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Educational Leadership & Special Education Administration, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs – Courses & Requirements

This program is 39 credit hours, which can be completed online in as few as 7 or 8 academic terms (less than 3 years). You will earn dual licensure as a Principal* and Special Education Director, and either an Master of Arts (MA) or Educational Specialist (EdS) degree.

*Note: this program will prepare graduates for Principal Licensure in Colorado. Residents of other states may be eligible for reciprocal recognition or your advisor will work with you on state-specific licensure requirement needs.

Degree Requirements (39 Credit Hours)

Educational Leadership Courses (21 Hours)

ELPS 601 Leadership Development through Inquiry (3)

ELPS 603 Shaping Organizations: Management & Leadership in Education (3)

ELPS 604 Understanding People: Professional Development and Educational Leadership (3)

ELPS 650 School Finance and Budgeting (3)

ELPS 654 Instructional Leadership and Supervision (3)

ELPS 660 Law and the Administrator (3)

ELPS 670 The Principalship: Leadership at the School Site Level (3)

Special Education Administration Courses (9 Hours)

EDSE 680 Administration and Supervision of Special Education (3)

EDSE 681 Administrative Planning & Program Evaluation in Special Education (3)

EDSE 718 Advanced Seminar in Education of Students with Hearing and/or Visual Handicaps (3)

Research (3 Hours)

MA degree students: SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)

EdS degree students: SRM 670 Evaluation: Models and Designs (3)

Field-Based Learning (6 Hours)

Field-based learning experiences will involve 360 hours of internship experience in your home school to expand your leadership and help you apply principles learned in your academic coursework.

ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership (3)

EDSE 697 Externship in Special Education: Administration (3)

Comprehensive Exam

Students must obtain a passing grade on a final comprehensive exam, which is a “take home” essay that requires students to apply the knowledge gained in coursework from both disciplines to address a practical educational leadership organizational dilemma.


See the official UNC graduate catalog listing for the MA degree option and the EdS degree option.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
24-32 months (varies by delivery location)
$575/credit hour

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