The Education Specialist (EdS) program emphasizes an applied, project based approach to development of appreciable improvements in the body of educational practice. The EdS attracts individuals who are primarily professionals either at the K-12 level or the higher education level (i.e., enrollment managers, superintendents, principals, teacher leaders, and education faculty who primarily teach - not do research, educational consultants, trainers in organizations). The EdS capstone focuses on solving a problem in the workplace or in the professional field of education and results in a "product" or solution. This degree is also intended to help students increase their own workplace Leadership Skills.
Language acquisition is of extreme importance in today’s diverse educational and corporate environments. The Education Specialist degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) will help you develop the ability to build successful programs to support those who are learning English as a second language, assess the skills of diverse students, and design bilingual instruction.
This specialization will provide you with a strong knowledgebase to put new methods and approaches into practice. As an EdS in ESL graduate, you will have the knowledge and skills to serve as a leader for others involved with ESL teaching and learning in many diverse settings. The EdS degree can also prepare you for doctoral studies in English as a Second Language should you desire to advance your education further.
Admission to the Education Specialist program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
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Accreditation & Licensing
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
This degree is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.
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