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Program Directors: Prema Gaikwad and Arceli Rosario

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 emphases in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration. Cognates for the EdS degree are available in a variety of areas, including Business Management, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Fundamentals of Education, Public Health, Instructional Technology, Library Administration, Religious Education, Research and Statistics, and TESOL.

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 is the ladderized program that may lead to the PhD to be used as a terminal degree itself. For this reason, credit transfer from an AIIAS EdS to an AIIAS PhD is automatic, regardless of whether the EdS was completed or abandoned.

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. A minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate education courses (minimum grade of B, counted as part of the MA credits), to include the following courses, regardless of the area of emphasis:
    • Foundations of Christian Education
    • Faith and Learning in Christian Education
    • Research Methods
    • Statistics

Those who hold an MA degree in an area outside of education may select the Fundamentals of Education cognate and apply the credits earned toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

  • Additional graduate courses required for the emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction:
    • Advanced Instructional Strategies
    • Foundations of Curriculum or Process of Curriculum
  • Additional graduate courses required for the emphasis in Educational Administration:
    • Administrative Finance
    • School Organization and Law

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

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

  • Adventist Beliefs
  • Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
  • Biblical Studies

The following courses are offered as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:

  • CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2)
  • NTST 502 Life and Teachings of Jesus (2)
  • THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2)

Other Seminary courses may also apply (ask your program director)

Requirements

To be awarded the EdS degree, a student must satisfactorily complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 27 semester hours of coursework (600-level and above) with a minimum GPA of 3.20.
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of 3 semester hours of fieldwork.
  3. Successfully complete 6 semester hours of EdS Project.

Maximum Load

EdS students are generally limited to 12 credits per semester. An EdS student may be granted an overload of 15 hours (9 hours during the Intersemester) only once during their degree program, provided that at least two of the courses involved are master’s level subjects.

Curriculum

A total of 36-38 semester hours is required for the EdS degree, distributed in the following manner:

