Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) - Curriculum and Instruction

Admissions Requirements

  • Earned undergraduate degree or master's degree from a college or university with institutional accreditation with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • 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

Application materials should be sent to Stetson University:

Stetson University Office of Graduate Admissions
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Unit 8289
DeLand, Florida 32723
Fax: 386-822-7112

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.

International transcripts are required to be translated if the grading and evaluation system used differs from those used by the United States education system. Official translation and a course-by-course evaluation from all prior institutions and grade-point average computation must be provided to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please use one of the following services for evaluation:

World Educational Services
22 Prince St.
PMB 101
New York, NY 10012

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173

Program Requirements

EDUC 544Educational Management and Systems Planning3
EDUC 567Communications and Research Analysis for Educational Leaders3
EDUC 629Affirming and Leading for Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 650Seminar: Education in an Era of Challenge3
EDUC 665Utilizing Educational Research3
EDUC 663Psychology of Instruction and Discipline3
EDUC 667The Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom3
EDUC 685Directed Study3
EDUC 5756
Total Credits30

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge of conducting research to not only improve schools, but the entire county system
  2. Knowledge of current trends in education and how they have impacted the structure of education in the past, present, and future
  3. Knowledge of theoretical frameworks in education that can be used to better the organization of schools and districts
  4. Knowledge of effective facilitation for the development of high-impact instructional practices to improve both schools and districts

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.