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.
PATH TO DOCTORATE
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.