EdS Curriculum And Instruction Elementary Ed Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 6 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
July 2, 2018

Take the Next Step in Your Career With the Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education

An Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is an excellent path 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 the online Education Specialist – Elementary Education area of study, students will be well equipped to enter an administrative role or help develop Elementary school-level curriculum and learning tools.

Why Choose Liberty’s Education Specialist – Elementary Education Degree Online?

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 an important hands-on experience that will be indispensable for their future dissertation research. Students not intending to pursue doctoral studies will find that advanced training in the Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction provides much-needed tools for educational assessment, cutting-edge research, and excellent curriculum development that will open up opportunities for K-12 administration and educational development roles.

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What Will You Learn in the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education Degree?

The online Ed.S. Program is designed to give a core 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 important skills in Public Relations and Conflict Resolution.

The Elementary Education area of study for the Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction provides a customizable selection of specialized topics for Elementary school-level education and learning development. Students can select from a variety of practical skill areas such as advanced Behavioral Management to assist with classroom challenges, and Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement to become an expert in the best cutting-edge educational technology. Students may also choose course content useful for higher education and administration, such as Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning.

Liberty’s online Ed.S. Degree may also be modified to fulfill initial teaching licensure requirements for Elementary school teaching and may include additional areas such as Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Education. Students who possess initial licensure who pursue the online EdS degree may also include requirements for advanced and add-on licensures.

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

What are the Benefits of Pursuing an Education Specialist Degree Online?

  • Completing an Ed.S. Degree shows employers that you have high-level learning theory, research, and 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.
  • You will have cutting-edge educational research through the post-graduate Ed.S. Degree that will equip you to publish groundbreaking insights into Elementary education and make large 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.
  • If you elect to take advantage of the online EdS degree’s optional intensives, you can further ensure that your skills and knowledge have been tested in a hands-on environment that will set you apart from fully online graduates.

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    Highlights of the Ed.S. Online Program

    • 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
    • While completing the Ed.S. Degree online, you will hone your instructional methods and learning theory skills so that you can manage important higher-order curriculum and instruction improvements needed in K-12 and higher education institutions.
    • You will be ready 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 know how to make improvements.
    • You may also be interested in the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program.

    Ed.S. Degree Online Information and Requirements

    • This program falls under the School of Education
    • An education background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 606 and EDUC 701.
    • View the Post-Graduate Advising Guide for more information about individual degree track requirements.
    • Please note that some states may have additional steps and requirements for licensure.
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    Military Benefits

    Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? 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.

    Potential Career Options for Educational Specialist Graduates

    • Curriculum Specialist
    • Instructional Supervisor
    • K-12 School Administrator
    • Elementary School Teacher
    • College Administrator

    After completing Liberty University’s Education Specialist Degree online, students 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 Elementary Education area of study will provide the opportunity to gain advanced expertise in elementary education and curriculum development, as well as add licensure requirements if needed to become an elementary school teacher. 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. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Ed.Degree

    A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above cumulative combined 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.