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Education and Human Services—Educational Specialist Program


The growing complexity of the educational enterprise has created a need for professionals with additional training for public and private schools, federally and state-funded programs, higher education, and adult development programs.

This Ed.S. program is designed to enhance individual capabilities for leadership in the roles of superintendents, supervisors, principals, higher education staff, and adult development personnel.

The program emphasizes the achievement of competence in such areas as leadership, institutional change, decision-making, organizational structure and theory, and communication processes. Further, the program focuses upon the development of broad understanding and experiences across the professional field, the acquisition of in-depth knowledge in a specific area of educational leadership, the acquisition of concepts from related fields of knowledge, and a planned field experience which will integrate the concepts, skills, and attitudes acquired in formal course settings.


In addition to meeting requirements for admission established by the School of Graduate Studies (these requirements can be reviewed at this Web site http://www.wright.edu/academics/catalog/grad/admissions/), candidates for these degrees who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement to waive the GRE or MAT, must submit satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, unless otherwise noted (see Waiver of GRE/MAT).

All students considering graduate-level courses in education and human services should do so with the understanding that graduate study differs in quality expectations from undergraduate study. Graduate study requires that students be increasingly self-directed and possess strong analytical skills. Students are not guaranteed a master’s degree by attending and completing courses. Exit requirements must be met in all programs.

Admission to the College of Education and Human Services is based on the candidate’s written statement of purpose, consideration of undergraduate and/or graduate cumulative grade point average, submission of satisfactory scores on either the MAT, GRE, and letters of reference.

Technology Policy
For admission to the college, all College of Education and Human Services students, graduate and undergraduate, part-time and full-time, will be expected to certify that they own or have access to a computer and the Internet.

In order to meet the mission of the college “…to prepare professionals to meet the educational and human services needs of a diverse, democratic society,” it is necessary for our students to play an active role in the technological environment the college and Wright State University are creating to assist in the completion of this mission. An increasing number of classes and options will become available to students using a variety of distributed learning formats; library resources are available in a growing number of full-text formats, and global connections via telecommunications will be part of daily operations. Students preparing to become professionals in education and human service areas must demonstrate appropriate and effective skills and knowledge in technological aspects of their work.

Minimum equipment requirements are recommended by Wright State University’s Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS). Please check the following Web Site http://www.wright.edu/cats/purchase/pcguidelines.html for current information about minimum equipment requirements.

The college supports Macintosh computers in faculty and staff offices and maintains a computer lab. Wright State University has purchased a site license for most Microsoft software (see the Web page for Wright State’s Computing and Telecommunications Services, http://www.wright.edu/cats/ for details).

Admission Standards
Admission into regular status requires an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 grading system) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5, but with a 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. Admission into this status also requires approval by a degree program.

Candidates with a grade point average of less than 2.3 on a 4.0 grading system are not ordinarily admitted to graduate school. A petition process is available to formally request admissions not having met an admission standard. . Candidates for admission to certain programs in the Departments of Educational Leadership and must meet additional requirements, which include letters of references.

Admission to the educational specialist degree program is based on the following criteria:

1. Three letters of recommendation from persons who know your work
2. Graduate Record Examination*
3. Appropriate professional experience
4. Interview with members of the Education Leadership faculty
5. A grade point average of 3.5 in previous graduate work
6. Earned master’s degree from regionally accredited post-secondary institution

*Miller Analogies Test is accepted for students not planning to apply to a doctoral program.

Students who have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better, or who have an average between 2.3 and 2.5 with 2.7 or better in the last half of undergraduate work, may be granted conditional admission.

Regular admission to the College of Education and Human Services is granted after successful completion of 12 hours of course work with a grade of B or better in each course.

Nondegree Status
Persons who have a bachelor’s degree may enroll in nondegree status for graduate courses without being admitted to a graduate program. If you wish to enroll in a degree program, only 50 percent of such credits may be applied to a degree program if they are appropriate, with the exception of the Department of Human Services, which only allows 12 hours of nondegree credit to be applied to one of its degree programs.


Gregory R. Bernhardt (dean), education, counselor education
Charles W. Ryan, higher education

Associate Professors
Kathy Adams, educational leadership
Thomas Diamantes, educational leadership
Scott Graham (chair), educational leadership/organizational leadership
Grant Hambright, educational leadership
Jill Lindsey, educational leadership
Doug Roby, educational leadership

Assistant Professors
Roger Carlsen, educational leadership
Joanne Risacher, educational leadership/student affairs in higher education

Glenn Graham, educational leadership
Marguerite Veres, educational leadership

Program Description

Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership

Three concentrations are available, determined by master’s
degree concentration:

* Higher Education/Adult Continuing Education

* Advanced Curriculum and Instruction

* Superintendent

Samples of each concentration are shown below.

Course of Study

Sample Ed.S. Superintendent Program  
Required Courses 48-51
EDL 852 Statistical Analysis and Research Design 4
EDL 871 Management of the School 4
EDL 872 Staff Personnel Administration 4
EDL 873 Pupil Personnel Administration 4
EDL 874 School Business Management and Facilities 4
EDL 890 Practicum in School Administration 4
EDL 941 Planning Educational Futures 4
EDL 971 Superintendent/Staff/Board Relationships 4
EDL 986 Organizational Behavior in Education and Human Services 4
EDL 987 Administrative Leadership Skills 3
EDL 988 Research and the Educational Leader 3
EDL 999 Thesis 6 - 9
Total Quarter Hours 58-51
Total Quarter Hours with master's degree minimum 90

Sample Ed.S. Advanced Curriculum and Instruction Program
Major 19
EDL 852 Statistical Analysis and Research Design 4
EDL 941 Planning Educational Futures 4
EDL 986 Organizational Behavior in Education and Human Services 4
EDL 987 Administrative Leadership Skills 3
EDT 895 Administration and Supervision of Educational Technology 4
Research 12
EDL 988 Research and the Educational Leader 3
EDL 999 Thesis 9
Cognates/Electives 14
Total 45

Sample Ed.S. Higher Education/Adult Continuing Education Program
Major 36
EDL 920 History and Philosophy of Higher Education in the United States 4
EDL 921 Curriculum in Higher Education 4
EDL 922 Law of Higher Education 4
EDL 923 Instruction in Higher Education 4
EDL 924 Administration in Higher Education 4
EDL 926 The Community College 4
EDL 928 Internship In Higher Education 4
EDL 929 Role of Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education 4
EDL 768 Finance and Budget Management in Student Affairs in Higher Education 4
Research 6
EDL 999 Thesis 6
Cognates/Electives 3
Total 45
*Students must complete Educational Statistics, EDL 852, prior to enrolling in EDL 999-Thesis.

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