Judith Herb College of Education

Education Specialist Degree Programs in Early Childhood and Special Education

The education specialist degree (Ed.S.) prepares instructional and administrative leaders to improve engagement,
effectiveness, and the quality of learning in elementary and secondary schools. Requiring a minimum of
30 hours beyond the master’s degree.

 The Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction is a highly-customizable program designed to meet the needs of
professionals involved in curriculum, teaching, and supervision. Concentration areas include early childhood education and special education.

Admission Requirements
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution with a minimum 2.7 grade point average (4.0 scale) and a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
2. Fill out an application to The Graduate School.
3. No GRE is required.

Program Requirements
1. In consultation with an advisor, complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the master’s level.
2. All course work for the Educational Specialist degree must be taken within a six-year period.
3. Programs require the completion of a culminating experience, which may include field experiences, internships, or other professional projects (e.g., CI 7940, CIEC 7940). 

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.

5. 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.

Last Updated: 7/18/19