Educational Leadership

Education Specialist Admission Process


Step 1 – Application to the School of Graduate Studies

Please complete the Application for Admission to the WIU School of Graduate Studies before continuing with the Department of Educational Leadership application.

Step 2 - Application to the Educational Leadership Department

Step 3 - Writing Sample

Upon notification to the Educational Leadership office that you have been admitted into the Graduate School and your application, resume, and references are complete, you will be invited to schedule an appointment to produce a writing sample.

Step 4 - Completion of EDL 600 or EDL 640

Applicants receiving qualifying scores during the screening process will be invited to enroll in either EDL 600 or EDL 640. EDL 600 is offered in the Fall Semester, and EDL 640 is offered in the Spring Semester.

Step 5 - Formal Admission into the EDS Program

Upon successful completion of either EDL 600 or EDL 640 and a positive recommendation from the instructor of the course completed, students will be formally admitted into the program by action of the Graduate Committee. Students will then be permitted to register for the remaining EDL courses of the EdS degree.