Education Specialist Program (Ed.S.)

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.

Effective calendar year 2025, this program will move to a fall term only admit process.  To start in this program in 2025 or beyond, the application priority deadline to have all materials in will be March 15 and the hard deadline for applications will be May 15.  Applications submitted by these deadlines will be reviewed as they are received.

Course Information

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.

Admission Requirements

We utilize a holistic approach to reviewing applications and take into consideration all materials submitted when making admission decisions.  In order for us to complete this holistic review, students must submit the follow items with their application. The GRE is not required for admission to this program. The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

  • Bachelor's and Master's degree from accredited institutions
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3.3 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)
[email protected]

Academic Advisor

Stein Brunvand


Stein Brunvand, Ph.D.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brunvand please contact:

CEHHS Office of Student Success
email: [email protected]
phone: 313-593-5090.