Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction


The Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction 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. This program is offered full or part-time in Charlottesville and part-time online.

We now offer this degree online.

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.

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

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

Program Details


  • 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.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Application Due Date
    • Spring Entry: December 15th
    • Summer Entry: March 15th, applications accepted on a space-available basis until May 1st
    • Fall Entry: April 15th, applications accepted on a space-available basis until June 1st

    Decisions will be available 6 weeks after the deadline.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • 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

    This is a fully online degree program designed for educational practitioners.  Each class requires approximately 15 hours of dedicated engagement each week.  For students with full time employment, we recommend no more than two courses a semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).  This is an ambitious plan that allows for degree completion in about two years.  If it is more reasonable given your life circumstances to take one class a semester, degree completion will be in about three and a half years.  There are no residency requirements for this degree.

  • 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 http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.