Education specialist graduate degree in leadership

Trevecca’s education specialist degree in accountability and instructional leadership (Ed.S.)  is specifically designed for those who are looking to make a difference as a dynamic leader in education. With this degree, administrators, instructional facilitators and teachers can learn about ways to improve student, school and district performance.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Jan. 17, 2023

All credit hours from this program can be transferred to Trevecca's Doctor of Education program.

Program Benefits

  • Complete your Ed.S. degree fully online in 15-16 months with no residency requirements.
  • Continue to work and focus on your other priorities while earning your degree, taking one course at a time with all materials delivered to you.
  • Utilize a built-in support system and complete your degree alongside others who are working toward similar goals through Trevecca’s cohort model.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.
  • Take advantage of an accelerated path toward an Ed.D. if you choose.
  • Become eligible for the Instructional Leadership License (ILL-B)

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s education specialist in accountability and instructional leadership program, you’ll become an expert in research, leadership styles, data, and accountability. You’ll also learn how to create and sustain effective environments to help low-performing schools; how to use data collaboratively to build healthy school cultures; how to close the achievement gap for students and schools; and how to recruit and retain effective professionals.

The Ed.S. program will also position you for continued licensure and education in your field. This degree leads to eligibility for the Instructional Leadership License (ILL-B). Also, all credits from the program are directly transferable to our Doctor of Education degree, which only takes an additional 30 credit hours to complete.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith and education intersect. We are committed to educating the next generation through servant leadership.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Cost/Credit Hour




Tuition Cost*


*$100 tech. fee assessed per course. Books are not included.

Instructional Leadership License

Graduates from the Ed.S. program may qualify for the Instructional Leadership license (ILL-B).

Requirements for the Instructional Leadership License - Beginning (ILL-B) for the state of Tennessee begins with the following process:

  • Complete required coursework in the accountability and instructional leadership program.
  • Pass state-required test (School Leaders Licensure Assessment – PRAXIS SLLA 6990).
  • Request ETS (Educational Testing Service) to send score to Trevecca Nazarene University.
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  • A master’s degree
  • Three years of verifiable full-time teaching experience.
  • An active teaching license, if you are seeking the administrative licensure that can be part of the program.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete the online application (it's free!).
  • Fill out FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.
  • Request a copy of your official transcript from your previous graduate institution.
  • Provide photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification. (This is only required for students enrolled in an online program.)
  • An enrollment counselor will contact you with the next steps.
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Career Opportunities

With Trevecca’s education specialist degree, you’ll be ready to advance your career and tap into higher earning potential. This degree will position you to be competitive in the following roles: 

  • Dean of instruction
  • Dean of students
  • Instructional coach
  • Assistant principal
  • Principal
  • District superintendent
  • District office supervisor

Many students choose to bridge to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program and earn their doctoral degree in education after completing this program.

“My experience at Trevecca expanded my ability to face challenges, deepened my faith, gave me lifelong friendships and ultimately helped me become a better version of myself.”

Jocelyn Benton Trevecca graduate