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.
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.
This program allows a summer start only, typically in late May
dependent upon local school district calendars. Visit our Graduate Tuition Rates for the most up-to-date tuition and fees information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or
Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200 or 1.800.274.4723 x7200