Education Specialist (EdS)

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 School Administrator Certificate with a Central Office (CO) Endorsement upon completion.

Flexible Format
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.

Structured Program
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.

Small Cohorts
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.

Field-Based Experience
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, 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’ll also have access to the full academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

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

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

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to 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 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. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F-1). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

*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.

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*): 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.