- EdS Education Specialist in the District
EdS Education Specialist in the District
Features and benefits of the program
- This program prepares students for superintendent licensure in the State of Illinois.
- The Education Specialist (EdS) degree program is a post-master’s course of study that provides students an area of educational specialization with an emphasis on practice.
- Individuals who have already completed a master’s degree in education or related field are eligible to pursue an EdS. The amount of additional coursework necessary for an EdS degree after obtaining a master’s degree is about the same as that needed to get a second master’s degree.
- The EdS degree provides an avenue to advance a career in education but does not require a dissertation.
- Students in the EdS program are eligible for financial aid.
What does completing the program qualify one to do?
- EdS degrees in Educational Leadership qualify individuals for superintendent and principal administrator positions. While principal positions generally only require a master’s degree, many individuals seeking a principal position will obtain an EdS.
- Individuals seeking program coordinator and department director positions may obtain an EdS in order to gain a competitive edge in terms of qualifications compared to someone with only a master’s degree.
Moving from the EdS to a Doctoral Program
The EdS program is designed for students pursuing a superintendent endorsement who do not desire to earn a doctorate at this time. If at a later time the student wishes to earn a doctoral degree, the 30 hours (ten classes) in the EdS Education Specialist program may be applied to a doctorate in Educational Leadership as follows:
- To complete an EdD program, the student would need an additional 31 credit hours (10 classes) and a dissertation.
- To complete a PhD program, the student would need an additional 37 credit hours (12 classes) and a dissertation.