Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin 
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin

Curriculum and Instruction EdS

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.

Delivery: This program is offered on campus and online. Most interactive online synchronous courses are taught to in-person students simultaneously (see School of Distance Education  Definitions). Online students are encouraged to come to campus for graduation.

Total Credits - 32+

Admission Requirements

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:

  • Demonstrate competence at an advance level in a range of transferable skills with special attention to written and oral communication, ethical reasoning, and research.
  • Achieve a comprehensive and critically-aware knowledge of curriculum and instruction [including a concentration area, as appropriate] and appreciation of how it relates to other fields of study; and, at the doctoral level, contribute to the applied and/or theoretical knowledge in that field.
  • Critique or enrich from a Seventh-day Adventist faith perspective key ideas, techniques, or methods at the forefront of the field of curriculum and instruction.
  • Examine and practice moral, intellectual and theological virtues within the field of curriculum and instruction from a Biblical worldview.
  • Operate autonomously in complex and unpredictable contexts to address needs of diverse communities using advanced skills and knowledge from the curriculum and instruction field in a manner consistent with Christian thought and practice.