What are the Benefits of GCU’s Education Specialist Degree?

Posted on August 31, 2017  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Are you considering Grand Canyon University’s Education Specialist (EdS) in K-12 Leadership program? Program chair Dr. Wayne Schmidt describes GCU’s K-12 EdS degree program as a transformative experience for teachers who are prepared to advance their learning beyond their master’s degree.

First, the EdS in K-12 Leadership is conducted entirely online, and Grand Canyon University is an experienced leader when it comes to online education. The institution provides nearly 60,000 learners around the globe with an innovative, digital classroom and strong support from faculty. Because of the online learning format’s flexibility and convenience, students can attain advanced education with coursework that accommodates their work and life commitments.

Second, the education specialist degree has no residency or dissertation requirements. Also, unlike doctorate programs that are research-focused, GCU’s online EdS degree focuses on instructional improvement and best practices for organizational leadership. Some of the topics include curriculum supervision, K-12 education policy, management and decision-making.

However, Dr. Schmidt continues, the coursework is doctoral-level study, and this program offers content knowledge that is similar to GCU’s EdD programs, but without the comprehensive research and dissertation components. This design allows you to further your education while continuing to teach.

The EdS degree offers you the opportunity to transform your career, and it may qualify you for salary increases and leadership positions. You can complete this degree in about a year and a half.

To see Dr. Schmidt’s complete presentation on the benefits of GCU’s education specialist degree, watch the video below:

At Grand Canyon University, we offer the online education specialist curriculum to help current educators improve their instructional skills in the K-12 classroom. For details, visit our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

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