This course may be taken prior to or during the same term.
|Degree:||Education Specialist (Ed.S.)|
|Department:||Research and Advanced Studies|
Building 77, Room 105
|College:||Education and Professional Studies|
|Semester Hours Required For Degree: 36|
The Ed.S. program at UWF is a 36 credit post-master’s degree inclusive of an applied research capstone project or a competency–based portfolio. The program is designed primarily for professionals who hold positions of leadership in education and training, social sciences, or the military. The purpose of the program is to develop curriculum-related content experts through advanced knowledge, contextualization, and requisite skills of individuals who work in a variety of leadership settings. The research component is practitioner-oriented with emphasis on the utilization of research findings for decision making and problem solving. Student backgrounds include, but are not limited to, public school personnel, community college and university personnel, social and health related personnel, and military personnel.
A student entering the Ed.S. program has the opportunity to apply to the Ed.D. after completion of the program. Five of the core courses, EDF 6404 Educational Statistics I, EDF 7475 Qualitative Research I - Methods, EDF 7191 Psychological Foundations for Education: Cognition, Curriculum, and Instruction, EDG 7346 Advanced Analysis of Curriculum and Instruction, and EDF 7685 Educational Foundations: A Philosophical and Multicultural Analysis, will transfer to the Ed.D. program upon successful application and acceptance. If the student takes the exact sequence of courses offered in the specialization area of study, then all five courses taken will transfer into the Ed.D. program within the same specialization. On the other hand, if a student wishes to enroll in a different Ed.D. specialization from what was taken in the Ed.S., it will be handled on a case by case basis. Students who apply and are admitted into the Ed.D. program may earn an Ed.S. when they have successfully completed 36 credits of course work including a capstone research project or a competency-based portfolio.
Admission to the Ed.S. program is a selective process, therefore, meeting the minimum eligibility criteria stated below does not guarantee admission into the program. Applicants for the specialist program must meet all university and departmental admission requirements. Preference for admission will be given to those students whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success in their chosen course of study. Admission is made at the department level and thus there are university and departmental requirements for admission to this program.
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:
Students are strongly encouraged to remain in close contact with department faculty mentors, CEPS Advising Center, and the Ed.D. Program Office to ensure that all application materials are submitted in a timely manner. There will be three admission cycles per year: January, May, and August.
To be eligible for the Ed.S., a student must complete all requirements listed in the Graduation and General Degree Requirements section of this catalog along with the specific course requirements listed below. Students are required to receive at least a B- or above in all course work.
Students will complete the 18 semester hours professional core and complete 15 semester hours of specialization courses. The specialization areas are as follows: Administration and Leadership Studies, housed in the Department of Research and Advanced Studies; Diversity Studies, housed in the Department of Research and Advanced Studies; Instructional Design and Technology, housed in the Department of Instructional Workforce and Applied Technology; and Curriculum & Assessment Studies, housed in the Department of Teacher Education and Education Leadership. Capstone experiences are tailored to the student's professional goals and area of specialization.
|EDF 6404||Educational Statistics I||3|
|EDF 7475||Qualitative Research I - Methods||3|
|EDF 6481||Educational Research||3|
|EDF 7191||Psychological Foundations for Education: Cognition, Curriculum, and Instruction||3|
|EDF 7685||Educational Foundations: A Philosophical and Multicultural Analysis||3|
|EDG 7346||Advanced Analysis of Curriculum and Instruction||3|
Students will select five courses with advisor approval from one of the following specialized areas of study:
Administration and Leadership Studies
Instructional Design and Technology
Curriculum & Assessment
Students will complete a three hour capstone experience by taking one of the courses listed below. The course selected will depend on the student’s area of interest and specialization.
|EDF 6464||Applied Program Evaluation||3|
|EDF 6943||Supervised Experience in Single Case Design||3|
|EME 7063||Research on Emerging and Innovative Technology Systems||3|