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