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Educational Leadership (EdS)
Educational Leadership (EdS)
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Become the model of success for your students

The Educational Leadership Specialist (EdS) program provides you with an area of educational specialization — with an emphasis on practice — to prepare you for administrative positions within a school system, such as elementary, middle and high school principal or superintendent.

Through this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • effectively run urban schools
  • design and implement curriculum
  • develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • positively impact school culture by meeting the needs of diverse student populations

The EdS program offers advanced study beyond a master’s if you’re not interested in pursuing a doctoral degree that requires a culminating dissertation or capstone. And by earning an EdS degree, you'll increase your skills for advanced licensure requirements or to meet state or professional requirements that can often be beneficial for your own career advancement and development in the field.

All in-person classes meet in the evenings on the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in just over three years.

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Lead yourself — and your students — to success

DePaul is partnered with Chicago Public Schools, the fourth-largest public school district in the country, the Archdiocese of Chicago, the nation’s largest private school system and suburban public, independent and charter schools throughout the Chicago area. You’ll have access to leaders in the field who can help guide your career.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a writing sample.

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Required Courses

You’ll take six core courses, five research courses, an elective, five concentration courses and choose between a capstone or a dissertation. An internship is required for superintendent licensure.

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The average reported salary for Educational Leadership graduates was $52,000.

Alumni Network

You’ll join a community of like-minded educators and administrators in schools of all shapes and sizes. With alumni serving in leadership roles in public and private grade schools, high schools, colleges and universities, you’ll be connected to the expertise and support necessary to become a transformational leader.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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