Jun 25, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 42 
ACE Catalog - Volume 42 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S.

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Program Description

The Education Specialist degree is a practitioner’s degree at the post-master’s level for those who seek advanced credentials but not a full doctoral degree with a dissertation requirement. The objective of the degree is to develop skills and competencies that will make the student a more effective leader in the field of Curriculum and Instruction. The Ed. S. in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for individuals with a master’s degree who will wish to advance their curriculum and instruction knowledge in their chosen discipline.  

Program Outcomes  

  1. Design developmentally and culturally appropriate curricula and instructional units to improve equity and academic success for diverse learners utilizing current strategies and technology.
  2. Utilize researched based academic theory, standards, and frameworks to support the selection of content, delivery of evidence-based instruction, enhancement of critical thinking and inquiry, and the development of original research.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate assessment plans and methods to support to the continuous improvement of student success grounded in research and theory.
  4. Examine and evaluate data to support instruction to enhance social emotional development, critical thinking and student driven inquiry through professional research.
  5. Develop strategies to support a positive student-centered learning environment which supports communicate and collaboration between the educator, learner, community and stakeholders. 
  6. Participate in opportunities to grow as a professional and leader in the educational field.
  7. Apply research-based instructional strategies to develop competency in multiple literacies and knowledge and skills across diverse content areas.
  8. Apply, analyze, and promote best practices in leadership.

Mission Statement

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction prepares graduate students to contribute to their professional settings as leaders in the curriculum and instruction field. Students explore research based methods and strategies to support best practices in the field. In addition to the project-based coursework, students will pursue original contributions in curriculum and instruction in a final capstone project. 

Core Courses (34 Total Semester Credits Required)


  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state. 
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.

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