What You Need to Know About EdS Degrees

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As an aspiring or active educator looking to increase your expertise in your current teaching environment, you may benefit from an Education Specialist (EdS) degree program. These programs focus on a variety of emphases, all related to improving instruction and leadership in the educational environment.

How Does an EdS Differ From an EdD Degree?

An EdS Degree is like a Doctor of Education (EdD) program where both degrees aim to prepare working professionals in education to increase their qualifications and expertise. While both programs offer rigorous coursework, an EdS program typically requires less credit, features no dissertation requirements and has little or no residency requirements.

What Types of EdS Degrees Are There?

There is a wide variety of EdS degrees in the United States. Most degree programs focus on subjects, which are directly related to teaching, instruction, and administration in K-12 environments. Your specific experience as a learner in an EdS program will vary depending on the focus of your degree program.

What Jobs Can I Get With an EdS Degree?

Earning an EdS degree offers educators the opportunity to work in strong leadership positions at school board level and as principals and curriculum specialists in their existing teaching environment. Additionally, many EdS graduates benefit from their degree and choose to remain in their positions as educators.

An EdS program is typically less intensive than an EdD or PhD program. At Grand Canyon University, you can earn your EdS in less time. Our Eds in Teaching and Learning and our EdS in K-12 Leadership only require 30 credits, as opposed to the 60 credits required in our other programs. Additionally, the College of Doctoral Studies recognizes the difficulty learners can have attending classes on campus. For this reason, our EdS programs are offered entirely online, providing a seamless and comfortable educational experience. To learn more about our programs, visit our website or fill out the Request Info button on this page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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