Learn to lead curricular and instructional change initiatives that improve teaching and learning in your school or district.

Walden’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development is a curriculum and instruction program designed to help K–12 educators and administrators develop the expertise to improve student outcomes and teacher effectiveness. A unique blend of two critical areas of expertise, this program can help prepare you to become a highly effective curriculum specialist and professional developer of teachers.

The Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development is based on the standards of the National Staff Development Council. And with no residency requirement, this curriculum development program allows you to more easily balance your education with your personal and professional commitments.

An Education Specialist degree, sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.), is ideal for educators who want to remain working in the field but who would like to increase their influence and impact on their learning communities.


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    “Our nation’s increased focus on quality curriculum and instruction has many K–12 teachers and administrators interested in guiding initiatives to improve teaching and learning in their school or district. Walden’s Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development can help educators develop as effective instructional experts in their learning communities, conducting change initiatives that promote the individual growth of both students and teachers.”

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    Program Director, Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development

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Completion Requirements

  • 33 total semester credits

This program can be completed in as little as 22 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

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2014-2015 Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 33 total semester credit hours  $880 per semester hour $27,400
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $960
    Total $28,360

2013-2014 Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 30 total semester credit hours  $850 per semester hour $25,500
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Capstone Fee Per course $1,000 $1,000
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $960
    Total $27,460

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

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When you choose Walden’s Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ed.S. in Curriculum Instruction and Professional Development program:

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Organize adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the school and district.
  2. Require skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement.
  3. Require resources to support adult learning and collaboration.
  4. Use disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
  5. Use multiple sources of information to guide improvement and demonstrate its impact.
  6. Prepare educators to apply research to decision making.
  7. Use learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal.
  8. Apply knowledge about human learning and change.
  9. Provide educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate.
  10. Prepare educators to understand and appreciate all students; create safe, orderly, and supportive learning environments; and hold high expectations for their academic achievement.
  11. Deepen educators’ content knowledge, provide them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepare them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately.
  12. Provide educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately.

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For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.