An education specialist is a school-based educator with the depth of theoretical knowledge and wisdom of practice in a defined specialization to provide leadership within a school district, to help shape policy, to design and direct programs, to support and evaluate teaching and learning, to mentor early career educators, and to translate relevant research and theory into sound practice.
An Education Specialist (EdS) degree provides the opportunity for educators with a master’s degree to further their professional development with a strong grounding in and application of diverse theory and research.
Additionally, the EdS program provides a coherent professional development experience that can be aligned with other professional development plans, such as the State of Ohio’s residency program and career ladder for teachers, endorsements in reading, mathematics, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) or obtaining National Board Certification. Teachers may include school district Local Professional Development Committee requirements for professional development work within the program.
Areas of study:
- Adolescent, Post-Secondary and Community Literacies (APCL)
- Dramatic and Arts-based Research, Teaching and Learning (DARTL)
- Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education (FSMLE)
- Literature for Children and Young Adults (LCYA)
- Language, Education and Society (LES)
- Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education (MESE)
- Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood (RLEMC)
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)