility of educational partnerships and improved learner outcomes.

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Michele HarmalaAdjunct Associate Professor

B.S. Eastern Michigan University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ed.S. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University


Michele Harmala

Leading to inspire learning, growth, and service!  Experienced professor and superintendent with a demonstrated history of success and leadership in higher education and the education management industry. Strong organizational professional skilled in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Talent Development and Performance Improvement, Program Evaluation, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, and Public Speaking.  Experienced professor with demonstrated history of developing and facilitating adult learning and scholarship in both online and face-to-face settings.

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Karen ObsniukDean, College of Education and Human Development

B.S. Wayne State University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University


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Karen Obsniuk

Karen L. Obsniuk, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 1996. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty, while working in K-12 schools as a teacher and school administrator. She completed her doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in curriculum, and her M.A. in English Literature, at Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of educational practice and action research

Her interests include educational change, K-12 student behavior, literacy intervention with at-risk students, and quality of work life issues for teachers. Her research has been mixed methods research primarily with pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, and EL learners. She is actively engaged in the field of education through her work at the State and local levels, serving on State committees and a local board. 

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Sue Ann Sharma

Chair of Graduate Education,


B.S. University of Michigan – Flint 

M.S. Oakland University 

Ed.S. Oakland University 

Ph.D. Oakland University 


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Sue Ann Sharma

Dr. Sue Ann Sharma is Professor and Chair of Graduate Education at Madonna University. With extensive experience in education, including having served as a curriculum director, literacy coach, and elementary teacher. In addition to her academic leadership, Dr. Sharma is the Director of the Early Childhood Education and Graduate Literacy programs within the College of Education.

Passionate about educational excellence, Dr. Sharma is dedicated to preparing teachers to address the diverse needs of learners. Her commitment extends to developing instructional literacy leaders, contributing to the future of education. As an advocate for literacy, she has actively served on the International Reading Association's Literacy Reform Task Force and holds the position of Past President at the Michigan Reading Association.

Sharma's academic pursuits focus on early childhood education, culturally responsive pedagogies, digital curation, and online teaching and learning. Through her research, she aims to advance knowledge in these critical areas, contributing to the ongoing evolution of effective educational practices. A respected figure in academia, Dr. Sue Ann Sharma continues to inspire and shape the educational landscape, leaving an indelible mark through her leadership, research, and commitment to fostering excellence in teaching and learning.

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