Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Program Apart?

With Curriculum and Instruction as well as Educational Leadership degree concentrations, the EdS builds on your experience as an educator and allows you to reach your specific goals. Whether you plan to lead in the classroom, develop and direct curriculum, advance as an administrator or supervisor, or pursue your doctorate degree and enter higher education, the EdS program prepares you to excel. The program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and students are eligible for the Michigan Central Office Administrator Certificate upon completion.


A flexible part-time program designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, the EdS blends online coursework with once-a-month classroom instruction. Convenient Saturday classes are held on the UM-Flint campus or at the location of one of our educational partners.


The EdS is a well-structured program that provides a clear path to your degree and your goals. You’ll know exactly which classes to take and when to take them; so you’ll be ready to emerge with your advanced degree in hand in 20 months.


Many EdS courses are taught by current and former K-12 superintendents as well as tenure-track faculty who bring real-world knowledge and experiences to their instruction. Our faculty experts make themselves available to you outside the normal class schedule as well as online.


You’ll complete the EdS with a small cohort of fellow educators who share your passion for educational excellence. This cohort structure enables you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Coursework emphasizes team-based project work that allows for networking while improving collaborative and communication skills. 


As part of the EdS program, you’ll complete two field-based practicums. Relevant to your specific area of leadership interest, these experiences and projects connect you to practicing professionals who mentor and support your success.


The EdS provides excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree, including the Doctor of Education at UM-Flint.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, you’ll also have access to the full academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.


Education (Ed.S)

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The Catalog is published annually and constitutes the official document of the University, although the information therein is subject to change at any time by official action of the University of Michigan-Flint. In the event such an action is taken, students affected will be advised by their units of the options available to them to complete their degrees. Every reasonable effort will be made to permit students to complete these programs or similar programs. Changes made to program and degree requirements, including general education requirements become effective the fall semester following approval and apply to all students admitted to the University that term and thereafter.

Students must satisfy degree requirements in effect at the time of their admission to the University of Michigan-Flint. Students who select a major or minor offered in a catalog subsequent to their original admission at the University of Michigan-Flint must follow the catalog in effect at the time the new major or minor is offered. Students may choose to use newer catalogs, but not older catalogs. Students who do not attend for one calendar year, must be readmitted to the university through the Admissions Office and must satisfy degree and program requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.

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The University of Michigan-Flint Catalog is issued annually.

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Faculty Editor, Dr. Kristina Hansen

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  • Completion of an MA or MS in an education-related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum overall graduate school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 6.0 on a 9.0 scale, or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of work experience in an educational setting

Note: Admission to the Ed.S. program does not guarantee subsequent admission to the UM-Flint Doctor of Education program.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from colleges and universities that issued your bachelor and master’s degrees
  • An essay of at least 250 words describing your reason for seeking admission to the program. 
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Educational Leader Evaluation, which should be completed by a person who has been your supervisor at some point during the last three years
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a professor in a class taken at the graduate level, addressing your potential for success in the program
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.  To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs on or before the application deadline:

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1

* You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

The final application deadline for international students is May 1 for the fall semester.

  • A second cohort of the Ed.S. program will now be offered in the Eastern Upper Peninsula beginning Fall 2014.