Secondary Education: Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction

Program Description

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) with emphasis in secondary education is a thirty (30) hour program that provides educational development beyond the master's level. In this program candidates expand their pedagogical knowledge in writing and oral presentations as it pertains to their specific content area. Candidates are exposed to the skills needed for research and grant proposal writing as well as the skills needed for article submissions. The oral presentation component equips the candidates with the skills needed to create and deliver workshops and in-services to their professional peers. National and state standards are addressed with special emphasis on lifelong learning and development of leadership skills.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate coursework
  • AA License (or eligibility for) in the content or related area
  • 2 years teaching or relevant experience (letter from employer on letterhead)
  • NOTE REGARDING ADMISSION APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 SUMMER SESSION AND 2021 FALL SEMESTER: Due to COVID-19 precautions, standardized examinations, including the GRE, Praxis II Content Field, Praxis II PLT, are suspended for admission applications submitted for the 2021 Summer Session and 2021 Fall Semester.
  • Statement of Professional/ Academic Goals
  • Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms

Application deadlines:

  • April 1 (summer and fall admission)

See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.

Career Opportunities

Candidates who successfully complete the Education Specialist program with emphasis in Secondary Education obtain additional credentials to return to the 7 – 12 classroom as a better prepared instructor or to return to a school district as a curriculum coordinator. The Education Specialist program may also be used as a stepping stone to the doctoral program.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The full program of study for the Education Specialist degree with emphasis in Secondary Education is offered only at the Oxford campus. There are some on-line courses and a number of the courses needed are taught at the regional campuses. Typically a candidate can take at least half of the needed hours either on-line or at the regional campuses.

For More Information