Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Administrative Leadership

Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

Online 36 major credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online program

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

Develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings

Focus on the development of leadership skills


Designed for the teaching practitioner, instructional coach, lead teacher, and others who wish to work in educational leadership capacities related to curriculum development or assessment.

What You Learn

The Educational Specialist degree is designed for those individuals who have completed master’s degrees and wish to enhance their own professional development. Candidates will develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings for application in a variety of educational settings. In addition, candidates will focus on the development of leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies. Ed.S. candidates complete the same courses as Ed.D. candidates, but the Ed.S. program requires only the mentored residency and professional portfolio rather than the dissertation. 

Program Format:

This is an online program; the student will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, the student will typically finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. During the summer, the student will complete up to four
courses. Following this schedule, the student will complete the program in approxi­mately 2 years.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will have earned an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.

Degree Requirements

Number Title Hours
EDUC 637 Topics in the Content Field 3
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 671 Curriculum and Instruction Strategies 3
EDUC 672 Evaluation for Continuous Improvement 3
EDUC 720 Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles 3
EDUC 721 Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis 3
EDUC 722 Organizational Leadership Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change 3
EDUC 740 The Teacher as Leader 3
EDUC 741 Diversity and Exceptionality Practice and Theory 3
EDUC 750 Mentored Residency Internship and Professional Portfolio 3
Cognates Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
Cognates Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
EDUC ANRVW Annual Review 0
EDUC CAPS Capstone 0
Total for Degree: 36
Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change.