Ed.S. Program Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 6 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
July 2, 2018

Gain an Edge in the Education Field with Our Education Specialist Degree Online (Ed.S.)

Are you looking to advance your career in education or become qualified for superintendent or principal administrator roles? You may be interested in Liberty University’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, a transitional degree for students who want to enhance their teaching and educational leadership skills before pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree.

Working at the post-graduate level, you and other 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 Choose Liberty’s Education Specialist Degree Online?

At Liberty University, we believe in our students — just like you. 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. And at Liberty University’s 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.

Liberty University’s online Ed.S. degree is fully 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, if you are ultimately intending to pursue a Doctor of Education degree, you can complete key courses in a residential intensive format. This will give you important hands-on experience with content that will be indispensable for your future dissertation 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 the online Ed.S. program, you will develop the skills you need to become a more effective teacher — or to take on a new role as superintendent, principal, college instructor, or other academic position requiring strong leadership and advanced educational expertise. 

What Will You Learn in Our Education Specialist Degree?

Our Education Specialist online degree is designed to give you a core 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 degree online program, you will be able to choose educational leadership courses that will prepare you with leadership principles and ethics, 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 degree level education or a general track more applicable to higher education.

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Program Highlights
Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Education Specialist Online Degree Specializations

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

Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education

Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction – Middle-Grades Education

  • Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary Education
  • Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education
  • Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist Degree in Higher Education Administration


Ed.S. Online Program Highlights

  • By earning your Ed.S. degree from a nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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.

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.

Education Specialist Degree Information and Requirements

  • Visit the School of Education for more information about faculty and department resources.

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

  • Between three and four courses are optionally available in a residential intensive 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. 
  • 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

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee pursuing our Ed.S. degree? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

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

Admission Requirements 

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 admissions 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.