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 PreK–12 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.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program, you will be prepared to:

  • Support learning for a diverse student population through the use of technology in effectively designed curriculum.
  • Increase skills surrounding program design and evaluation through the use of professional development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trends/issues in education to promote social change and make a positive impact in school and community environments.
  • Utilize data-driven, learner-centered assessment to promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school personnel, and community members in order to advocate for student needs.
  • Practice ethically in the profession.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of community service and citizenship through the integration of content curriculum and instruction with real-world projects outside of the classroom.
  • Design a scholarly response to address a curriculum, instruction, and assessment problem and contribute to the profession.


Like all of our Education Specialist degree programs, Walden’s EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program is designed to empower busy educators like you to pursue a specialized post-master’s degree while continuing to work full time. Our program offers unprecedented flexibility that lets you tailor your studies to your needs and goals, and even change direction mid-stream without losing time or money.

  • You can switch degree paths even after starting your program. Students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program and the EdS post-master’s programs take the same four initial courses. With our Lifelong Learner Pathway, you can continue toward your doctoral degree without having to start over.
  • Earn your degree faster by transferring credits from prior coursework, saving you even more time and money in earning your EdS degree.
  • Increase your impact as an educator-leader in less time. With an EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, you can make a greater impact on your salary and career trajectory—not to mention your community—in significantly less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or PhD in Education.
  • Learn from highly qualified and diverse faculty mentors, who blend academic theory with real-world insights to enrich your learning and broaden your perspectives on the latest trends.
  • NCATE accreditation assures you that our programs are high quality. The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. As a recognized standard of excellence in preparing PreK–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures we have met rigorous national standards.

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

Note on Licensure
For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

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. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.


Clarice Davis

Clarice Davis

MSED and EdS in Teacher Leadership Graduate
My education has had a positive effect on my career, instilling leadership skills that have provided me the opportunity to improve the services I provide to clients and receive a job promotion.
I am a first-generation college graduate. By earning my degree, I’ve set a positive example for my son. I know I’ve shown him that he can do anything.
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