The Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals involved with the curriculum, teaching, and supervision aspects of discipline-centered areas of study. The EdS is a post-master’s graduate program that provides students an area of educational specialization with emphasis on practice. The degree culminates in a practicum experience working in a school setting. Education Specialists often become teacher leaders, Curriculum Specialists, Assessment Specialists, or Mentor Teachers in their districts.
Areas of concentration include: curriculum and instruction, early childhood, and special education.
The EdS in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30 semester hour program. Students take courses in their area of concentration at the specialist level (beyond the master's). The degree culminates in a practicum experience working in a school setting. Coursework can be completed on campus or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.
Admission to the EdS in Curriculum and Instruction
In addition to admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, admission to the education specialist program requires the following:
A master’s degree from an accredited institution
A well-written statement of purpose describing the student’s background and goals as well as the importance of the degree in achieving those goals and demonstrating the applicant's writing ability
Three letters of recommendation regarding the prospective student's ability and character to succeed in the graduate degree from academic professionals
The education specialist program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.
What to Submit with Your Application
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education
Statement of purpose
Three letters of recommendation
Requirements for the EdS in Curriculum and Instruction
For the Education Specialist degree, students must complete the following program requirements:
A minimum of 30 semester hours of approved graduate course work beyond the master's level (7000 or 8000 level)
An area of specialization in curriculum and instruction, early childhood, or special education
An education specialist practicum experience (CI 7940, CIEC 7940), which may include field experiences, internships, or other professional projects
In addition, no more than six semester hours of credit from any combination of workshops (7950), problems or special topics courses (7980), and independent studies (7990) may be included in the degree program.
All coursework and requirements of the specialist degree must be taken within a six-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.
Plan of Study
A plan of study identifying the courses for the specialist degree is required after 12 credit hours, generally at the end of the first semester of full time study. The specialist plan of study must include the following within the 30 semester hour minimum:
27 credits of specialization in curriculum and instruction, early childhood, or special education
3 credits of education specialist practicum
Licensure or endorsement may require additional semester hours to fulfill the credential requirements as well as degree requirements.
Guide for Developing a Plan of Study
Below is a guide for developing a Plan of Study for the Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in curriculum and instruction, early childhood, or special education. Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify specific courses to fulfill program requirements.
|Specialization in Concentration|
|Select 27 credits as approved by faculty advisor||27|
|Education Specialist Practicum|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Specialist Practicum In Curriculum And Instruction|
|Specialist Practicum In Early Childhood Education|