The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development program prepares K–12 educators to be effective instructional leaders within their school or district. To help all students succeed at the highest levels of achievement, educators throughout the system must have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to enhance their own practices and make positive changes in teaching and learning. This program provides powerful learning opportunities for participants who want to lead systemic initiatives related to planning, designing, and implementing rigorous curriculum, instruction, and assessment plans. The program focuses on how to bring about teaching and learning reform through job-embedded professional development that focuses on content and aligns to standards and student needs.
- 33 total semester credits
- Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
- Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
- Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)
- Minimum of 6 semesters’ enrollment
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
1. Organize adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.
2. Become skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement.
3. Require resources to support adult learning and collaboration.
4. Use disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
5. Use multiple sources of information to guide improvement and demonstrate its impact.
6. Prepare educators to apply research to decision making.
7. Use learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal.
8. Apply knowledge about human learning and change.
9. Provide educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate.
10. Prepare educators to understand and appreciate all students; create safe, orderly, and supportive learning environments; and hold high expectations for their academic achievement.
11. Deepen educators’ content knowledge, provide them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepare them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately.
12. Provide educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately.