This is a content holder for the one button emergency notification system.

Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership (Non-Licensure)

professor in classroom

Bridgewater State University’s long history of close collaboration with regional school systems and its tradition of leadership in areas such as special education, literacy education, teacher mentoring and professional development contribute to the depth and strength of its educational leadership programs.

Program Highlights

The Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership program is designed for educators holding a master's degree who are interested in promoting effective practice and managing change wisely in their educational communities and professional lives. A 30-credit curriculum balances content and pedagogical knowledge, focusing on building a basic understanding of the institutional, legal, fiscal and external political perspectives of education, as well as the technical and organizational systems that determine how those contexts affect teaching and learning. 

The EdS in Educational Leadership programs offers:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive teaching and administrative experience, as well as ongoing participation in educational research, scholarly publication and professional organizations
  • Accommodating schedules,including Friday evening and Saturday courses during the academic year, and four-week intensive courses during the summer
  • Prepractica and practica opportunities, enabling close collaboration with students from other programs within the College of Education and Allied Studies
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Benefits of a state institution that has been training teachers for more than 170 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out 

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Carol Young 

Program email:

facebook logo View our Facebook page

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application - A completed and $50 application fee
  • Master's Degree - A Master's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Resume - A resumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate studies
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor)
  • GPA - A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • MTEL or GRE - A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement on the candidate's philosophy of educational leadership and school reform

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment.
Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.



Core Courses
EDLE 601 - Ed Leadership and School Reform
EDLE 669 - Concepts and Cases in School Law
EDLE 674 - Designing and Evaluating the School/District Professional Learning Community
EDLE 676 - Managing Resources: Human, Financial, Facilities
EDLE 566 - School Plant Planning and Administration
EDLE 675 - Research Issues
EDLE 677 - Systems Planning
EDLE 678 - Curriculum Development 
EDLE 681 - CAGS Externship

Additional Courses

One course (three credits) elective from any 500 or 600 level graduate course offered in the College of Education and Health Sciences, as approved by the program advisor.

Total Minimum Credits: 30

Search Courses

 *Please see the Graduate Academic Policies section of the Graduate Academic Catalog for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Ian Barkon is a music educator with a passion not just for music but for teaching and learning. Prior to starting the Educational Leadership program, he looked at several programs, and Bridgewater had the courses hew was looking for.

Ian Barkon
“I entered the program looking to become a department head in my school, but my advisor told me that I could do an internship and take some advanced classes and earn my certificate as a principal or assistant principal. She did a great job steering me onto a path and encouraging me to take it to the next level.” 
-Ian Barkon, Music Teacher, Hull High School

Phyllis Gimbel joined the faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership as an educational leader herself. A former teacher and principal, she respects the future academic leaders she trains just as she once did her students in French and Spanish: “I learn as much from my graduate students as I have learned anywhere else.”

Phyllis Gimbel
“The small classes allow for deep dialogue – real conversations, with healthy tensions and different perspectives. With their different experiences, students have such different responses to readings and other material; it’s like a work of art – everyone interprets differently, based on what they are bringing to the discussion. Each of us learns from all of the others.”  
-Phyllis Gimbel, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Secondary Education and Professional Programs

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page

Program Learning Outcomes for Education Specialist (EdS) Educational Leadership Program – Non-Licensure (September 2021)

In alignment with the mission of the BSU and accreditation of NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education), the Educational Leadership program objectives articulate student learning outcomes for all EdS non-licensure candidates.

The difference between the EdS program for licensure and non-licensure is that the non-licensure program prepares the completer to be an educational leader without specific preparation to be licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in administrator fields (i.e. Principal, Special Education Administrator etc.)  The EdS non-licensure program is 30 credits.

Completers of the program will:

  1. Develop, articulate, and implement a shared vision of leadership that serves and unites all students in the school community through effective teaching in a learning environment that serves common purposes while demonstrating an understanding of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, diversity, and its relationship to leadership practice.
  2. Be grounded in principles of rigorous scholarship and exemplary practice that prepares for the growth of students and the success of outstanding leaders in K-12 and non-k-12 organizations/institutions and provides the appropriate resources to keep the learning environment safe yet effective and efficient.
  3. Demonstrate a solid knowledge base, sophisticated reasoning skills, and effective partnerships with stakeholders that support the mission of the school and district to navigate clear directions and to make informed choices and decisions that lead to increased learning, the growth of students, and the success of all staff.
  4. Make nurturing and sustaining contributions to the cultures of schools and communities informed by recognition of continuous learning for staff, of environment of increased expectations for students and staff, and of the demands of local, state and federal agencies for increased levels of performance in all areas to promote success for all students.
  5. Establishes operational systems, procedures and routines that ensures a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment using sound fiscal planning to implement appropriate curriculum, staffing and scheduling.
  6. Further the knowledge of leadership and related educational disciplines by engaging, producing, and communicating research to gain the scholarly, academic, and leadership foundation necessary to teach and lead at all levels of education.

Curriculum: 30 Credits (10 courses)

  • EDLE 601Intro to Ed. Leadership & School Reform
  • EDLE 669 Legal Aspects of School Administration
  • EDLE 674 Designing the School/District Professional Learning Community
  • EDLE 675 Research Issues for School Leaders
  • EDLE 676 Managing Human & Financial Resources
  • EDLE 677 Systems Planning
  • EDLE 678 Curriculum Development
  • EDLE 566 School Plant Planning
  • EDLE 681 Externship (Comprehensive Exams)
  • Elective (One (three credit) 500 or 600 level CEHS graduate course, as approved by program advisor)
Graduate Student in classroom
View this PDF for an overview of the College of Graduate Studies.
Grad students in class
View our graduate events page to RSVP to information sessions, workshops and seminars.
Movement Arts Halth Promotion Leisure Studies Classroom
Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.
A Studying Graduate Student
Create an account to start your application to a graduate program today!