Educational Specialist (EdS) in Instructional Leadership and School Administration (Level I and Level II Principal Certification)
Our 30-hour EdS program is 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.
Need to maintain your certification? We offer the six-credit sequence required for Level II principal certification (below).
Why earn your EdS at Bellarmine?
Our 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.
Bellarmine's principal certification advanced program, with its theme "Educator as Reflective Learner," places high priority on educators ready to lead in an environment of school accountability and to face the challenges of the 21st century schools.
Reflective educators use their knowledge of content, practice, and pedagogy; knowledge of the learner; knowledge of self; skills in leadership and guiding the change process; and management of educational logistics and facilities to personally evaluate
This on-going process provides school leaders with a basis for self-evaluation of how well the acquired knowledge base relates to their current practice. The student will engage in constant performance-based evaluation through course work and leadership
field experiences across the program. Students are expected to enhance their skills as reflective practitioners, thus improving abilities to establish and guide their own personal and professional development. Candidates in this program will also
complete field hours as part of the program’s requirements.
Candidates in this program are assigned a university mentor who will work with the candidate through the duration of the program. Completers of the program will be eligible to serve as a principal or assistant principal, grades P–12.
Level II Certification
Do you currently hold the principal certification and need to complete
Level II to maintain your certification? We offer the required six hours
of Level II courses for your certification renewal—one in fall, one in
spring. The Level II certification is required within five years of
securing a position requiring an initial administrative certification
Contact Graduate Admissions to get started.