Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction (Online & On-Grounds)

The Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction degree is a 30-hour (minimum) terminal graduate degree designed for the long-term 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 online.

We now offer this degree online.

The Education Specialist degree prepares students to become teacher leaders within schools and school districts, museums, non-profits, and other community settings.  The program is personalized and flexible.  Advisors meet with students to design a program of student that incudes core and elective courses that complement professional goals.

The Ed.S. degree is NOT a stepping stone to the Ed.D. degree.  Both the Ed.S. and the Ed.D. are separate, terminal degrees.  The Ed.D. requires a minimum of 72 hours and includes a research component.

Students may choose to enroll in the educational specialist program to extend and deepen their personal knowledge of professional practice, to enhance their skills for new responsibilities, and to become more engaged in persistent problems of professional practices.  These positions might include community college teaching, central district office supervisory positions, education departments at museums, and policy work at foundations and other non-profits. 

Potential specialization areas include English Language Learners, Instructional Technology, Literacy, Gifted Education, Science Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education, and Social Foundations.

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

Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Students must have a graduate master’s 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.  GRE scores are only one data point in the admission process, but it is an important piece of information.  Unofficial scores are accepted for applying; however, once admitted official scores will be required.  A goal statement (typically 1-2 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: November 1st
    • Summer Entry: March 15th, applications will be accepted until May 1st on a space-available basis
    • Fall Entry: April 15th, applications will be accepted until June 1st 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

    Although there are opportunities for residential students, most of the Ed.S. classes will be part of the fully online degree program designed for working 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.

  • Program Outcomes

    Students in the Ed.S. program will

    • Analyze major issues in professional education practice, especially those policies and practices that influence what is happening in a chosen specialization or area of emphasis
    • Integrate new professional knowledge and skills in personal professional practice
    • Design platforms for extending their own and the educational practices of others
    • Develop and strategically apply skills to address the complex realities and challenges facing diverse students, schools, families and communities
    • Enhance professional skills (leadership, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills) in the effort to improve schooling
    • Demonstrate proficiency in written, oral, and non-verbal communication
  • 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 community colleges, 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.