Curriculum and Instruction (EdS)

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in Education (or related area) with a minimum 3.3. GPA
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A written rationale for pursuing the degree, including philosophy of education (limit of one page)
  • A current resume or vita
  • Three years of full-time K-12 teaching experience
  • Two written letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's skills and understanding of (a) ability to improve student achievement, (b) leadership, (c) advanced knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. One must be from the current site supervisor.
  • Completion of 6 credit hours of advanced teaching coursework (beyond initial teacher preparation program)

Degree Requirements

The student will meet with their advisor to develop an area of focus/emphasis*.

Quantitative and Qualitative Coursework (six (6)- nine (9) credit hours from the courses below):6-9
Applied Statistics
Intermediate Applied Statistics
Applied Multiple Regression
Qualitative Field Research Methods
Qualitative Data Analysis and Representation
Leadership (six (6) credit hours from the courses below): 16
Curriculum Theory
Developing Collaborative Groups: Facilitating, Coaching and Mentoring
Systems and Structures for School Improvement
Fundamentals of School Leadership
Creating Equitable & Reliable Learning Environments
Midpoint Assessment 2
Specialization or Concentration12-15
EDAP 770Education Specialist Research3
Exit Requirements 3
Minimum Total Hours30

Or equivalent course approved by faculty advisor.


Successful completion of 15 credit hours; scored exemplary or target on advanced program rubrics (by instructor); acceptable dispositions rubric (scored by advisor). Minimum 3.0 GPA.


Successful completion of all required coursework and research project. Minimum 3.3 GPA with no grade lower than "C".

Areas of focus/emphasis* include but are not limited to the list below:

Elementary Math Specialist

English as a Second Language Endorsement

Classroom Reading Endorsement

Instructional Technology

Diversity Literacy

Special Education

Content Area Teaching Endorsement

*Please meet with advisor to develop a plan that meets your goals.

Courses required vary based upon the content area.