Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 6 credits
Next Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
NCATE through CAEP

Get an Edge in the Education Field with Liberty’s Online Education Specialist Degree Program

You have a passion for improving education in your classroom and beyond, and Liberty University’s online Education Specialist degree can give you the foundation you need to do just that. Working at the post-graduate level in our 100% online Ed.S. degree program, you will be immersed in advanced study and research of topics like learning theory, institutional assessment, and curriculum development – all based on industry best practices. 

With our Education Specialist degree, you can go beyond teaching and course development by stepping into an administration role, analyzing institutional education challenges, and becoming an expert in K-12 or higher education instruction. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Education Specialist Degree Online?

At Liberty University, we believe in our students. That’s why we work hard to develop academically rigorous programs that produce educators and school leaders who model high academic, moral, and spiritual standards before their peers. In our School of Education, you’ll be taught by professors who teach from a biblical worldview and who strive to encourage their students as engaged mentors. Our online Ed.S. degree is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the CAEP Accreditation System, so you can be confident that your degree will be respected as a highly advanced educational credential. 

While Liberty’s Ed.S. degree is offered 100% online, you have the option to complete key courses in a residential intensive format, which is especially beneficial if you intend to pursue a Doctor of Education degree. This will give you important hands-on experience with content that will be indispensable for your future dissertation or capstone project research. If you’re not intending to pursue doctoral studies, you will receive advanced training that is highly focused on developing qualifications for leadership roles in K-12 or higher education, providing you with increased opportunities for advancement in your career.

As a student in our online Ed.S. programs, you will develop the skills you need to become a more effective teacher – or take on a new role as a superintendent, principal, college instructor, or another academic position requiring strong leadership and advanced educational expertise. 

What Will You Learn in Our Online Ed.S. Degree Program?

Our Education Specialist degree online is designed to give you an essential understanding of the advanced research, theory, and assessment skills that will further your previous graduate studies in education while providing you with an opportunity to specialize in more advanced roles. As a student in our Education Specialist online degree program, you will be able to choose educational leadership courses that will prepare you with leadership principles and biblical values, as well as important skills in public relations and conflict resolution.

If you choose to pursue more advanced studies in curriculum development through your Ed.S. degree, you will be able to choose from specialties in grade-level education or 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. If you already have initial licensure, pursuing the Education Specialist degree online may also include requirements for advanced and add-on licensures. 

Please note: If you wish to obtain licensure, refer to the additional courses listed on the bottom of the degree completion plans linked below. 

Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree Online Specializations

Liberty University’s Education Specialist degree online offers many areas of specialization for different roles and career needs.

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction — Elementary Education

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction — Middle Grades Education

  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction — Secondary Education
  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction — Special Education
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
  • Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration (not currently NCATE accredited)

Program Highlights for the Education Specialist Degree Online

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Earning your online Education Specialist degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.

  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years – and counting.

  • Liberty University’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, so your degree will be well-respected and highly recognized.
  • While completing the Ed.S. degree online, you will increase your instructional methods and understanding of learning theory so that you can manage crucial higher-order curriculum and instruction improvements needed in K-12 and higher education institutions.

  • Our Ed.S. leadership courses can prepare you to step into an administration role.
  • While completing your 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.
  • Completing an Education Specialist degree shows employers that you have advanced educational leadership or curriculum development skills and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure you have the most advanced training.
  • Advanced training in educational research through our postgraduate Ed.S. degree will equip you to publish ground-breaking research and take significant steps toward a doctoral dissertation.
  • Completion of your Ed.S. degree through Liberty University allows you to transfer in up to 27 credits to our Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree to give you a jumpstart on your doctorate!
  • 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.

    Our Education Specialist Online Degree Information

    • This program falls under the School of Education.

    • View the Postgraduate Advising Guide for more information about individual degree track requirements.

    • Select courses are optionally available in a residential intensive format for the Ed.S. degree program. Students intending to pursue their Doctor in Education (Ed.D.) after their online Ed.S. degree should pursue the intensive format. 
    • A background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 606 and EDUC 701.

    • Please note that some states may have additional steps and requirements for licensure.

    Education Specialist Degree Online Military Benefits

    Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

    As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

    • Tuition discounts — $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
    • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times

    Potential Career Options for Educational Specialist Degree Graduates

    • College administrator
    • Curriculum specialist
    • Instructional supervisor

    • School administrator

    • Teacher

    After completing Liberty University’s online Education Specialist degree, you will have an advanced, post-master’s, NCATE-accredited credential that will allow you 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.

    Admission Requirements for Our Online Ed.S. Degree Program

    A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admission-related information. 

    All applicants must submit the following:

    • Admission application
    • Application fee*
    • Official college transcripts
    • Proof of English proficiency

    *There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.