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An education specialist degree (EdS degree) is an advanced degree for teachers who want to keep working while gaining specialized proficiency in a particular area of interest, such as administrative leadership, education technology, or early childhood.
Sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), the specialist in education degree is a post-master’s degree program that helps advance your career and prepare you for an influential leadership role.
Empowered with the latest relevant practices and methodologies in your field, you’ll be in a position to have a significant impact on your educational institution or district. As a change-making force, you’ll be able to address and help resolve pressing problems, paving the way for a more effective teaching and learning environment.
Online colleges and universities are responding to the education and career advancement needs of working teachers with a growing selection of online EdS degree programs including:
Change your Area of Specialization
After years of teaching, it’s not unusual for some educators to become interested in a different area of expertise than the subject area they’ve been teaching. For example, you may have 5 years of experience as a middle school math teacher, but you’ve become increasingly fascinated by the exciting advances in education technology and e-learning. An education specialist degree from an online university can provide the in-depth proficiency and credentials needed to refocus your career and become an education technology leader.
Career advancement goals change, too. You may have 10 years of experience as a history teacher, but your sights are now set on becoming an assistant principal, principal, or even district administrator or superintendent. An EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration can prepare you for education leadership roles.
Walden University provides a wide selection of online EdS degree programs to help educators attain their career goals quickly and affordably without having to take a sabbatical to achieve them. Learn more about Walden’s high-caliber online education specialist degrees.
Walden University, an accredited institution, has been serving the higher education needs of adult learners for 45 years. Today, more than 47,800 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or certificates online at Walden.
Explore Walden University's online education specialist degree programs and specialized certification programs that fit your career goals. Earn your degree at a pace that fits your life and schedule.
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 offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.
Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.
Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.
Walden’s EdS in College Teaching and Learning focuses on the development of scholarly teaching knowledge and skills. It does not necessarily provide individuals with all of the course credits required to teach in a particular academic discipline; therefore, additional subject-specific graduate credits may be needed. Individuals are responsible for ensuring that they meet the credentialing requirements of the institution where they want to teach. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of this coursework will permit an individual to teach at a higher education institution.