Online Education Specialist (Ed.S) Degree Program

A Post-Master’s Degree for Responsible Education Leaders

The University of Michigan-Flint’s online Education Specialist (EdS) is an advanced degree program designed for ambitious in-service teachers or school administrators like you to increase leadership, communication, and administration competencies.

With two concentrations—Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership, the EdS online program 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 empowers you to excel.

UM-Flint’s online Education Specialist degree program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education. Upon completion, you are eligible for the Michigan School Administrator Certificate with a Central Office (CO) Endorsement.


Why Earn an Education Specialist (EdS) Degree at UM-Flint?

Flexible Online Part-Time Format

Tailored for working teachers and school administrators, the University of Michigan-Flint’s online Education Specialist degree program provides a flexible part-time learning format. The part-time format can accommodate your busy work schedule allowing you to seek career development without being away from the workforce. The majority of the EdS coursework can be completed online with once-a-month classroom instruction sessions.

Field-Based Experience

The online EdS degree program emphasizes field-based learning. As part of the Ed.S program curriculum, the two field-based practicums give you the opportunity to apply knowledge to practice in a K-12 or postsecondary environment. Relevant to your specific area of leadership interest, these experiences and projects connect you to practicing professionals who mentor and support your success.

20-Month Structured Program

The Education Specialist is a well-structured program that provides a clear path to your degree and your goals. You know exactly which classes to take and when to take them. Improving your skills and knowledge in a progressive manner, you’ll be ready to emerge with your advanced degree in hand in 20 months.

Small Cohorts

The UM-Flint’s online EdS degree is a cohort-based program. You can study with a small group 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 projects that allow networking while improving collaboration and communication skills.

Path to Doctorate

The EdS program provides excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree, particularly the Doctor of Education at the University of Michigan-Flint.

U-M Resources

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

Online Education Specialist Program Curriculum

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Education Specialist degree program employs a robust 30-credit curriculum that fosters students’ decision-making, teaching, and learning management skills, as well as their leadership potential. The curriculum blends online coursework with monthly in-person instruction sessions. Students can complete the EdS program in as little as 20 months on a part-time basis.

The online EdS degree program offers two concentration options for students to customize their curriculum depending on their professional aspirations and interests:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
    The Curriculum and Instruction concentration is ideal for teachers who want to advance their skills in curriculum development, design, and implementation. 
  • Educational Leadership
    The Educational Leadership concentration empowers you to pursue high-level administrative roles in education. It arms you with skills in management and leadership.

The program starts with 12 credits of core courses at a pace of 2 courses per semester. After the completion of core courses, students delve into 9 credits of concentration courses focusing on either Curriculum & Instruction or Educational Leadership. In the end, students need to complete a 6-credit field experience as well as a capstone project to demonstrate their synthesis of knowledge and abilities to address emerging challenges in education.

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Educational Specialist program curriculum and required courses.

EdS Degree Career Opportunities

The University of Michigan-Flint’s online Education Specialist degree program prepares you to further your career in K-12 and post-secondary education as a compassionate, responsible, and well-rounded educator.

With an Education Specialist degree, you can pursue many job opportunities and are ready to challenge yourself with executive leadership assignments. You are also empowered to increase teaching effectiveness, foster student success, and improve educational equity and quality in the educational system.

Potential career paths include:

  • K-12 School Principal 
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator
  • Curriculum Director
  • School Superintendent
  • K-12 Teacher

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the online Education Specialist degree program should meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of an MA or MS degree 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 three years of work experience in a P-16 educational institution or in an education-related position

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered 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’s and master’s degrees
  • An essay of at least 1000 words describing your reason for seeking admission to the program. 
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) identifying training, experience, and professional accomplishments
  • 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. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

*Alumni of a UM-Flint graduate program or a Rackham graduate program (any campus) may substitute the Change of Program or Dual Degree Application which requires no application fee.

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

Application Deadlines

The online Education Specialist 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*): April 1
  • Fall (final deadline): August 1

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

Advising Services for Education Specialist Students

Do you need more guidance on your journey of pursuing an Education Specialist degree? At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors to help you with your application, career exploration, and designing a plan of study. Book an appointment today.


Advance Your Career in Education with an Online EdS Degree

Apply to the University of Michigan-Flint’s flexible online Education Specialist (EdS) degree program today to cultivate your expertise in educational leadership. Earn the EdS degree in 20 months and elevate your career to the next level.

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