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Online Education Specialist in Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development (Ed.S.)

Complete Coursework: 20 months  |  Credit Hours: 30
Tuition: $18,700 in-state  |  $18,800 out-of-state

The Education Specialist in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development positions teachers for district-level executive management of curricular and instructional initiative to improve teaching and learning.

An Education Specialist Program That Balances Theory With Practicality

Designed for educators holding master's degrees, the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction prepares you to assume district-level responsibilities through coursework that:

  • Focuses on developing a strong base of understanding organizational structure and skill building in leadership, communication, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Explores theory, research, and practice related to leading and managing organizational environments requiring creating and sustaining personal, professional, and organizational change and adaptation
  • Provides significant opportunities to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills identified in the district-level standards through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings

Students who complete the degree program and pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators test are eligible for an Administrative Specialist: Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development license in the state of Ohio. Beginning September 1, 2013, a new test series (Ohio Assessments for Educators), will replace many of the Praxis II(r) tests as the required Ohio educator licensure tests. If you are a new candidate for teacher certification, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website for further information.

Earn Your Ed.S. Online in as Few as 24 Months

Wright State's unique online degrees in education provide the flexibility and affordability you need to continue your education while balancing your personal life and professional responsibilities. With five convenient start dates per year, no thesis or oral defense requirement, and 100% online classes, you can advance toward your degree on your schedule.

To learn more, contact an enrollment specialist at 855-704-0312.

Accreditation Information

Wright State is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 1307 New York Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington DC, 20005, 202-293-2450.

The Wright State University College of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036. 202-466-7496.

Wright State University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission oversees the accreditation of degree-granting colleges and universities in nineteen Midwestern and South-Central states. The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, 800-621-7440 / 312-263-0456

Wright State University's education programs, including school counseling, are approved by the Ohio State Board of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-4183. 877-644-6338.

Courses

Program Courses

Advanced Educational Measurement Theory & Practice

EDL 8580  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

School district level interpretation of assessments, evaluation, accountability measures, standardization, validation, reliability, item analysis, norm setting, criterion referencing, standardized tests, and the development of district level long-range improvement and accountability systems.

Curriculum & Instruction Leadership

EDL 9610  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Emphasizes the roles of the curriculum, instructional and professional development leader. Focuses on developing a strong base of understanding organizational structure and skill building in leadership, communication, decision-making, and problem solving.

Leadership for Individual & Collective Change

EDL 9620  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Exploring theory, research, and practice related to leading and managing organizational environments requiring creating and sustaining personal, professional, and organizational change and adaptation.

Advanced Curriculum Analysis & Accountability

EDL 9630  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Exploring curriculum development at a district level.

The Leader, Law & Special Populations

EDL 9740  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

District-level leadership related to compliance with school laws and serving the needs of special populations.

Community Relations & Processes

EDL 9800  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

The course examines relationships between schools and communities from demographic, political and marketing perspectives. The course focuses on school and community roles in delivering educational programs and services responsive to local needs.

Organizational Behavior in Education & Human Services

EDL 9860  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Analyzing organizations and educational institutions in particular through a social systems orientation. Role theory, leadership theory and styles, ethical behavior, and decision-making theory and practice are addressed from an organizational perspective.

Administration Leadership in Communication

EDL 9870  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Focuses on the development of leadership skills in relationship to individual and organizational communications, group processes, conflict management, decision making, and problem solving. Participants study and practice the principles of change.

School District Finance & Fiscal Management

EDL 9930  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Guiding principles for developing adequate district fiscal programs; study of local, state, and federal revenue sources; and, procedures in management of district funds.

CIPD Capstone Practicum

EDL 9555  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

The practicum provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills identified in the district-level standards through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings.

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