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Educational Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education

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The 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.

The Ed.S. degree in Curriculum & Instruction:  Early Childhood Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals involved with the curriculum, teaching, and supervision aspects of early childhood education. 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
Dr. Ruslan Slutsky
or Dr. Joan Kaderavek.

Admission to this Ed.S. Program

Admission requirements to the Ed.S. program in early childhood education include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution and a master’s degree from an accredited institution.

  • The 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.

Requirements for Educational Specialist Programs

Completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved graduate coursework beyond the master’s level courses must be taken at the 7000 or 8000 level) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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 department chairperson, and the college associate dean for graduate affairs.

All course work for the Ed.S. must be taken within a six-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.

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.

The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and is authorized to offer degrees online. The Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science, and Human Services is accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

To learn more about the online program, interested persons should contact: onlineadmissions@utoledo.edu (419.530.8835) or

Dr. Ruslan Slutsky

Associate Professor
Early Childhood Physical & Special Education
419.530.4354

Dr. Joan Kaderavek

Distinguished University Professor
Early Childhood Physical & Special Education
419.530.2505

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Last Updated: 3/23/15