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Specialization - Language Arts/Reading

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction


The Ed.S. degree provides students with educational development beyond the master's level. Graduates may pursue this degree to obtain additional credentials or as a step while deciding whether to work for a doctoral degree. Specialist's degree candidates address national board standards with special emphasis on lifelong learning and development of leadership skills.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 36

Goals/Mission Statement

The philosophy of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, as it applies to the preparation of teachers, is reflected by the belief that teachers should be prepared to:

Course Requirements

The Ed.S. degree requires 36 semester hours of course work beyond the master's level. Students must complete an emphasis in either elementary, secondary, or special education. The requirements include a set of foundation courses, a set of specialization requirements (in either elementary, secondary, or special education), and a selection of emphasis area and elective courses.

Other Academic Requirements

Specialist's candidates must complete a minimum of 65 hours of approved field experiences and submit a scholarly paper to a refereed journal.

Emphasis - Elementary Education

Course Requirements

The Ed.S. with emphasis in elementary education requires the following: foundation course requirements (18 hours), Edci 601, Edrs 605, Edci 658, Edrs 501, Edci 557, Educ 555; specialization courses (12 hours), including Edci 635, Edel 601, Edel 767, with the remaining 9 hours being electives (3 from the emphasis area and 6 general electives), which must be approved by the candidate's adviser. Total hours in the Ed.S. with emphasis in elementary education are 36.

Specialization - Language Arts/Reading

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