Hamline professor Simmon from the program Educational Specialist in front at Hamline building

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Lead your school to innovation and transformation. School districts are looking for leaders who will help their students succeed from day one. With Hamline’s Educational Specialist (EdSp) degree, you'll learn the skills required to implement impactful change, build fruitful relationships, and become a culturally responsive and effective educator-leader. Our program will help you:

  • Receive your administrative licensure as a principal, superintendent, or director of special education
  • Develop the skills and strategies to create equitable and innovative learning environments
  • Design an action-based research project to address a structural or practice problem in your school or district

Educational Specialist program highlights

Find the right balance of work and school With our online format with weekend residencies, you'll have the flexibility of online courses with limited on-campus instruction.
Start sooner You can apply and begin the program any term, including summer term.
Finish faster Complete your administrative license at your own pace—even in as few as 24 months.

Completing any licensure program serves as preparation for an initial or additional licensure in the State of Minnesota. For more information regarding Minnesota educator licensure requirements, visit the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board website.