Objectives

The Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in Adult and Higher Education is a scholarly practitioner’s degree for graduate students who have earned their Master's degree and intend to work within a post secondary setting or other adult and community educational areas. The degree emphasizes doctoral level coursework to prepare students for specialized administrative positions where original research is not an expectation.


Program Flow

After acceptance, the student will be assigned a temporary advisor and should then meet with his/her assigned advisor. During the second semester of enrollment, the student will identify a graduate committee chair and committee members, establish and submit their program of study to the Graduate School.


Program of Study

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Core Courses (15 Credit Hours)

 

EDLD 605

Higher Education History and Philosophy

3

EDLD 616

Org & Administration of Higher Education

3

EDLD 628

College Students

3

EDU 637

Institutional Research and Assessment

3

or

 

 

EDU 614

Program Evaluation

3

EDU 600

Doctoral Seminar

3

Electives (18 credit hours)

 

EDLD 509

Issues and Trends in Higher Education

3

EDLD 512

Finance & Administration in Higher Education

3

EDLD 513

Resource and Program Management

3

EDU 612

Critical Race Theory

3

NASX 523

Am Indians/Minority in High Ed

3

EDLD 529

Post Secondary Distance Delivered Education

3

EDLD 635

College Teaching

3

EDLD 531

Student Development Theory

3

EDLD 533

Law and Policy in Higher Education

3

EDLD 535

Student Services

3

* Approved electives may be selected from other Education programs or departments that strengthen the student's program of study. These courses need to be selected in consultation with the chair.

Required Research Courses (9 Credits)

 

EDU 602

Educational Statistics II

3

EDU 610

Qualitative Educational Research

3

EDU 607

Quantitative Educational Research

3

EDCI 506, EDCI 501 or equivalent are prerequisite courses and do not satisfy research component of the degree.

 

Professional Paper or Comprehensive Exams

3

EDLD 575

Professional Paper or Comprehensive Exams

 

Total Credits

45


 

Committees

Candidates will have a three-member committee. The chair and one other member must be from the Adult and Higher Education faculty. The third committee member must have academic credentials in the area of the student's program of study and be approved by the Head of the Department of Education.


Chairs

The student should carefully select his/her chair after thorough conversations with the Adult and Higher Education faculty members. The chair will serve as the student's primary advisor. The committee, as a whole, is subject to the approval of the Head of the Department of Education. Chairs and members of a student's committee are subject to change. In addition, revision to the program of study can be made during the course of study with the chair's approval.


 

Comprehensive Examinations 

Near the end of completing course work, students will complete a written comprehensive exam or a professional paper. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the program of study. The substantive content of the written exam questions will be determined by the chair in consultation with the committee.

  or

Professional Paper

The student choosing the professional paper option will develop a professional paper as his/her summative experience. The professional paper will address a specific issue and contextualized problem of practice using appropriate theory and research-based best practices. Specifically, the professional paper will: 1) frame the problem; 2) review pertinent research literature; 3) identify appropriate methods used to demonstrate the extent of the problem and the efficacy of the solution employed; and 4) provide recommendations grounded in research to solve the problem.


Additional Education Specialist Requirements

The Education Specialist degree must meet the minimum requirements under the For Doctoral Students section on found in the departmental website with the following two exceptions: 1) no dissertation is required, and 2) courses over seven years old may not be included on the graduate program of study.

Additional requirements for the EdS degree are available through the Department of Education. All EdS degree candidates are expected to be familiar with both departmental and The Graduate School's requirements.

While many courses for the Education Specialist degree are the same as those for the EdD and PhD degrees, it must be clearly understood that admission to one program does not imply admission to the other. EdS students must formally apply to the EdD or PhD program as well as be in good standing with The Graduate School, and not failed the doctoral comprehensive exam.


Contact Information

Dr. Sweeney Windchief, Program Leader
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Dr. Bryce Hughes
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Dr. Carrie Myers  (on sabbatical 2021-2022 AY)
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Dr. Tricia Seifert
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