Ed.S/Ed.D Licensure Options

Candidates enrolled in Ed.S. or Ed.D. programs may choose to add licensure to their program by completing the licensure requirements for the chosen endorsement area(s). The following endorsements are eligible to be added to Ed.S. or Ed.D. programs.

Candidates choosing to add licensure to the Ed.S. or Ed.D. program must complete the Gate Process to be eligible for Student Teaching/Internship, and licensure. 


Initial Licensure

To add Initial Licensure to Ed.S/Ed.D program, candidates must complete the following requirements:

Elementary Education

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 530
    • EDUC 531
    • EDUC 554
    • EDUC 623
    • EDUC 632
    • EDUC 656
    • EDUC 590/591/592 (Student Teaching)
    • Content Competency Courses
  • Licensure Exams
    • VCLA
    • Praxis Subject Assessment
    • RVE

Middle Grades Education

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 623
    • EDUC 656
    • EDUC 673
    • EDUC 635, 637, 668, or 669
    • EDUC 590/591/592/593 (Student Teaching)
    • Content Competency Courses
  • Licensure Exams
    • VCLA
    • Praxis Subject Assessment

Secondary Education

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 539
    • EDUC 623
    • EDUC 625
    • EDUC 656
    • EDUC 673
    • EDUC 590/591/592/593 (Student Teaching)
    • Content Competency Courses
  • Licensure Exams
    • VCLA
    • Praxis Subject Assessment

Special Education

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 524
    • EDUC 525
    • EDUC 530
    • EDUC 554
    • EDUC 622
    • EDUC 623
    • EDUC 590/591/592/593 (Student Teaching)
    • Content Competency Courses
  • Licensure Exams
    • VCLA
    • Praxis Subject Assessment
    • RVE

Add-On Licensure

To add an Add-On Licensure to Ed.S/Ed.D program, candidates must complete the following requirements:

Early Childhood Education

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 501
    • EDUC 653
    • EDUC 670
  • Other
    • Must hold a current Elementary Education license.
    • Must show proof of at least 45 hours experience in endorsement area on Field Experience Summary Form.

Gifted Education

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 526
    • EDUC 620
    • EDUC 621
    • EDUC 627
  • Other
    • Must hold a current teaching license.
    • Must show proof of at least 45 hours experience in endorsement area on Field Experience Summary Form.

Advanced Licensure

To add an Add-On Licensure to Ed.S/Ed.D program, candidates must complete the following requirements:

Math Specialist

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 530
    • EDUC 622
    • EDUC 641
    • EDUC 650
    • EDUC 652
    • EDUC 699 (Internship)
  • Licensure Exam
    • Praxis Subject Assessment
  • Other
    • Must hold a current teaching license and have at least 3 years’ teaching experience**

Reading Specialist

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 554
    • EDUC 656
    • EDUC 622
    • EDUC 641
    • EDUC 650
    • EDUC 652
    • EDUC 699 (Internship)
  • Licensure Exam
    • RVE
  • Other
    • Must hold a current teaching license and have at least 3 years’ teaching experience**

School Administration

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
      • EDUC 641
      • EDUC 648
      • EDUC 742
      • EDUC 741
      • EDUC 747
      • EDUC 699 (Internship)
    • Licensure Exam
      • SLLA
    • Other
      • Must hold a current teaching license and have at least 3 years’ teaching experience**

School Counseling

  • Courses
    • Must complete DCP for Ed.S/Ed.D program*, including all intensives.
    • EDUC 600
    • EDUC 622
    • 33 hours of EDCE courses as listed on M.Ed. in School Counselor DCP
    • EDCE 699 (Internship) - 2 semesters
  • Licensure Exam
    • Praxis Subject Assessment
  • Other
    • Must have a Master’s Degree in Counseling.

*Ed.S. candidates may complete Student Teaching/Internship prior to the completion of EDUC 798. Ed.D. candidates may complete Student Teaching/Internship prior to the completion of Dissertation courses.

**Candidates may complete Internship with only one year of teaching experience.