Graduate – Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction (Online)

Kennesaw State’s 100% online Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in curriculum and instruction is a great option for you to gain new skills and additional credentials. Throughout the program, you will learn how to lead in the field of education as a teacher, superintendent, principal, curriculum director, or instructional supervisor, among other positions. You will explore the best methods for improving curriculum and instructional strategies so your students can learn, grow, and thrive. The degree is designed for you to pursue advanced training in research-based methods of curriculum development and instruction at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. You will conduct top-tier field research in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and instructional program evaluation.

The Curriculum and Instruction Online degree program requires you to complete 15 credit hours of advanced pedagogical coursework in your specific area of certification. You will also be required to complete six credit hours in an area different than your initial teaching level of certification to broaden your P-12 expertise.

Completion of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction program and subsequent passage of the GACE exam in Curriculum and Instruction results in a new Service (S) certificate being added to your existing teaching or leadership certificate.

Note: You must possess a clear renewable T-5 certificate (or equivalent) and hold a master's degree in an education-related field to be accepted into the Curriculum and Instruction Online degree program.

Curriculum and Instruction Salary and Career Information

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Curriculum and Instruction Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • 100% Online — The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction is a fully online program, allowing you to develop the skills necessary to serve as curriculum specialists at the classroom, department, building or system level — from the comfort of your home.
  • Upgrade Your Teacher’s Certification — Completion of the Curriculum and Instruction program (and subsequent passage of the GACE exam) results in a new Service (S) certificate being added to your existing teaching or leadership certificate.
  • Low Faculty-Student Ratio — Small class sizes and individualized learning means you get the support you need from your instructors. You can benefit from having one-on-one time with your instructors as well as the benefits of having a close-knit community with your peers.

Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education

Kennesaw State University

Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building
580 Parliament Garden Way NW, Mail Drop #0122
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-6314

Fax: 470-578-9094


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1Program tuition is an estimate based on the average student's time to complete. Costs for books, travel, other miscellaneous fees (parking, labs, graduation, etc.) are not included. Tuition and fee changes are posted in the Spring and are effective for Fall semester. Please note that fees are subject to change at the end of any academic term without prior notice. For additional information, see tuition and fees or graduate program financial aid.