Educational Specialist Degree

Admissions Requirements - We are no longer accepting admission applications to this program.

  • Earned undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional association with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Earned graduate degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional association
  • A GRE revised General Test score at or above the 50th percentile or a Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) score at or above the 50th percentile.  The GRE or MAT requirement will be waived if an applicant earned a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional association.
  • Completion of application packet
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous universities or colleges attended
  • Three completed recommendation forms with one form completed by current principal
  • Copy of a professional teaching certificate
  • At least two years of teaching experience

Additionally, all international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit a combined score of 550 or better (new scoring of 213 or better) or the Internet-based test scoring of 80 or better. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for additional information.

Core Courses
EDUC 647Communication for Educational Leaders3
EDUC 650Seminar: Education in an Era of Challenge3
EDUC 663Psychology of Instruction and Discipline3
EDUC 665Utilizing Educational Research3
EDUC 667The Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom3
EDUC 685Directed Study3
Specialization Courses12 to 15
Courses may be selected from Educational Leadership with program advisor's permission.
Total Credits30-33

Final Degree Examination - Specialist

Scheduling for the final degree examination must be made well in advance. The final oral examination in the degree program includes a defense of the research project, work done in courses, and any other work prescribed by the Department. A candidate who fails the final degree examination may, at the discretion of the examining committee, be allowed to take a second examination. Normally, the student will be required to wait at least one term before taking a re-examination. A third examination will be allowed only in unusual circumstances and will require the approval of the Graduate Council. Final degree examinations will be given in the semester of graduation. However, summer examinations may be offered if faculty are available. Students should plan their programs to avoid summer examinations, since there is a possibility that exams may not be available at that time.