With an EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, you will learn to lead effective curricular and instructional change initiatives that transform teaching and learning in your school or district.

Do you aspire to be a curriculum expert with the skills to drive change in any educational system? The Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is designed for classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, department chairs, directors of instruction, administrators, and any educator who seeks to influence positive educational change and improve student achievement through effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

In this education specialist degree online program, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design and strategies, effective teaching, program evaluation, student assessment, and teacher professional development.
  • Learn from real-life scenarios and think critically about ways to drive innovation in school districts and regional, state, and federal education agencies. Then learn to apply these strategies to measurably improve Pre12 schools.
  • Engage in course projects that emphasize the critical thinking skills needed to shape schools and school systems to meet the diverse needs of all students.

An EdS degree can dramatically impact your salary and career as an educator-leader in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn a Doctor of Education (EdD) or PhD in Education. However, the innovative structure of our Lifelong Learner Pathway allows you to lay the groundwork for your doctorate if you later choose to pursue it. As an EdS student, you will take the same initial courses as EdD and PhD in Education students, where you exchange ideas and engage in advanced graduate coursework. If you are inspired to earn your doctorate, you can transfer seamlessly into the EdD program with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment without starting over, saving you time and money. See how it works.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

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  • What They Say

    “Our nation’s focus on quality curriculum and instruction has increased educators' interests in improving teaching at their schools. Walden’s EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development helps educators develop as effective instructional experts in their communities.”

    Dr. Alice Duhon-Ross
    Program Director, EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development


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    start the EdS in Curriculum Instruction
    and Professional Development on
    August 31, 2015.



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