Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Curriculum & 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 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

EDUC 638Foundations of Leadership3
EDUC 671Curriculum and Instruction Strategies3
EDUC 721Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis3
EDUC 740The Teacher as Leader3
EDUC 672Evaluation for Continuous Improvement3
EDUC 741Diversity and Exceptionality Practice and Theory3
EDUC 722Organizational Leadership Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change3
EDUC 637Topics in the Content Field3
EDUC 720Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles3
EDUC 750Mentored Residency Internship and Professional Portfolio3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
 Total for Degree:36
Please Note:

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