Education Specialist Degree Information

Judith Herb College of Education — Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree Programs

Admission to Educational Specialist Degree Programs

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • A master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Application to The Graduate School.

General Requirements for Educational Specialist Programs

  1. In consultation with an advisor, completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate coursework beyond the master’s level with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. All course work for the Ed.S. must be taken within a six-year period.
  3. Most programs require the completion of a culminating experience, which may include field experiences, internships, or projects.
  4.  No more than six semester hours of credit from workshops (5/7950), problems or special topics courses (5/7980 or 6/8980) and independent studies (5/7990 or 6/8990) may be applied to a specialist’s program.

Students are required to develop a plan of study with their adviser 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 adviser, the college associate dean for graduate programs and research and the Graduate School.


University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies (COGS)

Graduate Application Materials

 Earned Degree:

Four-year Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university required for:

  • All applicants.

Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university required for:

  • Education Specialist programs.
  • Doctoral degree programs (unless otherwise indicated by department/program).

Cumulative GPA:

A 2.70 cumulative GPA for all previous academic work. All applicants with less than a 2.70 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work are required to submit GRE scores.

Some programs may have higher GPA requirements. Refer to the specific program's admission criteria for more information.

Letters of Recommendation:

Depending on the program, one to three letters of recommendation are required. Refer to the specific program's admission criteria for the required number of letters of recommendation.

An optional online recommendation form is available on our admission forms webpage.

Transcript requirement:

The College of Graduate Studies requires official transcripts from all universities/colleges you are currently attending or have attended.

Official transcripts are those sent directly from the institution to the College of Graduate Studies. Transcripts not received directly from the institution will be considered unofficial.




Last Updated: 6/9/16