Education Specialist

Program Description

The EdS is a graduate degree designed especially for directors of education, education superintendents, school principals, curriculum specialists, and other practitioners. An EdS degree is recognized as an intermediate professional degree, between a master’s and a doctoral degree. The focus of the EdS program is on preparing Christian educators who can provide effective leadership, promoting and improving Christian education in their areas of responsibility.

The EdS program is offered with specialization in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration. The available cognates for the EdS degree are Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, and TESOL. A customized cognate is also available for those who have another particular area of interest. See more about a customized cognate in the EdS curriculum section.

Time to Complete

The estimated time for completing the EdS program is approximately 18 months (approximately 12 months for coursework beyond the MA in Education and approximately 6 months for the EdS Project).

Prerequisites may increase this estimate. The EdS degree may lead to the PhD or may be used as a terminal degree itself. For this reason, credit transfer from an AIIAS EdS to an AIIAS PhD do not have the normal limitations, regardless of whether the EdS was completed or abandoned.

When to Begin

August or January

Admission Requirements

  1. An MA degree or its equivalent (a minimum of 36 semester hours required), with a minimum GPA of 3.20 (on a four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted on scholastic probation and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.20 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency.

Prerequisites

1. Graduate education courses (minimum grade of B), to include the following courses, regardless of the area of emphasis:

  • Research Methods,
  • Statistics,
  • Academic Writing, and
  • Faith and Learning in Christian Education
Curriculum and Instruction:
  • Instructional Models
  • Process of Curriculum
Educational Administration:
  • Institutional Finance
  • School Organization and Law
  • Principalship and School Improvement

2. Teaching experience, normally a minimum of 2 years. A letter of verification is required.

Religion Course 

At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of Cfrom each of the following areas:

  • Adventist Beliefs
  • Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
  • Biblical Studies
English Proficiency for TESOL Cognate

For those taking a cognate in TESOL. A pass in one of the standard English proficiency tests prescribed by AIIAS. The required passing score for the test is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Curriculum

Program Structure

Credits

Philosophy

4

Specialization

15

Cognate

6

Research

6

Project

6

TOTAL

37

Philosophy

4

Complete the following two courses:


CHPH 872 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective

3

GSEM 731 Seminar in Worldview and Worldview Change

1

Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction

15

Complete the following five courses:


EDCI 720 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

3

EDCI 730 Advanced Curriculum Theory and Practice

3

EDCI 750 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

3

EDCI 785 E-Learning

3

EDCI 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction

3

Specialization in Educational Administration

15

Complete the following five courses:


EDAD 730 Financial Management for Educational Institutions

3

EDAD 750 Seminary in Administration and Institutional Development

3

EDAD 786 Administration in Higher Education

3

EDCI 792 Advanced Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction

3

MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management

3

Cognate in Curriculum and Instruction

6

Complete the following two courses:


EDCI 615 Instructional Models

3

EDCI 640 Process of Curriculum

3

Cognate in Educational Administration

6

Complete the following two courses:


EDAD 640 Administrative Finance

3

EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement

3

Cognate in TESOL

6

Complete the following course:


EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition

3

Complete one of the following courses:


EDTE 622 TESOL Methods for Content-Area Reading and Writing

3

EDTE 628 TESOL Methods in Speaking and Listening

3

Customized Cognate

6

Students who have a particular area of interest, may design a cognate in consultation with their academic advisor and upon approval of the Education Department. This cognate may include courses from other departments at AIIAS, transfer credits, online courses, or independent research. To fulfill the customized cognate requirement students must take two courses in the chosen cognate area.


Research

6

Complete the following two courses:


RESM 715 Advanced Statistics

3

RESM 740 Qualitative Research

3

Culminating Project

6

Complete the following:


EDAD/EDCI 796 EdS Project

6

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Financial Information for EdS

$7,130

Tuition, required fees, books. Not including prerequisites.

Family $ 8,770

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit. For a couple with 2 children in a 2-bedroom unit.

Individual $ 3,500

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit.