Educational Specialist Degree (EDAS)
The Education Specialist Degree is granted after the master’s degree and before the doctorate. In leadership, the Education Specialist degree provides a plan of organized advanced study for practitioners in the field of education who wish to develop a higher level of competency. The program makes possible greater depth of specialization than is offered at the master’s level, and each program of study is designed to meet the specific and unique needs of a particular professional position such as building level administrator, program coordinator, and superintendent.
- The candidate to the Educational Specialist degree must have the following:
- a master’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution;
- a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 (4.0 scale) in the program of study OR 3.0 GPA and a combined minimum score of 890 on the GRE’s verbal and quantitative sections and 4.5 on the writing and analytical sections, OR a 391 on the MAT within the past five years.
- an autobiographical data form;
- a recommendation of the program advisor;
- two letters of reference
- valid teaching license
- evidence of four years teaching in the content area
Co-requisite: Exceptional Child Course: SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education, OR Equivalent course from an accredited institution.
Educational specialist applicants are not eligible for conditional admission.
Requirements for the degree include a minimum of 39 hours beyond the Master’s degree. Twelve (12) semester hours of post-master’s degree in educational administration courses may be transferred to the 39 hour EdS degree program courses if taken within five years of program admittance at a regionally accredited institution.
The culminating experience is the candidate’s Specialist Degree Portfolio presentation to program faculty and school administrator.
Degree Plan/Program of Study
The program of study includes the following courses that constitute the standards associated with that body of knowledge and the application of appropriate skills and dispositions to be a successful school administrator.
EdS Required Coursework (24 hours) EDAS 8300 Educational Seminar and Scholarly Writing EDAS 8301 Group Dynamics and Behavior in Learning Organizations EDAS 8305 School Personnel Administration EDAS 8308 Central Office and Special Programs Administration EDAS 8311 The Superintendency EDAS 8312 School Business Management/Facilities Planning EDAS 8313 School and Community Relations EDAS 8314 Contemporary Issues in Ed Administration Educational Foundations (12 hours) EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics EDFN 7373 Qualitative Research Methods EDFN 8305 Intermediate Statistics EDFN 8306 Advanced Educational Research District Level Internship EDAS 8380 Administrative Internship in Central Office
Arkansas Administrator Licensure Arkansas Principal LicensureThe School Leader Licensure Assessment must be taken by all candidates seeking principal licensure and/or school district director or supervisor. The exam may be taken during the last semester of the student’s program of study. A student must attain a score of at least 158 to apply for the Arkansas Principal or Curriculum/Program Administrator license. A student not meeting this score may graduate and has up to three years from the date of program graduation to obtain the required score. The candidate must have completed four years of teaching to qualify for initial license.
Arkansas Superintendent LicensureThe Superintendent Licensure Assessment must be taken by all candidates seeking administrator licensure (superintendent, associate/assistant superintendent). The exam may be taken during the last semester of the student’s program of study. A student must attain a passing score to apply for the Arkansas Administrator License. A student not meeting this score may graduate and will have up to three years from the date of program graduation to obtain the required score.