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Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership (LEED)!

LEED offers three degree programs: 

  • Master of School Administration (MSA)
  • Educational Specialist (EdS)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)

LEED also offers two non-degree licensure only programs:

  • Principal License (012)
  • Supervision License (113)

The Master of School Administration (MSA) is designed to prepare individuals to become school leaders. Program studies include a significant service-learning component.  ECU Faculty deliver MSA course content in an instructional environment that encourages and supports students to serve as problem-solvers, communicators, innovators, collaborators, and change agents in their respective schools and school districts.  A supportive school and district setting is essential for MSA students as they immerse themselves into these service-learning experiences.

The MSA is offered in regional cohorts via a hybrid model as a part-time evening program for working professionals as well as a full-time, on campus program during the day.

The Educational Specialist (EdS) is a post master's degree delivered 100% online and is designed to prepare individuals for senior level educational leadership roles. Program studies are adapted for the challenges of unique district level roles such as personnel administrator, curriculum supervisor, and directors of special program areas. Upon completion, individuals may upgrade previously held administrator licenses as well as earn the North Carolina superintendent license.

The Doctor in Education (EdD) degree in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare administrators for senior level leadership roles in K-12 or in higher education. This advanced level of preparation fosters the development of skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems. Program studies include leadership theory, human resource development, organizational theory, policy analysis, planning studies, curriculum and instructional leadership, and political systems analysis. The EdD is delivered using a hybrid model.  Upon completion, individuals may upgrade previously held administrator licenses as well as earn the North Carolina superintendent license.

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Art Rouse
Dr. Art Rouse named Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Art Rouse has agreed to accept the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs in the College of Education. Currently, Dr. Rouse is an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Educational Leadership (LEED) in the College.  He was a public school teacher and a secondary school principal prior to joining the faculty at East Carolina University.  Dr. Rouse has facilitated the effort to redesign graduate programs in the department to align Continue reading →

Tom Williams
Tom Williams Honored as Ralph Kimmel Award Recipient
NCPAPA | Dr. Thomas “Tom” Williams received the North Carolina Principal and Assistant Principals’ Association’s (NCPAPA) highest honor on March 30th.  Williams was presented with the Ralph Kimel award during the 2017 NCPAPA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with NCASA’s Annual Conference on Educational Leadership. Williams currently serves as the Director for Leadership Development Outreach for ECU’s Department of Education Leadership.  He has served with distinction as a developer and facilitator for NCPAPA’s Distinguished Leaders in Practice program. Previously, Williams served the public schools of Continue reading →

Dr. Levy Brown
Alumnus Levy Brown named vice president of student services at Vance-Granville Community College
Alumnus Levy Brown has been named vice president of student services at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson effective May 15. Brown received an ECU 40 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2016. The Division of Student Affairs created the awards in April 2015 to recognize emerging leaders who received their start at ECU as well as those who have used their ECU experiences to make significant impacts in their professions, communities and in the world. Brown received his bachelor’s degree in communication in 2002 and a Continue reading →

Three Amigos
Innovative University: the Advanced Degree Programs International Educators Need and Deserve
College of Education faculty members presented at the AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) Educator’s Conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on March 31 and April 1. Dr. Matthew Militello, Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership; Dr. Len Annetta, Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education; and Dr. Daniel Dickerson, Associate Professor of Science Education led a session, “Innovative University: The Advanced Degree Programs International Educators Need and Deserve.” “International educators face unique challenges as consumers of advanced degrees,” said Dr. Annetta. “These Continue reading →