Elementary Education: Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction
Education Specialist candidates complete 60 hours of graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree (30 hours above the M.Ed.). The Education Specialist degree offers candidates a program with emphasis in elementary education and is intended for candidates who wish to earn a post master's graduate degree that leads to an AAA certification. All Education Specialist candidates complete a manuscript for submission to a peer reviewed periodical, present the manuscript to departmental faculty, and complete 65 clock hours of field-based learning opportunities.
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)
- Results from a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a graduate program successfully. These include but are not limited to: Passing Score on Praxis II Content Field, or Passing Score on Praxis II PLT, or competitive Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE: all sections).
- Statement of Professional/ Academic Goals
- Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
- April 1 (summer and fall admission)
See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.
Graduates who earn an Ed.S. exemplify the highest standards of teaching and serve as mentors to others in their fields. They apply personal and systematic reflection to all aspects of professional growth and development. They possess extended knowledge of research as it applies to the classroom setting and they are able to utilize technology and research in order to improve their classrooms and schools through grantsmanship, focused inquiry and reflective practice.
Online/Regional Campus Options
Classes for the Ed.S. with emphasis in Elementary Education are offered at the regional campuses.