The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) is a post-master's program in education with two concentrations:
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Educational Leadership.
The Curriculum & Instruction concentration will meet the need of educators in areas such as staff development, program coordination, and curriculum development. The Educational Leadership concentration will prepare individuals to become agents of change in organizations as leaders among the ranks of principals, superintendents, and Chief Executive Officers.
Program Admission Requirements
- Provide an official transcript showing receipt of a master's degree in an education or related field from a regionally accredited institution (or the equivalent from a foreign country that is accredited through the appropriate accrediting system of that country) with GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation, submitted on organizational letterhead stationery, from either university faculty or from previous supervisors who can write concerning the applicant's capability to succeed in a post master's program in the following areas: ability to communicate in writing and speaking, professional abilities, ethics and values, interpersonal skills, and work ethic.
- Provide a résumé (curriculum vitae) listing all previous educational degrees, professional positions, awards, publications, and other pertinent information.
- Participate in an oral interview with members of the Post Master's Admissions and Policy Committee.
- Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores including verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing.
- Provide documentation of competence in (a) learning theory, (b) curriculum & instructional theories. This requirement may be met by through course work or through professional activities. Successful completion of the following courses meets the requirement:
- EDF 6215 Learning Principles Applied to Instruction (3)
- EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction (3)
- Foreign nationals whose native language is not English must present a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the TOEFL examination (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Waivers of the above requirements may be granted by the Post Master's Admissions and Policy Committee based on a rationale provided by the candidate or holistic evaluation of the applicant's information.
Applicants denied admission may appeal the decision by submitting a request for reconsideration to the College of Education Appeals Committee within 30 days of the date of denial. The request must present additional evidence of potential for academic success and contain reasons why reconsideration is warranted.
An advisor is appointed upon entrance into the major. The advisor provides support for the candidate including approval of transfer credits, assistance in planning his/her program of study, and approval of the final program of study.
- Major (33 hrs)
- Core (12 hrs)
- EDA 7066 Organizational Leadership (3)
- EDG 7707 Diversity and Global Studies in Education (3)
- EDA 7193 Instructional Leadership (3)
- EDG 7221 Curriculum Theory (3)
- Internship (3 hrs)
Select one based on concentration:
- EDA 7940 Internship in Leadership (3)
- EDG 7940 Internship in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
- Research/Evaluation (12 hrs)
- EDF 7416 Quantitative Analysis (3)
- EDF 7943 Current Issues in Educational Assessment and Decision Making (3)
- EDF 7475 Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (3)
- EDG 7367 Research Methods Seminar (3)
- Cognate (6 hrs)
Select coursework approved by the advisor in accordance with candidate's area of interest and career goals in consultation with candidate's advisor.
- Concentration (9 hrs)
Select 9 hours in one of the concentrations in consultation with the Advisor.
- Curriculum & Instruction Concentration
- EDG 7286 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
- EDG 7347 Transform. Learning Through Narrative (3)
- EDG 7065 Historical Perspectives & Impact of Critical Literacies (3)\
- EDG 7635 Curricular Perspectives on Exceptionalities (3)
- EDG 7325 Multiple Pedagogies (3)
- EDG 7362 Advanced Learning Theory (3)
- EDG 7930 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
- Educational Leadership Concentration
- EDA 7235 Seminar in School Law (3)
- EDA 7281 Education Policy Analysis (3)
- EDA 7241 Economics and Finance in Education (3)
- EDA 7197 Current Issues in Education & Leadership (3)
- EDA 7930 Special Topics in Educational Leadership (3)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 42 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Successful completion of each course with a grade of B or better.
- Final GPA of 3.5 or better prior to taking qualifying exams; grades for the proposal, and culminating project will be Pass/Fail only.
- Successful completion of written comprehensive examinations.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
A maximum of 18 hours taken for a master's degree or other advanced study may be substituted, if appropriate, for requirements in the college major, concentration, research and evaluation, and cognate. Course substitutions are restricted by the following distribution, which must be completed at FGCU as part of the Ed.S. program of study:
- At least 12 hours in the core.
- At least 6 hours in the concentration.
- At least 3 hours in research and evaluation.
- At least 3 hours in the cognate.
At least 24 hours must be taken at FGCU. Courses used in substitution must be no more than 7 years old upon admission. Candidates must graduate within 8 years of admission. Waivers may be granted.
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