Jun 07, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S. Program Information

Specialist in Education Degree Admission Requirements


An earned master’s degree from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Ed.S. program. The student seeking admission should have had previous experience appropriate to the proposed areas of specialization.


  1. An overall quality point average of 3.5 earned in a master’s degree program from an accredited institution.
  2. A score range of 388-395 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (raw score of 37 on tests taken prior to October 2004) or satisfactory scores on the GRE® General Test (GRE) as listed below:
    * Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on the Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing
    *Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing.
  3. Provide contact information for three references (phone and email).
  4. International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing FLS Level 18 and test results on one (1) of the following:
    • TOEFL - minimum IBT of 71 (FLS not required with TOEFL)
    • IELTS - minimum score of 6.0
    • PTE Academic - minimum score of 48

Provisional status is subject to the College of Graduate Studies guidelines.

Specialist in Education Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, in approved upper-level courses, will be required in the Ed. S. program. At least 15 semester hours must be taken in courses numbered at the 7000 level; no course below the 6000 level shall be counted for credit unless written approval is obtained from the student’s advisory committee, the chairperson of the department in which the student is majoring, and the  Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

The program of study leading to the Specialist in Education degree (Ed. S.) will be designed for each student so as to achieve proper balance between the experiences required for training as a specialist and those required for development as a professional working with other. The program will therefore be tailored to serve the needs and objectives of the individual student.

If a student lacks not more than 12 semester credits on the master’s degree, the student may accumulate a maximum of 9 semester credits to be counted toward the Ed. S. degree provided the student (i) has been approved for tentative Ed. S. admission by the Graduate School, (ii) has a departmentally approved program of study, and (iii) fulfills all requirements for the master’s degree within two (2) consecutive semesters.

Although a thesis is not required in the specialist program, the student is expected to become well acquainted with research in the field of specialization and to demonstrate competence in research methodology. In order to satisfy these expectations, the student must earn at least three (3) semester hours in courses of a laboratory and/or field experience nature and three (3) semester hours in an independent study project.

  • Core Concentration Area Coursework: VARIES
  • Advisor Guided Electives: VARIES
  • Research Coursework: VARIES
  • Total Degree Requirements: 30 hours
  • Total Degree Requirements and Licensure*: VARIES

*All licensure components involve recommendations from the Office of Teacher Education.