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Educational Specialist (EdS) Principal Licensure

Education leaders today deal with rapidly changing environments and need to be able to collaborate with others to develop sound policies, listen well to and facilitate diverse points of view and think critically while acting ethically. Through this program, you will develop a strong foundation and understanding of leadership in education. These skills will help you analyze and implement sound administrative policies, create successful strategies for change and put into service leading practices for the day-to-day needs of your schools.

Our principal licensure at the University of St. Thomas is designed for busy working professionals. Classes are typically held online or one evening per week and occasional Saturdays. This program is designed for individuals with a master's degree in educational leadership looking to fulfill required competencies for a K-12 Principal licensure, Superintendent licensure or Director of Special Education licensure. See the Education Specialist and Administrative Licensures flyer.



Jackie Grossklaus

Coordinator II
Phone Number
(651) 962-4885

Hear from our Expert Faculty

Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck recently discussed her thoughts on the challenges that will face school leaders after the pandemic, and how to overcome them.


Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

Asst. Professor, School of Education


EdS faculty are experienced practitioners and licensed administrators

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Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

Dr. Wharton-Beck began her career as a teacher for hearing impaired students in the Chicago Public Schools. Her leadership positions include mentoring and coaching teachers, serving as an adjunct faculty in higher education and as an elementary school principal.

Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck
Dr. Nichole Rens

Dr. Nichole Rens

’02 MA, ’05 EdS, ’17 EdD

During her 24-year education career Dr. Rens has been a director of curriculum and instruction, an elementary principal, curriculum coordinator and high school English teacher. In each role, her focus has been on the students and making sure that every decision is made with them in mind.

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Dr. Alecia Mobley

Dr. Alecia Mobley is the Director of Special Education for Richfield Public Schools. She has been in district-level leadership for the past eight years and is an expert in designing programs to effectively serve and support students who have typically been underserved by educational systems.

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Our Relationship with The National Urban Alliance

The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA) and the University of St. Thomas teamed up for a three-day Summer Institute focused on training K-12 educators to help every child reach their potential.

Read about the Virtual Summer institute