EdS in Special Education
Educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree is available through a post-master’s graduate program that provides students an area of educational specialization with emphasis on practice. Specific areas represented in the Department of Early Childhood, Higher Education, & Special Education are special education and early childhood education.
The Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction is designed to meet the needs of individuals involved with the curriculum, teaching, and supervision aspects of discipline-centered areas of study. The degree provides patterns of study for teachers and supervisors who want an education beyond the master’s degree as a specialist, but who are not interested in a doctoral degree. For the program and requirements of a specific area, contact a faculty advisor.
Admission requirements to the Ed.S. programs include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution and a master’s degree from an accredited institution.
- The three (3) letters of recommendation are expected from academic professionals to support the applicant's ability and character to succeed in the graduate degree.
- A statement of purpose is required to demonstrate writing ability and to describe the applicant’s goals and how the educational specialist degree supports those goals.
- Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved graduate coursework beyond the master’s level with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Students are required to develop a plan of study with their advisor that specifies the coursework that must be completed to fulfill degree requirements. This plan must be filed prior to the completion of 15 semester hours and must be approved by the advisor, the department chairperson, and the college associate dean.
- All course work for the Ed.S. must be taken within a six-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.
- Programs require the completion of a culminating experience, which may include field experiences, internships, or other professional projects (e.g., CI 7940, CIEC 7940).
- No more than a total of six semester hours of credit from any combination of workshops (7950), problems or special topics courses (7980) or independent studies (7990 or 8990) may be applied to a specialist’s program.