Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction (Online)


The Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction degree is a 30-hour (minimum) online graduate degree. The program is designed for the long-term professional educator. Applicants must have earned a master's degree prior to this degree and have a minimum of four years of experience that relates to the applicants goals for completing the program.

The GRE is not currently required for applicants. Due to test center closures related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic applicants may apply without submitting GRE scores.

The Education Specialist degree prepares students to become teacher leaders, curriculum specialists, and/or instructional coaches in K-12 schools and districts. This degree can also prepare individuals for leadership roles and work at community colleges, museums, foundations, and other for- and non-profit organizations. The program is personalized and flexible. Advisors meet with students to design a program of study that complements students’ professional goals.

Students may choose to enroll in the educational specialist program to extend and deepen their personal knowledge of professional practice, to enhance their skills for new responsibilities, or to become more adept in addressing persistent problems of professional practice.

To fulfill the requirements of the Ed.S. degree, students complete a minimum of 30 credit-hours of study that include the following:

  • 3 credit-hours of coursework focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • 3 credit-hours of work on a culminating project
  • Students will work with an advisor to determine 24 credit hours from one or more Areas of Emphasis.
    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Educational Innovation
    • English as a Second Language
    • Gifted Education
    • Instructional Technology
    • Literacy Leadership
    • Science Education
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Special Education

Notes:

  • The Ed.S. degree with a literacy area of emphasis is NOT the same as the state pre K-12 reading specialist endorsement. Please see the Reading Education website for information about the endorsement requirements.

Program Details


  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    The GRE is not currently required for applicants. Due to test center closures related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic applicants may apply without submitting GRE scores.

    Prerequisite: Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
    Admissions Requirements:

    1. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must come from a current supervisor.
    2. Goal statement of approximately 2,000 words. The goal statement should include your how your recent professional experiences have influenced your decision to pursue this degree as well as how you intend to use the degree to reach your future professional goals.
    3. OPTIONAL: GRE scores that are no more than 5 years old. Successful applicants typically have scores of at least 150 verbal, 145 quantitative, and 4.0 analytic writing. Unofficial scores are accepted when applying; however, once admitted official scores will be required.
  • Application Due Date
    • Spring Entry: November 1st
    • Summer Entry: March 15th
    • Fall Entry: April 15th

    Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline closes.

  • Tuition and Funding

    Information on tuition can be found on the School of Education and Human Development's Tuition & Fees webpage.

    Funding Opportunities

    Students who maintain at least consistent half-time enrollment may apply for federal financial aid. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on the UVA School of Education and Human Development's Financial Aid webpage. Virginia K-12 educators are eligible for the Virginia Educator's Discount.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis. Students enrolled on a full-time basis can complete program requirements in a single calendar year. The School of Education and Human Development suggests that students who also work full-time enroll in the program on a part-time basis. Part-time students often complete the program within 2 years.

    Semester of Entry:

    Students apply to enter the Ed.S. program during the fall, spring, or summer.

    Full or Part Time:

    Full- or part-time enrollment is available. There are no residency requirements for this degree.

  • Program Outcomes

    Students in the Ed.S. program will

    • Analyze major issues in professional education practice, especially those policies and practices that influence what is happening in the student's chosen areas of emphasis
    • Integrate new professional knowledge and skills in personal professional practice
    • Design platforms for extending their own educational practice and the educational practice of others
    • Develop and strategically apply skills to address the complex realities and challenges facing diverse students, schools, families and communities
    • Enhance professional skills (leadership, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills) in the effort to improve schooling
    • Demonstrate proficiency in written, oral, and non-verbal communication
  • Program Overview

    The Education Specialist degree is a planned 30-credit (minimum) post-Master’s degree program in which candidates are expected to attain an understanding of major issues in professional education and the ability to integrate and apply what they have learned in an educational context.

    To fulfill the requirements of the Ed.S. degree, students are required to take 3- credit hours of coursework focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and 3-credit hours of work on a culminating project. The Ed.S. allows students to specialize in one or more areas of emphasis from which students work with their advisors to plan their course work and complete 24 credit hours.

    Students can select from the following Areas of Emphasis:

    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Educational Innovation
    • English as a Second Language
    • Gifted Education
    • Instructional Technology
    • Literacy
    • Science Education
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Special Education

    Please consult the Graduate Record for additional details about the Education Specialist degree.

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Graduates of this program often pursue teaching, administrative, and other leadership positions in K-12 schools and districts, community colleges, museums, foundations, and other for- and non-profit organizations.

  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

    Upon completion of the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.