Curriculum and Instruction Ed.S. - Rank I

The specialist in education program offers students who have demonstrated superior scholastic ability and special interest and aptitude in certain areas the opportunity to gain a high level of competency in a chosen specialized field for service as instructors, supervisors, or administrators. This education specialist program will qualify school personnel for Kentucky's highest rank and salary for teachers. This program replaces the Rank I program for students in the elementary education (K-4, P-5 or 5-8, 5-9) program who have completed the Master of Arts in Education degree. Students with a Master of Arts in Education who do not wish to pursue the Ed.S. may enter the Rank I program.

Admission Requirements

  1. A master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Must hold a valid teaching certificate.
  3. Must have a graduate GPA of 3.5.
  4. Minimum composite GRE score of 283 on the verbal and quantitative sections.
  5. One year of successful work experience.
  6. Interview with the applicant conducted by the Admissions Committee. In the case of MSU graduates where the members of the committee feel that they have sufficient acquaintance with the applicant, the interview may be waived.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Completion of the program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  2. Comprehensive written or oral examinations.
  3. Must be unconditionally admitted.

Program Requirements

Professional Education

EDF 681Advanced Seminar in Contemporary Educational Thought


EDEL 682Advanced Curriculum Development


EDEL 685Collaboration for Teachers


EDUC 677Applied Research for Classroom Teachers I


EDUC 678Applied Research for Classroom Teachers II


EDEL 686Seminar for Experienced Teachers in Grades P-9


Total Credit Hours:18

(Must have completed 24 hours prior to enrollment in EDEL 686 including all of the professional education courses; may be concurrently enrolled in one of these courses.)

General Electives

(to be chosen from courses listed on the program evaluation in consultation with the assigned advisor)

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30