Education Specialist Curriculum
Philosophy 6 units
EDUC 702 Contemporary Issues in Education (3 units)
EDUC 740 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective (3 units)
Major Field of Concentration   15 units
The EdS student selects one of the following areas of emphasis:
Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction 
EDCI 792  Advanced Fieldwork in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
One of the following:
EDCI 771 Curriculum Development–Elementary Education (3 units)
EDCI 772 Curriculum Development–Secondary Education (3 units)
EDCI 773 Curriculum Development–Tertiary Education (3 units)
Two of the following: 
EDCI 730 Advanced Curriculum Theory (3 units)
EDCI 750 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 770 Program Evaluation (3 units)
EDCI 785 E-Learning (3 units)
One of the following courses not included in the MA degree credits:
EDAD 674 School Organization and Law (3 units)
EDCI 601 Supervision of Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 610 Classroom Management (3 units)
EDCI 622 Teaching, Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 units)
EDCI 625  Instructional Media (3 units)
EDUC 620  Developmental Psychology (3 units)
Emphasis in Educational Administration
EDAD 650  Human Resource Management (3 units)
EDAD 792  Advanced Fieldwork in Educational Administration (3 units)
Three of the following:
EDAD 601  Supervision of Instruction (3 units)
EDAD 610  Organizational Behavior (3 units)
EDAD 720  History of Management Thought (3 units)
EDAD 730  Financial Management for Educational Institutions (3 units)
EDAD 745  Master Planning of Educational Facilities (3 units)
EDAD 750  Seminar in Administration and Institutional Development (3 units)
EDAD 870  Independent Project in Educational Administration (3 units)
EDCI 610  Classroom Management (3 units)
EDCI 625  Instructional Media (3 units)
EDCI 770  Program Evaluation (3 units)
Cognate   6 units
The EdS student selects at least one of the following cognate areas, distinct from the area of emphasis:
Cognate in Business Management
One of the following courses:
MGMT 624   Entrepreneurship (3 units)
EDAD 610  Organizational Behavior (3 units)
EDAD 650  Human Resource Management (3 units)
MGMT 602  Managerial Communication (3 units)
One of the following courses:
ACCT 657 Fund Accounting (3 units)
BUAD 635  Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making (3 units)
BUIT 662 Information Technology Management (3 units)
BUIT 674  Database Applications (3 units)
EDAD 730  Financial Management for Educational Institutions (3 units)
EDIT 660  Educational Information Systems (3 units)
FNCE 640  Financial Management (3 units)
FNCE 654  Financial Analysis and Reporting (3 units)
MGMT 676  Project Management (3 units)
Cognate in Curriculum and Instruction
One of the following courses:
EDCI 620 Foundations of Curriculum (3 units)
EDCI 622 Teaching, Reading, and Writing in the Content Areas (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (3 units)
EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 730 Advanced Curriculum Theory (3 units)
EDCI 750 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 770 Program Evaluation (3 units)
EDCI 785 E-Learning (3 units)
One of the following courses:
EDCI 771 Curriculum Development–Elementary Education (3 units)
EDCI 772  Curriculum Development–Secondary Education (3 units)
EDCI 773  Curriculum Development–Tertiary Education (3 units)
Cognate in Educational Administration
Two of the following courses:
EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction (3 units)
EDAD 610  Organizational Behavior (3 units)
EDAD 640  Administrative Finance (3 units)
EDAD 650  Human Resource Management (3 units)
EDAD 651  Principalship and School Improvement (3 units)
EDAD 674  School Organization and Law (3 units)
EDAD 730  Financial Management for Educational Institutions (3 units)
EDAD 745  Master Planning of Educational Facilities (3 units)
EDAD 750 Seminar in Administration and Institutional Development (3 units)
Cognate in Fundamentals of Education 
Two of the following courses:
EDCI 615 Advanced Instructional Strategies (3 units) 
EDCI 620 Foundations of Curriculum (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (3 units)
EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 645 Instructional Evaluation (3 units)
EDUC 605 Christian Leadership and Ethics (3 units)
EDUC 624 Faith and Learning in Christian Education (3 units)
EDUC 635  Educational Psychology: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units)
Cognate in Instructional Technology 
Two of the following courses:
BUIT 662 Information Technology Management (3 units)
BUIT 674 Database Applications (3 units)
BUIT 684 Telecommunications, Networking and Security (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (Required if not taken previously) (3 units)
EDCI 785 E-Learning (3 units)
EDIT 660 Educational Information System (3 units)
EDIT 681 Digital Media for Education (3 units)
EDIT 682  Web Tools for Education (3 units)
Cognate in Library Administration 
Two of the following courses:
EDLA 550  Foundations of School Librarianship (3 units)
EDLA 610  Collection Development and Management (3 units)
EDLA 620  Cataloging and Classification of Library Materials (3 units)
EDLA 630 Reference Services (3)
EDLA 640  Library Management (3)
Cognate in Public Health 
Two of the following courses: 
PHEL 678 Topics in Family Health (3 units)
PHFN 600 Health Promotion Theory and Practice (3 units)
PHFN 605 Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (3 units)
PHFN 610 Principles of Environmental Health (3 units)
PHHP 645 School and Adolescent Health (3 units)
PHHP 655 Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction Programs (3 units)
PHHP 660 Current Global Health Issues (3 units)
Cognate in Religious Education 
Two of the following courses: 
CHMN 606 Theology and Practice of Ministry (3 units)
CHMN 649 Religious Education in the Local Church (3 units)
EDRE 612 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 units)
EDRE 635 Youth Ministry (3 units)
EDRE 679 Ministry and the Spiritual Life (3 units)
EDRE 710 Seminar in Family Life Issues (3 units)
MSSN 607 Field Contextualization Seminar (3 units)
MSSN 677 Growing Disciples and Mission (3 units)
MSSN 685 Biblical Foundations of Ministry and Mission (3 units)
Cognate in Research and Statistics 
Two of the following not used for the Research and Statistics requirements:
RESM 720 Nonparametric Statistics (3 units)
RESM 725 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 units)
RESM 740 Qualitative Research (3 units)
RESM 745 Construction of Scales and Survey Instruments (3 units)
_____ 695 Directed Individual Research in___________ (3 units)
Cognate in TESOL 
Two of the following courses:
EDTE 528  TESOL Methods in Speaking and Listening (3 units)
EDTE 580 Advanced Grammar for English Language Teaching (3 units)
EDTE 620 Second Language Acquisition (3 units)
EDTE 622 Teaching, Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3 units)
EDTE 630 Pragmatics (3 units)
Note: If you have a particular area of interest, you may design a cognate in consultation with the Education Department which may include courses from other departments at AIIAS, transfer credits, online courses, or independent research.
Research, Writing and Statistics 9-11 units
RESM 520 Academic Writing (0-2 units)
(Waived if successfully completed at AIIAS as part of a prior degree)
One of the following courses:
BURM 632 Advanced Statistics (3 units)
RESM 630 Documentary Research (3 units)
RESM 720 Nonparametric Statistics (3 units)
RESM 740 Qualitative Research (3 units)
RESM 745  Construction of Scales and Survey Instruments (3 units)
EDAD/EDCI 796 EdS Project (6)
Total semester hours 

36-38

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