TabsOverview Completing an education specialist degree online prepares candidates for professional practice in various learning environments. Opportunities for individuals with advanced graduate degrees in education include school leadership, organizational training and education, administration of education programs, program and curriculum design in both traditional and computer mediated settings. This online Specialist degree in Education is an attractive option should one be interested in a program specialization leading to initial principal/administrator licensure in most states. Many people pursue their EdS degree online in order to meet state or professional requirements for career advancement, including educational leadership, educational administration, higher education/adult continuing education, advanced curriculum and instruction, and technical education. JIU’s advanced and doctoral programs emphasize theory through research that focus on real-life problems and real-life solutions. The JIU School of Education EdS in K‑12 Education Leadership program requires each student to demonstrate his/her mastery of program content which includes the role of law, governance, public education, or the political, cultural, or economic context as supported by educational research. Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards will also be mastered through the course curriculum. Thus, students graduating will have developed as critical thinkers, leaders, and researchers. Candidates who are interested in online educational specialist degree programs should consider the EdD in Adult Education Leadership and EdD in K-12 Education Leadership. Contact us today to see if one of these programs is right for you. Education Specialist K-12 Education Leadership Admission Requirements Applicants who are admitted into the Education Specialist (EdS) program have met the following admission requirements: Submit a completed application. Submit official transcripts that document an earned: Masters of Education (MEd) or a related degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a regionally-accredited college or university (or its international equivalent.) Bachelors degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 from a regionally-accredited college or university (or its international equivalent). Candidates must submit an FBI Background Check prior to taking their first field experience course. See below for additional Background Check Requirements. Submit proof of an active professional state-endorsed K-12 teaching, principal or administrator's license/certificate. Candidates need to research their state licensure requirements prior to applying. See our State Disclosure web page for more information. Submit a professional resume detailing teaching and/or administrative experience. Sign and submit K-12 Educators Program Checklist. Sign and submit the Professional Dispositions Survey. Sign and return the Candidate Disclosure of Criminal Background form. Background Check Requirements New students to the School of Education who enroll in K-12 programs requiring a field experience (MEd in K-12 for Licensed Educators, MEd in K-12 Leading to Initial Licensure, EdS in K-12 Education Leadership, EdD in K-12 Education Leadership) must submit their fingerprints to the FBI for a background check. The FBI background check is not an admission's requirement but is required prior to taking the first field experience course. The process of obtaining a background check from the FBI can take up to twelve weeks. It is important that students order a background check from the FBI immediately after admission to JIU’s School of Education. Students may begin their studies but will be limited to taking two classes (neither of which includes a field experience) and will not be allowed to continue until the FBI background check is on file. The Registrar’s Office will audit the files weekly until the background check information is received. The Registrar takes appropriate action if the FBI background check is received that indicates a criminal history. Students who have a criminal history may be dismissed from the program. The following link will provide additional information regarding the background checks. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks. Transfer Credits For specific information about the transfer of credit, click here. International Students Students with degrees and/or academic credit from institutions outside the United States click here to learn more about enrolling at JIU. Credit for Prior Learning Follow this link for more information about Credit for Prior Learning. Applied Credit Students in the JIU EdS degree program may apply up to 33 credit hours ONLY towards the JIU EdD in K-12 Education Leadership degree program. Licensure EdS and EdD K-12 Leadership Applicants seeking K-12 Leadership Licensure must submit State Licensure Exam Scores to the Registrar no later than by the end of the first year of study and prior to Clinical Practice. EdD K-12 Leadership Applicants not seeking K-12 Licensure: Already possess a K-12 Leadership License: Submit test scores to the Registrar by the end of the first year of study and prior to Clinical Practice. No license and not seeking licensure: Submit a well-written admissions essay detailing your reasons for seeking an EdD in K-12 Leadership, professional goals, and research objectives (1000 word minimum). EdS K-12 Leadership Applicants must meet all licensure requirements. EdD Adult Education is not a licensure program; thus, Applicants are not required to meet licensure requirements.