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Curriculum Studies (EdS)

​The Curriculum Studies Education Specialist Program (EdS) is intended for those who wish to pursue new career opportunities in fields related to education or strengthen their current position in schools, universities, or community organizations. The program instills in graduates the ability to understand the complex and dynamic challenges and opportunities in education; integrate interdisciplinary perspectives to inform decisions and help shape the nature and improve the quality of educational institutions; and apply program concepts to enhance leadership, capacity for collaboration, and critical examination of educational institutions and the learning process. 

The Curriculum Studies Education Specialist Program is a degree that allows students to engage in coursework toward an advanced degree beyond a master's without the additional requirement of a dissertation.


  • All classes are offered in the evening to better accommodate professionals' schedules.
  • Students taking two courses per quarter can complete the program in as little as 2.5 years.
  • Unlike almost all doctoral degrees, specialist degrees do not require a dissertation. Therefore, EdS students are not expected to engage in the in-depth research, analysis, and extensive conceptual and empirical framing required to research, write, and defend a dissertation.
  • EdS students have the opportunity to take additional coursework towards Principal Licensure, Superintendent Endorsement, or Teacher Leader Endorsement​.
  • Potential professional opportunities for Education Specialists include adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education; curriculum specialists, directors of assessment, directors of instruction, and curriculum directors; P-12 teachers and teacher leaders, coaches, and mentors; and deans, administrators, and principals.