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Ed. S. Programs in Teacher Education

Educational specialist degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education has been recommended for discontinuation with a moratorium on admission effective SS10.

Department Perspective on Ed. S. Programs

The program is designed for educators and other practitioners who want opportunities for serious, engaging study and colleagueship in a university setting. The flexible requirements of the program allow students in conjunction with their advisor and program committee to design a program that is conducive to their needs and interests. Many graduates with this degree will serve as instructional leaders and/or school-based teacher educators in their schools and districts. Graduates of the program will also be qualified to teach at community colleges or hold educational leadership positions in other capacities.

Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education, Ed. S.

The educational specialist program in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education (formerly known as Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy) is an advanced graduate program of study primarily developed to serve students who have acquired a master’s degree in education or a related area and have professional experience in the field. Its aim is to provide students an opportunity to focus specifically on practitioner-based inquiry about curriculum, policy, teaching, and learning to teach.

The educational specialist program is designed for educators and other practitioners who want opportunities for serious, engaging study and colleagueship in a university setting. Many graduates with this degree will serve as instructional leaders and/or as school-based teacher educators in their schools and districts.  Graduates of the program will also be qualified to teach at community colleges or hold educational leadership positions in other capacities.

The educational specialist program is a specialized program of study tailored to the interests and needs of its students.  The program has multiple goals, to develop educators who are deeply engaged with the challenges of teaching and learning in multiple contexts; interested in conducting research in classrooms and schools and other educational settings, and knowledgeable of the rewards and challenges that this work entails; prepared to work effectively as school-based teacher educators or in other capacities; committed to creating conversations that will improve the culture and practice of teaching and learning; and eager to write about and engage in  educational practice for a broad audience and to develop requisite skills.