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EdS Curriculum And Instruction Secondary Education Online Degree Program
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
Oct 22, 2018
NCATE through CAEP

Advance in Your Career with an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary 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. 

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Why Attend Liberty’s Online Education Specialist Degree – Secondary 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 advanced training in the Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction provides much-needed tools for educational assessment, innovative 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 – Secondary Education Degree?

The online Ed.S. Program is designed to give a 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 will be able to 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.

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Program Highlights
Degree Information
Military Benefits
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

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 your 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.’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 can complete Liberty’s online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in as little as one year and eight months!
  • You may also be interested in the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program.

Ed.S. Online Degree Information

  • This program falls under the School of Education.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for an official list of courses and a suggested sequence.
  • View the Post-Graduate Advising Guide for more information about individual degree track requirements.
  • View the Graduate Course Syllabi (login required).
  • An education 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.
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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
  • High School Teacher
  • College Administrator

After completing Liberty University’s Education Specialist Degree online, you 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 Secondary Education area of study will provide the opportunity to gain advanced expertise in high school education and curriculum development, as well as add licensure requirements if needed to become a high 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 Education Specialist 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 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.

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