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

Pursue Advanced Special Education Studies with the Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education

An Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is a great 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 – Special Education area of study, students will accelerate their special education teaching and administration for any K-12 level. The Special Education area of study helps students become experts in creating effective learning environments and supportive, fun educational tools for children with special needs to reach their full potential.

Why Attend Liberty’s Online Education Specialist Degree – Special 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 Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction provides much-needed tools for educational assessment, cutting-edge research, and excellent curriculum development that may open up opportunities for K-12 administration and educational development roles.

The Special Education area of study for the online Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction provides advanced special education studies for teachers and administrators at any K-12 level. Students will be able to gain new insights and cutting-edge methods for assisting special needs students in their education and professional preparation. Students who have special needs come from many different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and have varying learning styles depending on their level of ability and development. Special Education teachers need to have a variety of proven and extensively researched educational strategies to be effective in special education. Whether you are currently a teacher for special needs children and want to gain advanced training, or you want to branch out from your current teaching career, the Special Education area of study for the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction will help you apply critical learning theory and behavioral research while working with special needs children.

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 – Special Education Degree?

The online Ed.S. Program is designed to give a core study of advanced research, theory, and assessment skills to enhance student’s previous graduate studies in education while providing an opportunity to specialize into 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 Info
Military Benefits
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Admission Requirements

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 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 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
  • Special Education 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 Special Education area of study will provide the opportunity to gain advanced expertise in K-12 education and curriculum development, as well as add licensure requirements if needed to become a special education 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 

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.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.