Learn to Assess and Evaluate Success in Higher Education with Liberty University’s Education Specialist Degree
How can you help a school ensure they are offering quality education to their students? Universities need passionate people like you to assess and evaluate the curriculum so it can be as strong as possible. You can play a vital role in guiding the processes involved in quality control and evaluation as well as effectively planning and carrying out institutional research. Liberty University’s Education Specialist (EdS) in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation can help you gain the skills you need to ensure accountability through institutional assessment.
Higher education is a competitive field to enter. Those who are trusted to educate the best must be the best. Some of the top skills employers look for in higher education professionals include strategic planning, student services, curriculum development, and academic affairs. Our educational assessment and evaluation program can equip you with these skills, so you can prepare to advance your career in higher education administration.
If you have the desire to work in higher education by partnering with a college or university to maintain its academic rigor, Liberty University’s Education Specialist in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation may be the right fit for you.
Why Choose Liberty University’s EdS in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation Degree?
Liberty University has been offering high-quality education for decades. As an online student, you can have confidence that you are receiving a world-class education backed by our physical campus in Virginia. Our curriculum is hallmarked by rigor and academic excellence. Liberty University can prepare you to be an asset to a college or university as you seek to take the next step in your higher education career.
In addition to offering strong academics, all of our courses are taught from a biblical worldview. Our professors have years of real-world experience and a strong understanding of the Bible which allow them to instruct you better. We provide a foundation in the Bible and competitive academics that prepare you for leadership roles in your field.
Unlike many postgraduate programs, our EdS in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation is offered 100% online. You can fit your courses into your daily life. This provides you with the flexibility to further your education while maintaining your commitments to family, work, and community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an EdS program?
An EdS, or Education Specialist, is a postgraduate degree program designed to equip you with advanced skills and credentials applicable to your field. In this program, you can develop a more in-depth understanding of how to work effectively and be an asset in higher education roles. This degree is a great option if you desire to continue your education beyond the master’s level without having to complete a dissertation or a full-length doctoral program.
What is the difference between an EdS and an EdD?
Our EdS and Doctor of Education (EdD) programs both seek to equip you with the practical, marketable skills needed to pursue positions related to higher education. However, these degrees have a key difference — an EdD is a doctorate while an EdS lies between a master’s and a doctoral degree. Additionally, an EdS requires a single capstone course, not a thesis, dissertation, or advanced research project. An EdD does require an extensive capstone project. You can pursue an EdD after completing an EdS program – and many of your EdS credits can potentially transfer into an EdD!
What is the difference between an EdS and a PhD?
A PhD is a doctorate program while an EdS is a postgraduate degree. In other words, an EdS is an intermediate degree between a master’s and a doctoral degree. Additionally, a PhD focuses on research and theory in order to help equip you for teaching roles through the completion of a dissertation. An EdS is a great option if you are seeking an education career outside the classroom.
Is an EdS a doctoral degree?
An EdS provides knowledge beyond the master’s level and is considered a postgraduate degree. This degree can equip you with higher-level information in less time and expense than a full doctoral program. You will take some doctoral-level courses, and this is a great option if you hope to one day pursue a doctoral degree. Most of the courses you’ll take for the EdS in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation can transfer into our online EdD in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation if you wish to pursue a full doctoral degree later on.
How long does it take to get an EdS degree?
You can complete Liberty’s EdS online program in as little as 1.5 years. Our 100% online degree in higher education administration with a focus on assessment and evaluation offers a fast, flexible path to graduation that lets you further your education without putting your life on hold.
Can you teach college with an EdS?
While this program is primarily designed to provide vocational knowledge, earning your EdS can also help you pursue a career as a college instructor.
What Will You Learn in Our Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation Degree?
In the EdS in Higher Education Administration program, you can build historical and foundational knowledge through your courses by evaluating and incorporating current research into your assignments. Your courses will cover subjects such as teaching the college student, college and university administration, and historical perspectives of higher education.
The courses specific to the assessment and evaluation area of study include program design and assessment, institutional research, evaluation and measurement tools, and compliance and report writing. The courses utilize research-based approaches to analyzing student learning, curricula, academic programs, student services, and institutional structures.
You will study the important role of assessment in overall student achievement, program development, and educational systems as well as major evaluation theories and advanced measurement models used in policymaking and for program development and modification. Furthermore, your courses will investigate the importance of compliance in the accreditation of educational institutions. The program will culminate in a capstone course, which allows you to synthesize your knowledge and prepare to address real-world challenges in education.
- EDUC 778 – Program Design and Assessment
- EDUC 779 – Institutional Research
- EDUC 780 – Evaluation and Measurement Tools
- EDUC 781 – Compliance and Report Writing
Course guides coming soon
Highlights of Our EdS in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation Degree
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
- Liberty University’s EdS in higher education program can help you pursue a career in higher education without the commitment of a full doctoral program.
- Our 100% online classes give you the flexibility to advance your education while continuing your current commitments.
EdS in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation Degree Information
- This Education Specialist program falls under the School of Education.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the Graduate Education Course Guides (login required).
- Please note: This is a non-licensure program.
Military Benefits for Liberty University’s Higher Education Program
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for EdS courses
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
Potential Career Opportunities for EdS in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation Graduates
- Assessment coordinator
- College/university administrator
- Curriculum specialist
- Higher education faculty
Admission Requirements for the EdS in Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation 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 (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*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.