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Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction

The Education Specialist degree prepares students for positions within schools, museums, and other community settings. Advisors meet with students to design a program of study that includes core and elective courses that complement professional goals. The Ed.S. degree is a 30-hour (minimum) terminal graduate degree designed for the professional educator. Applicants must have earned a Master's degree prior to this degree. The degree may be done in full or part-time enrollment.

The Ed.S. degree with a reading education emphasis is NOT the same as the state K-12 reading specialist endorsement.

Potential optional areas of emphasis include: Elementary Education, English Education, ESOL, Foreign Language Education, Gifted Education, Instructional Technology, Math Education, Reading Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education.

The Ed.S. degree with a reading education emphasis is NOT the same as the state K-12 reading specialist endorsement

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Students must have a graduate degree and must complete the on-line admissions material, including competitive GRE scores (at or above 150 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, 4.0 Analytical Writing) that are no more than 5 years old.  If your scores do not meet the competitive level, we suggest you retake the GRE before you apply.  Unofficial scores are accepted for applying; however, once admitted official scores will be required. A goal statement (typically 1 to 2 pages) will stand as a writing sample.

Application Due Date

February 1 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.

Degree Requirements

30-hour minimum beyond the Master’s credits.  A comprehensive exam is required for successful completion. 

Funding Opportunities

Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.

Typical Length of Study

Students must complete three full-time semesters on-Grounds; part-time study also available.

Full or Part Time:

Full-time and part-time on-Grounds only.

Course Overview

The Education Specialist degree is a planned 30-credit (minimum) terminal post-Master’s degree program in which candidates are expected to attain an understanding of major issues in professional education and the ability to integrate and apply what they have learned in an educational context.

Please consult the Graduate Record for details about the Education Specialist degree.


Sample Jobs After Graduation

Graduates of this program often pursue teaching at district or college levels, community college teaching and administration, central district office supervisory positions, and administrative positions.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

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