Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Educational Specialist


175 Sam Sibley Drive

Natchitoches, LA 71457

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ed.S.- Educational Leadership and Instruction

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Educational Specialist Degree Educational Leadership and Instruction (582) The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership and Instruction is a minimum of 30-hours beyond the Master’s degree. Pending the applicant’s transcript evaluation, additional coursework may be required.All applicants are required to be certified teachers and meet regular admission requirements to NSU’s Graduate School. Prerequisites include graduate level courses in Curriculum Development or Curriculum and Instruction (3-hours) and Instructional Improvement and Assessment or Educational Philosophy and Leadership (3hours). The following concentration areas are offered: Educational Leadership (582I) Educational Technology (582H) Special Education (582G) Core requirements for the Ed.S. include 15-hours of graduate credit as follows: Research (6-hours), Statistics (3-hours), and Thesis or Field Study (6-hours). A. Educational Leadership Concentration (582I) Core: Research (6-hours), Statistics (3-hours), and Thesis or Field Study (6-hours) Educational Leadership Concentration: Educational Leadership and related courses (24-hours) B. Educational Technology Concentration (582H) Core: Research (6-hours), Statistics (3-hours), and Thesis or Field Study (6-hours) Educational Technology Concentration: Educational Technology and related courses (24- hours) ONLINE C. Special Education Concentration (582G) Core: Research (6-hours), Statistics (3-hours), and Thesis or Field Study (6-hours) Special Education Concentration: Special Education and related courses (24-hours)


All degree programs at the bachelor’s level and those leading to add-on certification in education and those programs leading to the Master of Education, and Educational Specialist degrees are accredited by NCATE.

International Student Requirements:

Admission for International Students To be admitted for graduate study, international students must present to Northwestern State University an evaluation of their educational credentials by a United States professional evaluating service that has been approved by the university. International students must also meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, other documents required are: official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores (minimum score of 500 paper and 173 computer), an official Financial Statement Certification verifying bank funds available in U.S. dollars, an Educational Experience by Years list, a Health Form, and Immunization Record. All admission records must be on file at least 30 days prior to the date of registration. International students are only admitted on a conditional basis for the first 12 hours (see conditional admission).

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Remote Town

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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