Degree Spotlight: EdS in Teaching and Learning

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Graduates from education programs may be hesitant to enroll in a doctoral program for several years. The Education Specialist (EdS) in Teaching and Learning degree program at Grand Canyon University is designed to build the skills required for K-12 educational leadership.

The main difference between an EdS and EdD is that EdD programs are much more intensive programs. The EdS has no Residency or dissertation requirement, which is ideal for those who want to pursue a doctoral degree at a later point in time or are uncertain about their career goals. The writing-intensive EdS capstone course offers learners the opportunity to apply skills related to their professional development and goals.

What Will I Learn?

Learners in this program use a research-based curriculum to study theories of teaching and understand factors that affect the classroom from a global perspective. Additionally, Learners can use what they have learned throughout the program to implement effective theories and technologies to improve student learning in a teaching career.

Career Opportunities

The EdS helps learners gain insights into their field and gain positions at the district level or higher, while providing a range of skills for administrative work and curriculum development at their current school of employment. The list below shows some of the careers that the EdS can help with.

Building-Level Administration

Building-level administrators, namely principals, oversee the responsibilities of an individual school campus. Other positions at this level of administration include employee management and the Assistant Principal.

District-Level Administration

District-level administrators, capped at the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, oversee the various campuses within their school district. All building level administrators report to the district. Other specialized directors handle areas such as curriculum, technology, transportation and human resources.

Educational Leadership

Many educators choose to get an EdS and remain in their current positions, drawing from a wide range of new skills and research.

If you want to advance your career in education, consider enrolling in the EdS in Teaching and Learning program at Grand Canyon University. This fully online post-master's program is less demanding than a doctoral program, and graduates can transfer credits from their EdS if they decide to pursue an EdD program later on. To learn more about the programs offered by the College of Doctoral Studies, please visit our website or click on the Request More Information button on this page.

Written by Samuel Sprague, a public policy major at Grand Canyon University.

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