Program Overview

The Education Specialist program in Curriculum and Instruction at Andrews University is designed to prepare students for creating superior learning environments in their current or intended professional settings. This program is intended to aid those that have already completed a graduate degree program and wish to gain some post-master's education in order to enhance their overall capabilities. Graduates of this program often come from or go on to work in organizations such as corporations, schools, colleges, and universities. Possible positions include those as teachers, department heads, principals, superintendents, curriculum specialists, teacher educators, and college presidents.

 This program may typically be completed in a two year period, with four years being the maximum allowable amount of time. In order to complete the program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 64 hours of credit from a combination of required and elective coursework. Of that credit total, 17 hours come from EdS background courses, which act as a foundation for future study, 15 from the EdS core, 8-12 from the EdS specialization, three from a foundational EdS course, seven to nine from EdS research, and the remaining 8-14 from EdS electives.

The student's chosen specialization is intended to focus the scope of the program towards the goals of the student. Options include Teaching in Higher Education, Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Leadership, and Teacher Education. There is no required thesis for this program, but students are required to complete a research project through their EdS research coursework and develop and submit a portfolio that demonstrates experience and a mastery of program knowledge.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in an area appropriate to the major emphasis of the specialist or doctoral program from a regionally accredited American university or senior college, or its equivalent from a comparably, recognized institution outside the U.S. Applicants who have completed at least 16 semester credits of graduate work must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.20 for the EdS program.

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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