The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program is designed to meet a critical need for educational leaders who can transform education at the PK-12 and community college levels.

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is an advanced professional degree program that assists veteran educators to enhance their knowledge of theory and best practice, to acquire skills in interpreting and using educational scholarship and research, and to understand processes of change and leadership in educational settings. The degree program is ideal for educators who seek new skills and new opportunities for leadership and for those seeking the Michigan Central Office Administrator Certificate.

The Education Specialist degree program addresses three distinct yet overlapping areas of study that are essential characteristics for the next generation of leaders in education with transformative leadership, engagement with the community and scholarly practice.

Program goals

Graduates of the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program will be:

  • Knowledgeable of and sensitive to differences in learning and organizational styles of different communities
  • Effective education leaders who select relevant best practices form research to solve local educational problems
  • Ethical and professional leaders who promote high levels of student achievement for all learners.
Degree requirements

Program Information: The Ed.S. program is a 30-credit hour program with 9 credit hours of core courses, 18 credit hours of concentration area courses and 3 credit hours dedicated to an applied studies research project.

Grade Point Average: Students must maintain a “B” average (cumulative grade point average of 3.0) to remain in good standing in the Ed.S. program.

Transfer of Credit: Up to six credit hours from another (non-U-M) accredited university may be accepted as transfer credits with the approval of the program advisor. Students may transfer up to one-half (1/2) the minimum number of credit hours required for the Ed.S. degree from the Ann Arbor and Flint U-M campuses. Courses must be at least at the 500 level. The student’s program advisor must approve the transfer of the course and credits. Transfer of credit will be considered if:

  • Graduate credits were completed within five years of application to the Ed.S. program at another accredited institution.
  • Graduate credits were completed at another U-M School or College (including Flint and Ann Arbor).
  • Graduate Extension courses were completed at any of these campuses
    • University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University and Oakland University.
  • Courses taken at an undergraduate institution, only if
    1. Students completed the course during their junior or senior year.
    2. They were approved for graduate credit by the graduate school of the institution where and when the student took the course.
    3. The courses were not used in whole or in part, in any way, to meet requirements for a degree.
    4. The student’s program advisor approves the transfer of the course and credits.

Concentration Areas

The Education Specialist degree is a 30-credit hour program of study. It provides candidates with a selection of three areas of concentration.

Educational Leadership

The concentration in Educational Leadership provides students the ability to develop the leadership and administrative skills needed to identify, solve and anticipate the challenges facing Michigan schools and community colleges.

Students in the Educational Leadership concentration can complete the program and be recommended to the Michigan Department of Education for the Central Office Administrator Certificate for educators in, or aspiring to, a K-12 school or district central office leadership position.

Course requirements:

Metropolitan Education

The concentration in Metropolitan Education prepares students to assume leadership positions in metropolitan school systems and other educational agencies with a focus on the historical, political, economic and socio-cultural context of communities and schools.

Curriculum and Practice

Become subject-area leaders and/or a curriculum specialist. This is a flexible concentration that may include any of the disciplines in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services such as mathematics, science, literacy, social studies, early childhood education and English as a Second Language.

Department Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)

Academic Advisor

Chris Burke, Ph.D.
313-593-5319, C19 FCS
To schedule an appointment call the CEHHS Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090.

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