Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Education of Diverse Populations, Ed.S.

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The Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Education of Diverse Populations, is designed for practitioners who already hold a master's degree in another field other than Curriculum and Instruction and wish to increase their knowledge and skills necessary to develop a school culture that values diversity and promotes high expectations and achievement for all. Experienced teachers and administrators will benefit from this degree program.

Students may take up to two graduate-level courses on a non-matriculated basis after consultation with the program advisor. Please email for more information. First-time students should register using the Non-Degree Course Registration Form for NEW Students.

Program Outline

Total courses required: 10 courses (30 credits)

Core Courses - 6 courses (18 credits)

  1. EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations
  2. EDUC.6101 Theories of Learning - Available Fall 2016!
  3. EDUC.6350 Dynamics of Curricular Change - Available Fall 2016!
  4. EDUC.6370 History & Theory of Curriculum
  5. EDUC.6380 Curriculum Design K-12 - Available Fall 2016!
  6. EDUC.5021 Issues, Mandates and Ethics in Special Education - Available Fall 2016!

Research and Evaluation - 1 course (3 credits)

  1. EDUC.5413 Practitioner Action Research
  2. EDUC.xxxx Other research course with approval of an advisor

Electives - 2 courses (6 credits)

  1. Select two elective courses.

Culminating Seminar - 1 course (3 credits)

  1. EDUC.6560 Ed.S Seminar*

*This course may only be taken after the completion of eight courses in the program.

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Admission to the Program

Admission to the Ed.S. degree program requires that an applicant hold a master's degree in education from an accredited college or university or a master's degree in a closely related field of study, with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0. Additionally, applicants should have at least three years of full-time experience in a K-12 school or a related setting. Full admission requirements can be found at but include:

  • Two-page statement in which you describe your educational philosophy and reasons for seeking entry to the degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Proof of professional teacher status (or GRE scores general test).
  • All official transcripts.
  • TOEFL scores if appropriate.

Note: Courses may require that assignments are completed in field settings. If you work in an educational setting you will, in most cases, be able to use your own place of employment for these assignments. However, it is the responsibility of the student to find an appropriate K-16 field setting to complete course work. UML will not secure field placements for students.

It is recommended that those individuals who are interested in the program take no more than TWO COURSES prior to seeking admission.

Program Requirements

In order to qualify for the Ed.S. degree, each candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits of course work in the specified degree program.
  2. Complete all course requirements for the degree program at this university. A maximum of six credits of course work (completed within the last five years) transferred from another accredited institution is the only exception granted.
  3. Complete all course requirements with a cumulative grade point average of a B or better. No additional course credits may be permitted in order to achieve the grade point average of a B or better required for the certificate.
  4. Complete the program within five years of the date of admission.

Course Descriptions

EDUC.5021 Issues, Mandates and Ethics in Special Education

This course will examine special education laws and ethical practices in K-12 settings. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.5413 Practitioner Action Research

This course examines how action research helps educators to learn to explore pressing classroom and school issues in systematic ways. Action research provide educators with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and skills as reflective practitioners, allowing them to contribute to the achievement of students and the improvement of schools. 3 credits.

EDUC.6101 Theories of Learning

This course offers a detailed analysis of the major contemporary learning theories, both behavioral and cognitive. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations

As the world becomes increasingly diverse, educators must be prepared to examine, confront, and manage the factors that affect the education of all children. This course addresses several central issues focusing on how teachers address the problems that confront students who differ from the majority population in language, ethnicity, culture, gender, and sexual orientation. Ensuring that their families and communities are actively involved in the educational process is also an important component of the course. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6350 Dynamics of Curricular Change

This course considers alternative perspectives of curriculum and explores issues and strategies involved in the process of changing the curricular visions and practices of schools. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6370 History & Theory of Curriculum

This course examines the historical development of American curriculum from the colonial period to the present, with a focus on theories that shaped what was taught in schools, and how those theories reflected social, cultural and political values and conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to curriculum theories that have shaped contemporary curriculum, and to examination of programs that reflect those theories. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6380 Curriculum Design K-12

A review of state mandates which, by law, shape the curriculum of the school. Examination of new curricula and their sources, as well as the development of a rationale for curriculum design and an evaluation of the personnel and techniques by which these curricula can be developed. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6560 Ed.S Seminar

Candidates undertake an in-depth study of issues pertinent to PK-12 education and develop a product to address these issues. Candidates must complete 24 credits prior to registering for the Ed.S Seminar. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Ed.S. Matriculated only

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