The post-master's degree programs of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
require the candidate to have a clear professional goal and a commitment to scholarship,
leadership, and excellence. To accomplish this, a close, continuous professional interaction
among the candidate, faculty, and fellow students is an integral part of the program
of study. The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) is an interdisciplinary degree designed
to provide an individualized, flexible program of studies for the educator-practitioner
in either a school or non-school setting, whose academic interests are aimed at specific
career goals and needs.
It offers opportunities for advanced professional specialization and includes a relevant
culminating experience or a thesis. Studies may be coordinated in the departments
of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research; Instruction and Curriculum Leadership;
and Leadership. A collaborative Ed.S. is offered with the Department of Psychology.
Program objectives for the Ed.S.in the Department of Leadership are: (1) a strong
knowledge base in a major area of study, research, cultural or psychological foundations,
and a supportive area of study and (2) the development of skills and dispositions
for leadership positions in educational organizations. Students achieving this degree
could be employed as principals, assistant principals, superintendents, central office
personnel, and supervisors, or as specialists in curriculum areas. They could also
serve in an educational responsibility in a military, medical, business, governmental,
or non-profit organizational setting.