2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) - Generalist

CIP: 130401

The Educational Specialist - Generalist degree program offers an advanced program beyond the master’s degree for persons who want to advance their eduacation in a non content-specifc area.  This allows educators to gain more knowledge and best practices by obtaining the Ed.S.  Twelve hours will be required at the Ed.S. level and the remaining 18 hours can be chosen by the student from an approved list of electives to complete the program. The degree is a non-certifcation degree. 

Program Admission/Initial Enrollment Requirements Educational Specialist Elementary Principal:

Initial enrollment is the first enrollment term in which a student seeking the Specialist in Education degree is registered.

Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Professional Education in the program area of Educational Leadership must meet the admission requirements of the University and department as stated in this catalog.  See admission requirements under specific program descriptions.  

This degree does not provide the coursework for certification in administration or any other area. 

The Ed.S. applicant must supply evidence of a completed master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.00/4.00.

Documentation of one of the following:

*3.75 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE OR

*Successful completion of the Departmental Entrance Exam (DAE) OR

*Valid state teacher (classroom teacher) certificate OR

*National Board Certification

Transfer Credit

A student may transfer up to 9 semester hours in no more than four courses from regionally-accredited institutions offering the specialist degree if the courses are appropriate, not used to complete a previous degree, approved by the candidate's advisor, and are graded at a "B" or higher. 

Any courses previously taken to complete another degree cannot count towards the minimum 30 credit hour requirement. 

Time Limitations

All requirements submitted in fulfillment of the degree must be completed within a period of eight (8) years.  Any courses past the eight-year requirement must be retaken for program credit. 

Written Assessment of Competency Mastery

All students seeking an Educational Specialist K-12 are required to complete the Written Assessment of Competency Mastery.  The assessment will include references to artifacts/course content.  

Research Component

The student will participate in a research component related to the use of data in the field of education. This data project will be completed during Writing and Interpreting Statistics (61-723).



Required and Elective Courses

Required Courses

EDUC 61713School Personnel Administration


EDUC 61723Writing and Interpreting Educational Literature and Statistics


EDUC 61740 The Superintendency


EDUC 61770School Buildings and Equipment


List of Electives

Students may choose 18 hours (6 courses) of electives.  Any courses they have previously taken cannot be counted towards the minimum 30-hour degree requirement.  

EDUC 61606Culture & Student Engagement


EDUC 61642Multicultural Education for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


EDUC 61691Change Management In Education


EDUC 61653Trends and Issues in Curriculum and Instruction


EDUC 61689Leading In The Digital Age


EDUC 61627Innovative School Leadership


EDUC 61623Relational School Leadership


CSIS 44610Integrating the Technology Curriculum


CSIS 44626Multimedia Systems


CSIS 44635Instructional Systems Design


EDCI 62621Leadership in Special Education


EDUC 61687Feedback and Goal Setting


EDUC 61665School Law


EDUC 61731School Supervision


EDUC 61570The Middle School


Total Credit Hours: 30