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Educational Specialist (EdS)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Designed for full-time educators who already possess at least a master’s degree, the educational specialist program at Carson-Newman takes you to the next level in your career. Through the program, you’ll develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings for application in a variety of educational settings. You’ll also build leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies. You complete assignments online and participate in online discussions and group activities, all in a flexible format. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one three-credit course every eight weeks, and during the summer, you may complete up to four courses. 

EMPHASIS OPTIONS

Administrative Leadership

Curriculum and Instruction Leadership


Accreditation

The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at Carson-Newman University is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Administrative Licensure mentioned on this page was part of the most recent review, jointly conducted by CAEP and the Tennessee Department of Education. For information regarding the CAEP Annual Reporting Measures, click here.


AT A GLANCE

36 credit hours

Approximately 2 years

Fully online

DID YOU KNOW?

All courses in the Ed.S. program apply towards the Carson-Newman’s Doctor of Education degree, which can be earned by taking an additional 9 hours in research courses and completing a dissertation.

VALUE

A graduate degree is an investment in your future, and we want to equip you to succeed.

• As a graduate student at Carson-Newman you’ll receive access to the full Microsoft Office suite.

• Graduate students enrolled in at least six credit hours qualify to apply for federal financial aid. If you qualify, you can borrow up to $20,500 per year, which is more than enough to cover the total program cost.

• You’ll be assigned a personal faculty advisor, who will help draft a course plan tailored to your specific goals.

PAYMENT PLANS

Our no interest payment plans help reduce up-front costs. Enrolling in a payment plan allows you to make monthly payments on your direct charges instead of paying your full balance before classes start.

Our Office of Financial Aid is available to guide you through the many options available to graduate students at Carson-Newman.

COURSES

If you are seeking administrative licensure, the Administrator’s Licensure Specialization, which results in the ILL-B license, can be added to the Ed.S. Upon passing the Praxis Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) you may be recommended for the Beginning Administrative License (ILL-B) in Tennessee. Requirements to become a candidate for administrative licensure include, but are not limited to, two completed years of successful teaching, practicum hours completed in a Tennessee public school under supervision of an approved mentor, and a recommendation from your current school system.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis
  • Emergent Educational Leadership Trends and Topics
  • Management of the School
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Organizational Leadership Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change
  • Financial Planning and Responsibilities
  • Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles
  • Mentored Residency Internship and Professional Portfolio
  • Additional coursework in a Cognate Area
  • Educational Leadership Evidence Portfolio
  • Educational Leadership Practicum Project
  • Administrative Leadership Licensure Assessment

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction Strategies
  • Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis
  • The Teacher as Leader
  • Evaluation for Continuous Improvement
  • Diversity and Exceptionality Practice and Theory
  • Organizational Leadership Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change
  • Topics in the Content Field
  • Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles
  • Mentored Residency Internship and Professional Portfolio
  • Additional coursework in a Cognate Area

ED.S. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the Carson-Newman educational specialist program, please follow these steps:


When you have reserved your seat in the program, complete these steps: 


Submit GRE scores. The GRE must have been taken within the past ten years using the most recent scoring guide. A total score of 290 (Verbal + Quantitative), including a minimum writing score of 4.0, is expected. http://www.ets.org/gre


Submit a sample of scholarly writing you have completed in the past. APA-formatted master’s research or thesis is preferred. 

https://www.appforms.net/form/CNUWritingSample/index.html


If you have a valid Professional Educators License, please submit a copy of your certificate to the Graduate Information Office by fax (800-504-7618) or by email to slonergan@graduateprogram.org.


Upcoming Information Meetings

To discover more about the EdS program, join us for an information meeting in your local area or online. We’ll discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans and any specific questions you may have. In-person meetings run approximately 30 minutes, and online meetings run approximately 20 minutes. We’re also available for one-on-one virtual meetings at your convenience. 

RSVP for one of our scheduled meetings, or contact the Graduate Information Office to schedule an individual meeting. 

Due to the growing concern of COVID-19, face-to-face meetings may be moved to an online format. You will be notified if this measure is taken, and given instructions to log in for an online meeting.

You may register for local area, or online meetings by clicking “RSVP” next to your desired time.

Face-to-face meetings run approximately 30 minutes. Online meetings run approximately 20 minutes. During these meetings, we will discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans, and any specific questions that you may have.

You can also email Chris Smith to have a Student Information Packet emailed to you, and have any questions answered by our admission counselors. 

For questions please contact the Graduate Information Office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Upcoming Information Meetings

To discover more about the Ed. program, join us for an information meeting in your local area or online. We’ll discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans and any specific questions you may have. In-person meetings run approximately 30 minutes, and online meetings run approximately 20 minutes. We’re also available for one-on-one virtual meetings at your convenience.

RSVP for one of our scheduled meetings, or contact the Graduate Information Office to schedule an individual meeting. 

MAKING YOUR DEGREE AFFORDABLE

THERE ARE FLEXIBLE OPTIONS FOR FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE.

2022-2023 EDUCATION SPECIALIST
TUITION AND FEES:
$570 per credit hour + $50 per credit hour technology fee

Graduate students at C-N may also be eligible for federal and state financial aid. Student loan payments may be deferred until program completion. Additionally, the Teacher Loan Forgiveness program is available for up to $5,000 for graduates who teach for five years in low-income schools and meet other

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