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What You Will Learn in GCU’s EdS in K-12 Leadership

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Grand Canyon University’s Education Specialist (EdS) in K-12 Leadership program is designed to help education professionals advance their teaching skills and grow their leadership abilities. Some of the common career outcomes for graduates of the EdS program include school counselor, school administrator or curriculum director. If you’re an educator and want to further your teaching skills and enter a leadership role in your field, then GCU’s EdS in K-12 Leadership may help you achieve your professional goals. This program also does not have a dissertation or Residency requirement, providing appeal and convenience to some learners.

Read on to discover some of what you will learn in this degree program:

History and Politics of K-12 Education

Coursework in this EdS program will provide you with an overview of the history and politics of K-12 education, as well as the political landscape and ethics that influence K-12 education.

Building a K-12 Community

While earning this degree, you will explore relations with K-12 education stakeholders, including the community, education boards, staff, faculty, parents and students. You will also study how building a K-12 community, implementing staff professional development measures and utilizing alumni relations can help create and sustain a diverse learning infrastructure. Later, you will examine the establishment of a shared mission and vision among stakeholders for strategic planning in K-12 education.

Leadership Strategies and Theories

In this EdS program, you will explore influential leadership theories along with their development and evolution. You will also explore current and emerging leadership strategies and practices for K-12 education and how they can be used to improve student outcomes. Additionally, you will look at what leadership is needed for effective team leading and collaboration, as well as the Professional Learning Communities reform model and what mechanisms make it successful.

Grand Canyon University’s EdS in K-12 Leadership can help you advance your skills and become a leader in the field of education. If you’d like to learn more, then visit the College of Doctoral Studies website or click the Request More Information button that you see on this page.