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.
- 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.
- Demonstrated English proficiency.
- 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
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)
To be awarded the EdS degree, a student must satisfactorily complete the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 27 semester hours of coursework (600-level and above) with a minimum GPA of 3.20.
- Successfully complete a minimum of 3 semester hours of fieldwork.
- Successfully complete 6 semester hours of EdS Project.
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.
A total of 36-38 semester hours is required for the EdS degree, distributed in the following manner: