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Excel in Teaching with an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Middle Grades 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 front-line institutional-level testing and measurement techniques, and develop highly-effective curriculum based on industry best practices. With the online Education Specialist Degree – Middle Grades Education area of study, students will be well equipped to be a leader in active teaching for middle school students.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Education Specialist Degree – Middle Grades Education?

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 the advanced training in the Ed.S in Middle Grades Education 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.

The Middle Grades Education area of study for the online Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction provides advanced training in middle school-specialized learning tools and instruction techniques that will make you stand out in middle grades teaching, classroom management, and curriculum development. Enhance your teaching with in-depth studies of young adult physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development with innovative assessment methods to help you refine your learning environment and help administrate school-wide teaching improvements.

This program track also allows online Ed.S. students to include additional requirements for initial, advanced, and add-on licensure.

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

The online Ed.S. Program is designed to give core knowledge 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 can customize foundational content to their interests and needs, including an examination of Historical and Social Foundations of Education for a higher-level understanding of movements behind education, and Theories of Educational Leadership to provide a better understanding of education administration. The online Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction’s core theoretical content is balanced with practical academic skills in Advanced Research and Writing and state of the art Tests and Measurements that are critical to putting your academic knowledge to work.

The Middle Grades Education area of study for the online Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction provides further flexibility to specialize in the topic areas and expertise you need for your teaching career, or to branch out into new, exciting roles.

All Curriculum and Instruction students have a foundation in Curriculum Theory, but may choose advanced practical teaching skills areas such as Behavior Management to handle challenging student relations, or Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement to bring engaging new learning technology into the classroom. Students may also choose topic-focused teaching and curriculum development content to suit their needs, such as teaching science in the Middle School or Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods.

Liberty’s online Ed.S. Degree may also be modified to fulfill initial teaching licensure requirements to become a middle school teacher 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 Attending the 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, which will equip you to publish groundbreaking insights into Middle Grades 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 Ed.S. 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 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 the field.
  • While completing the Ed.S. Degree online, you will hone your instructional methods and learning theory 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.’ 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.
  • You may also be interested in the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program.

Ed.S. Degree Online Information and Requirements

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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
  • Middle School Teacher
  • College Administrator

After completing Liberty University’s Education Specialist Degree online will have an advanced, post-masters, 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 Middle Grades Education area of study will provide the opportunity to gain advanced expertise in middle school education and curriculum development, as well as add licensure requirements if needed to become a middle 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 & Instruction – Middle Grades Degree

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.