Educational Leadership Program


For those administrators looking for the next step in their career, the Ed.S. is the highest academic credential offered by the Salem School of Education. This 30 hour post-master’s program prepares educational administrators to take on the highest level of responsibility in school administration: Superintendent. Graduates also are prepared to be principals or general supervisors. Others may find the coursework to be the next step in their careers in a non-academic setting.

Our Educational Specialist (EdS) program emphasizes the development of practical skills and knowledge, focusing on topics and issues that you will need to provide effective leadership. Salem University’s long history has a university with an international and multicultural emphasis means you will have a true global perspective to pull from as you tackle the problems and challenges of guiding a modern educational setting


Salem University recognizes that most educators pursue the next step to their career while also still teaching in the classroom, which is why we offer our Master’s in Educational Leadership online. We choose to utilize the unique relationship between you and your employing school district as a benefit, not a detriment, to the program, and all educational leadership fieldwork or internship experiences during the degree track can be completed where you live.

The Salem School of Education is nationally accredited under Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation system The Education Specialist program is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). This designation will facilitate a more effective path to licensure in your home state.


Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or you can apply now. It should be noted that the School of Education has an additional program-specific application. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University.

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