What the Degree is About
The goal of the Educational Specialist (EdS) program is to furnish students with advanced skills in instructional technology and learning sciences beyond those acquired with the master's degree. Students with this degree are prepared to assume leadership positions in industry, business, education, government and private organizations.
The program focus is practical and applied but grounded in theory. Students may choose from four areas of emphasis: interactive instructional tool building, advanced interactive multimedia design, adult and distance education or evaluation.
This program involves coursework, independent study, practicum experiences and a final project.
30 credits minimum are required for the EdS with a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Students with a master’s degree in a field other than Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences will be required to complete the ITLS master’s core (a total of 12 credits) in addition to the 30 credits. Students who do not have a master’s degree will be required to complete a 60 credit EdS, including the ITLS master’s core classes.