May 24, 2022
The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree is designed for individuals seeking advanced positions in K-12 schools and other learning organizations. The EdS is a field-focused degree that equips educators as expert practitioners to lead the field by developing curricula, supervising instruction, and leading out in instructional improvement and educational change. This program requires a research-based empirical project (EDCI 799) and requires 32 semester hours post-MA. Students may choose to complete the EdS en route to a doctoral degree.
This program is offered on campus and as a synchronous, interactive online program. Most courses are offered in the synchronous dual format (see School of Distance Education definitions). Online students are encouraged to come to campus for graduation.
Electives - 5+
- Choose elective courses in consultation with academic advisor to complete 32 credits. Suggested courses include:
Admission decisions are based on the overall profile of each applicant. The applicant profile consists of information that indicates personal “fit” with the Curriculum and Instruction program and potential for success in the program. The C&I Program accepts applications on a rolling basis, with students being able to begin their course of study during any semester. In addition to application materials required of all graduate school applicants, the following items are of particular importance:
- Indicate whether you are applying for the on-campus or the online interactive program
- A 500-word statement of purpose explaining how your professional goals fit with the mission of the Curriculum and Instruction program. Identify the concentration you plan to complete.
- Recommendation forms and letters from professionals. Do not submit recommendations from relatives or current students.
- A completed Professional Experience form.
- A current resumé or curriculum vita (CV).
- Official transcripts from all schools where undergraduate or graduate courses were taken.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam scores.
- Documentation of English proficiency (see University Graduate Programs General Admission Requirements for details).
Please consult the Graduate Programs Admission section of this bulletin for complete information regarding admissions requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will:
- Explain worldviews and trace their historical development.
- Critique worldviews from a Christian perspective.
- Integrate principles of a Christian worldview into their chosen fields of study.
- Describe human development.
- Apply current theories of learning.
- Facilitate change in groups and organizations.
- Relate effectively with various cultural, racial and special interest groups.
- Identify political and legal issues.
- Manage human, financial and material resources.
- Demonstrate servant leadership.
- Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and non-verbal forms.
- Use electronic tools effectively for professional communication, teaching and research.
- Read and evaluate research.
- Conduct research.
- Report research findings.
- Demonstrate continuing professional development.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior in all professional activities.
- Demonstrate balanced physical, mental, spiritual and social development.