It's time to secure your promotion.

Looking to move up in your education career? The specialist degree in teacher leadership is for those committed to driving school improvement and those looking to take on leadership roles in the field. This 30-hour program means you can complete in as little as a year. 

Since Southeast has been preparing educators since 1873, you can feel confident in our history, our reputation, and our accreditation. We're consistently recognized for academic excellence by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings for institutions in the Midwest and fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. 

What to Expect

As a teacher leadership major, you’ll focus on five different areas of leadership in the education field to become a well-rounded candidate for your next promotion. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Participate in an innovative project-based learning curriculum 
  • Continue working, and balancing life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses. 
  • Engage in productive learning relationships with students from a variety of districts. 
  • Gain real-world experience with an internship experience in your district. 

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Professor in the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education

"My teaching philosophy centers on the attainment of knowledge development for educational leaders while engaging in solving real world problems over an extended time."

Dr. Margaret Dalton, Ph.D.

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Ed.S. Educational Administration Curriculum

The degree program is designed to be completed in five semesters including summer. Students should contact an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress. Students may begin the degree during any semester.

Admission Requirements

  • A graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The master’s degree
    must be appropriate to the student’s educational objective.
  • A valid professional teaching certificate.

Choose One of the Following Specialty Areas:  


  • EA707 Personnel Management in Education (3)  
  • EA709 Leadership and Communications (3)  
  • EA710 Leading District Improvement (3)  
  • EA737 Administration of Curriculum (3)  
  • EA743 Data for Continuous Improvement (3)  
  • EA755 Ethics, Law, and Policy (3)  
  • EA756 Financial Management and Leadership (3) 
  • EA760 Internship I: Specialist Level (3)  
  • EA761 Internship II: Specialist Level (3)  
  • EA785 School Plant Planning and Operation (3)  

Advanced Principalship or Special Education Director:  

Required Courses 
  • EA707 Personnel Management and Leadership (3) 
  • EA709 Leadership & Communications (3)  
  • EA710 Leading District Improvement (3)  
  • EA737 Administration of Curriculum (3) 
  • EA743 Data for Continuous Improvement (3)  
  • EA755 Ethics, Law, and Policy (3)  
  • EA756 Financial Management & Leadership (3) 
  • EA785 School Plant Planning and Operation (3)  
Choose 6 hours from the following  
  • EA760 Internship I: Specialist Level (3)  


  • EA761 Internship II: Specialist Level (3)  


With one year of experience as a building level principal or special education director, choose 6 hours of coursework from the following list: 

  • EA716 Innovative Practices in Teacher Leadership (3)  
  • EA718 Instructional Leadership Strategies (3) 
  • EA721 Data Driven Leadership for School Improvement (3)  
  • EA722 Equity in Educational Leadership Practices (3)  
  • EA727 Curriculum Development & Alignment (3) 

All prerequisites must be completed before any 700 level classes. Prerequisites are the courses required for principal certification.  

  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child  
  • EA625 Foundations of Educational Administration  
  • EA630 Elementary Administration  


  • EA635 Secondary Administration  
  • EA634 Supervision  
  • EA653 Curriculum for Educational Leaders  
  • EA646 & 656 Elementary Internship I & Internship II  


  • EA647 & EA657 Secondary Internship I & Internship II  
  • EA651 School Law  
  • EA655 School Business/Facilities Management/Public Relations  
  • EA660 Administration and Supervision of Special Education 
  • GR691 Methods of Research  

 The degree requirements in Educational Administration are based on (1) the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), (2) the National Education Leadership Preparation standards (NELP), and (3) the Missouri Leaders Standards. 

First Semester 

  • EA710 Leading District Improvement  
  • EA707 Personnel Mgmt. 
Second Semester 
  • EA755 Ethics, Law & Policy  
  • EA756 Financial Mgmt. and Leadership 

Third Semester 

  • EA709 Leadership and Communication  
  • EA737 Administration of Curriculum 

Fourth Semester 

  • EA785 School Plant Planning and Operation  
  • EA760 Internship I: Specialist 

 Fifth Semester 

  • EA743 Data for Continuous Improvement  
  • EA761 Internship II: Specialist 

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

What Can You Do with a Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership?

The Specialist in Teacher Leadership program prepares students to work in leadership roles in schools and school districts. While enhancing your instructional and leadership skills, the program also prepares students for non-certificated administration roles such as directors and coordinators of various operations in districts. 

The Specialist in Teacher Leadership program prepares you to take on roles as: 

  • Operations Specialist 
  • Curriculum and Data Specialist 
  • Instructional Technology Specialist 
  • Human Resource Specialist 
  • Instructional Coach 

Teacher Leadership by the Numbers

  • 98%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $63K

    Human Resource Specialists

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for human resource specialists is $63,490.

  • $66K

    Instructional Coordinators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an instructional coordinator is $66,970.

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