Education Specialist Degree

Education Specialist Degree

Admission Requirements

See General Admission Requirements. An applicant is not required to have majored in education on the undergraduate level. However, some curriculum and instruction specializations do have additional admission requirements.

Students may not earn both a master’s degree and an Ed.S. or Ed.D. from PCC in the same specialization, except educational leadership. Those who completed a Master of Science degree in educational leadership and want to pursue a higher degree in the same area should contact the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office for adjustments to required courses.

Requirements for the Ed.S.

The education specialist study consists of the mastery of a field of knowledge. A minimum of 36 credit hours beyond master’s degree or 66 credit hours beyond bachelor’s degree is required for the specialist degree.

All work must be completed within 5 years. The 5 years begins with the first course taken in the Education Specialist program.

Education Specialist Comprehensive Examination

Candidates for the Ed.S. must pass a comprehensive examination. The examination is intended to provide evidence that the candidate has mastered the specialized knowledge required for the degree. The examination may be retaken only one time.

Students must meet GPA requirements before taking the comprehensive examination. Only students who have applied for graduation and are completing their degree requirements in the current semester/class may apply to take the comprehensive examination. Further information regarding the Education Specialist Comprehensive Examination is available from the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office.

Residence Requirements

Each education specialist student must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework. All coursework for Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction may be completed online. Coursework may also be completed through on-campus summer sessions and online learning. Up to 12 credit hours may be earned during the 7-week summer term. See upcoming summer courses.

Graduation Requirements

See Graduation Requirements.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolled in ED 718 are required to own a personal laptop for use in class. An SPSS subscription is also required; laptop specifications must meet minimum SPSS system requirements.