Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Online Degree Program

Education Specialist Online Degree Program

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Gain an Edge in the Education Field With our Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)

An Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a transitional degree for students wanting to enhance their teaching and educational leadership skills but are not ready to pursue a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). Working at the post-graduate level, students in Liberty University’s 100% online Ed.S. degree will be immersed in advanced studies of learning theory and research, learn cutting-edge institutional-level testing and measurement techniques, and develop highly-effective curriculum based on industry best practices. With an Education Specialist degree, you can go beyond teaching and course development to step into the role of an administrator, analyze and correct institutional-level education challenges, and become an expert in K-12 or higher education instruction.

Why Pursue Liberty’s Education Specialist Degree Online?

Liberty University’s online Ed.S. degree is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, ensuring that your degree will be respected as a highly advanced educational credential. The Ed.S. degree is offered 100% online; however, students intending to pursue the Doctor of Education can complete key courses in a residential intensive format, providing important hands-on experience with content that will be indispensable for their future dissertation research. Students not intending to pursue doctoral studies will receive advanced training for leadership roles in K-12 or higher education, providing opportunities for advancement in their current institutions. Students in the online Ed.S. program will develop skills needed to become a more effective teacher, or to take on a new role as superintendent, principal, college instructor, or other academic positions requiring strong leadership and advanced educational expertise.

Ed.S. Online Program Highlights

  • By earning your Ed.S. degree from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 

  • While completing the Ed.S. degree online, you will hone your instructional methods and learning theory so that you can manage crucial higher-order curriculum and instruction improvements needed in K-12 and higher education institutions.

  • You will be equipped to step into the role of an administrator with the Ed.S.’s core leadership courses.
  • While completing the Ed.S. degree online, you will be trained in essential research and testing skills so that you can ensure your institution is providing effective teaching and will know how to make improvements.

What are the Benefits of our Online Education Specialist Degree?

  • Completing an Ed.S. degree shows employers that you have advanced educational leadership or curriculum development skills beyond that of the graduate level and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure you have the most advanced training.

  • Advanced training in educational research through the post-graduate Ed.S. degree will equip you to publish ground-breaking research and take significant steps toward a doctoral dissertation.
  • The online Education Specialist degree gives you the opportunity to include licensure-track requirements for initial licensure, advanced licensure, or add-on licensure to your current credentials.

What Will You Learn in our Ed.S. Degree?

The online Ed.S. Program is designed to give a core understanding of advanced research, theory, and assessment skills to enhance student’s previous graduate studies in education while providing an opportunity to specialize in more advanced roles. Online Education Specialist students will be able to choose educational leadership courses that will prepare them with leadership principles and ethics, as well as essential skills in public relations and conflict resolution. Ed.S. degree students choosing more advanced studies in curriculum development will be able to select specialties in degree level education as well as a general track more applicable to higher education.

Liberty's online Ed.S. Degree may be modified to fulfill initial teaching licensure requirements for Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Education. Students already with initial licensure who pursue the online Ed.S. degree may also include requirements for advanced and add-on licensures. If you wish to obtain licensure, refer to the additional courses listed on the bottom of the degree completion plans linked below.

You may also be interested in the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program.

Ed.S. Degree – Online Program Format

  • 100% Online with Optional Intensives 
  • 30 total hours
  • Up to six credit hours can be transferred in from an accredited and non-conferred degree.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Ed.S. Degree Online Degree Information and Requirements

  • This program falls under the School of Education.

  • View the Post-Graduate Advising Guide for more information about individual degree track requirements.

  • Review the Ed.S. degree admission requirements.

  • A background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 606 and EDUC 701.

  • Between three and four courses are optionally available in an intensive residential format for the Ed.S. degree. Students intending to pursue the Doctor in Education (Ed.D.) after Liberty’s online Ed.S. degree, should pursue the intensive format.
  • Please note that some states may have additional steps and requirements for licensure.

Potential Career Options for Educational Specialist Graduates

  • Curriculum Specialist

  • Instructional Supervisor

  • School Administrator

  • Teacher

  • College Administrator

After completing Liberty University’s online Education Specialist degree, graduates will have an advanced, post-masters, NCATE-accredited credential that will allow them to pursue leadership roles in K-12 and higher education as well as advanced, higher-order development of curriculum. The skills and knowledge gained from the online Ed.S. degree may provide opportunities in private or public schools, third-party curriculum development or learning tool development companies, or provide increased pay opportunities.


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