Graduate School of Education

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Degree options include:

Note: The Educational Specialist degree programs are offered either completely or partially online. Contact for further information.

Admission and Completion Requirements

Admission to a degree program at the Educational Specialist level requires that an applicant hold a master's degree in education from an accredited college or university or a master’s degree in a closely related field of study, with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0. Additionally, applicants should have at least three years of full-time experience in a K-12 school or a related setting. Full admission requirements can be found at Graduate Admissions, which include:

  • Online application and fee
  • Two-page statement in which you describe your educational philosophy and reasons for seeking entry to the degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of professional teaching status or GRE scores (general test)
  • All official transcripts
  • TOEFL scores if appropriate

In order to qualify for a Educational Specialist degree, each candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits of course work in the specified degree program.
  2. Complete all course requirements for the degree program at this university. A maximum of six credits of course work transferred from another accredited institution is the only exception granted.
  3. Complete all course requirements with a cumulative grade point average of B or better. No additional course credits may be permitted in order to achieve the grade point average of B or better required for the degree.
  4. Complete the program within five years of the date of admission.

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Updated 04/26/2017