Certificate of Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education


The EdS certificate is intended for teachers, counselors, supervisors, and administrators in elementary and secondary schools. Special educators who have earned a Master of Education degree are the ideal professionals to pursue the Specialist Certificate. Graduate hours earned during a master's degree and related to remedial or special education may be applied toward the 60-hour program. Candidates often pursue certification coursework related to the educational diagnostician and/or reading specialist positions en route to the specialist degree. As with the master's degree, additional academic and/or behavioral professional expertise may be the candidate goal. 

Program Structure

A minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit — which may include hours earned in the master’s degree — is required. All programs must be approved by the student's departmental advisor.

Required coursework

Approved by program advisor.

EDCI 7475 Research Project in Secondary or K-12 Teacher Education (3)
ELRC 4006 Introduction to Applied Statistics in Educational Research (3)
ELRC 4249 Understanding and Applying Research in Education (3)
PSYC 4111 Intermediate Statistics (3)

A focus and coursework will be selected by joint agreement between student and advisor in consultation with other faculty members as needed. Must include 18 hours beyond Masters.

Approved by program advisor.

The student must complete all required course work with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and must successfully complete a required six-hour practicum in the area of specialization. No final exam is required for these specializations.




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Paul Mooney, PhD
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