Education Specialist in Organizational Leadership

Becoming an Education Specialist will give you the skills necessary to effectively lead in resource development and organizational culture.

Becoming an Education Specialist will give you the skills necessary to effectively lead in resource development and organizational culture.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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ACU Online’s Ed.S. program is designed to equip professionals who are currently serving in positions of leadership within their organization, or for those seeking leadership roles who are not seeking the credential of a terminal degree, but are looking for a way to differentiate themselves.

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Our program is organized around five core competencies: personal development, resource development, collaboration and communication, organizational assessment, and organizational culture. Upon completing the Education Specialist program, you will know not only how to lead, but how to lead with purpose based upon the foundation of Christian vocation.


Higher Education
Conflict Management
Learning with Emerging Technologies
Positive Leadership

Required Hours

45 hours
2.5 year timeframe

Example Coursework

Theories and Practices of Effective Leadership
Self-Assessment in Leadership
Leadership in Diverse Contexts
Organizational Change

Upcoming Start Dates

March 9, 2021
May 4, 2021

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Brian Cole is the program director and associate professor for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Education Specialist in Organizational Leadership programs, helping equip leaders to become more effective scholar-practitioners within their organizational contexts, professional industries, and other spheres of influence. Most of Dr. Cole’s leadership experiences have been in higher education administration, particularly in the field of Student Development. Dr. Cole received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Specialization) at Western Michigan University, where he researched campus cultures and student activism at Christian colleges and universities. He earned his M.A. from Ball State University, B.A. from Anderson University (IN), and most recently, a certificate in Foundations of Christian Leadership at Duke Divinity School.


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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate insight about their own calling with their ability to influence organizations in a purposeful manner
  • Create, interpret, and administer practices with regard to resource management in organizational contexts
  • Design and implement messaging to build shared understanding and quality professional and personal relationships
  • Apply organizational assessment strategies to their organizational contexts
  • Demonstrate healthy leadership practices to influence organizational culture
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s and master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted.
  • Provide an academic writing sample.
  • Submit a current resume.
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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).