Specialist Degrees

College of Education


Specialist in Education with a Major in Early Childhood Education

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12-18 months | Credit Hours: 27

Our Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) degree program is designed to prepare teacher leaders who are instrumental in the creation and implementation of instructional policies and practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Program coursework and field experiences expand and deepen graduates’ theoretical and pedagogical knowledge and enable graduates to understand and apply innovative, emerging research on developments in Early Childhood Education.

Specialist in Education with a Major in Educational Leadership

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For detailed information on the Ed. S. Program and the Certificate Only program, go to the Department of Leadership and Instruction home page and select Educational Leadership.

Specialist in Education with a Major in Media (Instructional Technology)

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18 months | Credit Hours: 27

The purpose of the Ed.S. program in Instructional Technology is to provide superior student-focused education that is personally relevant and intellectually challenging. The program is committed to the following areas of excellence:

  • Preparing progressive, innovative, academically grounded instructional technologists;
  • Building and enhancing skills in research and program evaluation to support instructional growth and improvement;
  • Developing innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences;
  • Cultivating diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and
  • Promoting the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.

Specialist in Education with a Major in Media (School Library Media)

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The purpose of the Ed.S. program in School Library Media is to provide superior student-focused education that is personally relevant and intellectually challenging. The program is committed to the following areas of excellence:

  • Preparing progressive, innovative, academically grounded school library specialists;
  • Enabling school library media specialists to successfully develop, administer, and evaluate effective school library media programs;
  • Building and enhancing skills in research and program evaluation to support instructional growth and improvement;
  • Pioneering innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences;
  • Collaborating with all stakeholders to enhance student achievement;
  • Cultivating diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and
  • Promoting the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.

Specialist in Education with a Major in Professional Counseling

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The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is designed for graduate students with a master's degree in counseling who desire further specialization as professional counselors and a higher level of competence in their work settings. The degree consists of 27 semester hours after completion of the master's degree.

Specialist in Education with a Major in Special Education

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Credit Hours: 27

The EdS-SPED degree is designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Special Education who have completed a degree in special education. The program consists of a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours, including an Exit Examiniation/Research Project. In this program, candidates will be required to read, write, and research the major topics in Special Education. Candidates enroll in 15 hours of 7000 and 8000 level special education Content Specialization courses and 12 hours of 8000 level special education research. Most of the required courses include a designated artifact that is utilized as part of the assessment plan for each candidate. Students may begin the program either Fall or Spring semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner. Program website and contacts: The Department of Learning and Teaching website includes other relevant information. Dr. Jessica Bucholz, Special Education Program Coordinator: jbucholz@westga.edu, 678-839-6161