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School of Education

Department of Administration & Leadership



Educational Specialist, Ed. S., Administration and Leadership



The Ed.S. degree in School Administration and Leadership at La Sierra University will focus on the development of effective leadership. Your courses will focus on:

Historical and contemporary theories and research regarding leadership and organizational management

Important legal issues that face school teachers and leaders today

Understanding and recognizing good teaching and how to be a helpful instructional leader

Financing schools and the difficult issues related to school funding today

Field experiences which will offer you the opportunity to practice leadership functions atthe school level

and other fascinating topics . . .

This program is focused on the pursuit of excellence through support and enhancement of educational leaders. This excellence is fostered through the discovery of meaning and purpose in the development of administrative and leadership skills.


Admission to La Sierra University and an earned master’s degree which includes the following courses or their equivalents.

EDAD 524Education Organization and Leadership (3)
EDCI 514Curriculum Planning (3)
EDPC 540Principles of Counseling (3)
EDRS 504Methods and Materials of Research (3)
EDCI 512Faith and Learning (3)




To build an area of leadership emphasis, the program will include a minimum of 45 units in addition to the prerequisites. These units should include the following:

School of Education Core Courses (15 units) The following courses represent the core requirement for all School of Education, Educational Specialist degrees:

EDAD 687

Leadership in the Organization

EDAD 688

Moral Leadership

EDFO 606

Sociology in Education

EDPC 607

Dynamics of Personality

EDRS 604

Educational Statistics I

Department of Administration & Leadership Core Courses (6 units)

EDAD 676:  School and the Community
EDAD 695:  Organizational Systems & Culture

EDAD Specialization Courses (9 units)

EDAD 640:  Professional Development
EDAD 684: School Business & Facilities Management
EDAD 690:  Communication in the Organization

Elective Courses (15 units) are to be determined in consultation with department advisor and are to become a part of the student's approved program.

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or higher is required for successful completion of this program. A grade of B (3.00) or higher is required for each course that is required for the program.


Specialist in Education, Ed.S., Administration and Leadership Objectives

Candidates successfully completing a Specialist in Education

  • Articulate administrative issues as well as their causes & implications, think critically, and write competently.

  • Refine and apply fluent research skills.

  • Refine and apply their understanding of the moral/ethical dimensions of educational leadership and management theory and practice

  • Evaluate the theories, concepts and research findings of the discipline.

  • Evaluate and apply the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards.

  • Be conversant with, and evaluate, the theorists and/or books identified in the Ed.S./Ed.D. Reading List.


Reading List

Degree and credential candidates enrolled in the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs should be conversant with the following theorists and books. Many of them will be addressed in classes, but not necessarily all of them. It is important for the candidate to be knowledgeable of each of these prior to scheduling and taking the qualifying examination.


Bolman, Lee G., & Terrence E. Deal. (2003) Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-6427-1

* Buckingham, Marcus.  (2005).  The One Thing You Need to Know.  New York, New York:  Free Press.  ISBN 0-7432-6165-8

* Covey, Stephen. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Covey, Stephen.  The Eighth Habit.

Hackman, Richard J.  (2002)  Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Publishing Corp. ISBN 1-57851-333-2

Heifetz, Ronald A. (1994) Leadership Without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA:  The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN  0-674-51858-6

* Kotter, John P.  (1996).  Leading Change.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Press.ISBN 978-0-78584-747-4

Kouzes, James M. & Barry Z. Posner.  (2002).  The Leadership Challenge.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.  ISBN 0-7879-6833-1

Pojman, Louis P.  (2006)  Ethics:  Discovering Right & Wrong, 5th edition.  Belmont, CA:  Thompson Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-534-61936-7

* Sergiovanni, Thomas J.  (1999).  Rethinking Leadership.  Arlington Heights, Illinois:  SkyLight Training and Publishing Inc.  ISBN  1-57517-148-1

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Luke.  In a Bible translation of your choice.

* Signifies books that are on the M.A. Reading List.


In addition to the books listed above, students should have read some articles or chapters written by the following persons, and should be able to explain the main concept presented by them.

  • Bennis, Warren

  • De Pree, Max

  • Drucker, Peter

  • Fullen, Michael

  • Greenleaf, Robert

  • Senge, Peter

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