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Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership & School Administration (ILSC)

The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education at Bellarmine University offers a principal certification preparation program for educators who already hold a master’s degree in education. Students will receive an Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership and School Administration through participation in a best practice, research based curriculum with a practical field experience.

“Educator as Reflective Learner”

With reflection at the core of effective leadership, the Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership and School Administration (EdS) program strives to prepare principals who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to take the risks necessary to effect positive changes in schools so that all children and adolescents can be successful.

The goal of the EdS program is to develop principals who, by employing continuous reflection of their own practice, will use their expertise to improve student learning and achievement by working in formal and informal ways to augment the professional skills of colleagues, to strengthen the culture of the school through professional learning communities, and to improve the quality of instruction through data-based decisionmaking. Principal candidates in this program will be challenged to reflect continuously upon: leadership components, coaching and mentoring, analysis of assessment data to impact instruction, strategies for closing the achievement gap through instructional best practices, the need to address equity and diversity in schools, and collaborative efforts to include colleagues, parents, and the community in comprehensive efforts for school improvement. Principal candidates will promote the success of each student by ensuring a leader-driven management style that provides the resources necessary for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

By employing continuous reflection, the aspiring principal candidate engages in authentic field experiences directly impacting the improvement of P-12 student learning and achievement. Furthermore, the candidate collaborates with the professional learning community to strengthen the culture of the school and to improve the quality of instruction through data-based decision-making.

NCATE Accreditation

All Bellarmine University Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education teacher education programs at the advanced level recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.

Tuition and Fees

This program allows a summer start only, typically in late May dependent upon local school district calendars. Summer 2016 tuition cost for the EdS program will be $360 per credit hour plus $45 per course fees.

Funding Assistance

School districts may apply tuition supports for this program, please contact your school district’s personnel specialist. As a degree seeking student in the EdS program, students should be eligible for federally supported forms of student aid. Financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at Bellarmine University (finaid@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.7300).

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200 or 1.800.274.4723 x7200
or gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu

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