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Educational Specialist (EdS)

The Educational Specialist (EdS) Program enhances the knowledge and competencies of the master’s degree. Focusing on evaluation of current research and experience, the EdS program improves upon the student’s problem-solving techniques, critical-thinking skills, and knowledge of prevalent topics in the world of education today.

Lindenwood offers three different EdS degrees:

For more information, please contact:

K-12 Literacy Education
Dr. Rebecca Panagos Professor
(636) 949-4959

K-12 Math
Dr. Sherrie Wisdom
Supervisor of Graduate Research  
(636) 949-4478

Educational Administration / School Administration
Dr. Graham Weir
EdS Department Chair
Associate Professor
(636) 949-4315

Educational PK-12
Dr. Lynda Leavitt
Associate Professor
(636) 949-4756

Behavioral Analysis
Dr. Janis Freeman
Associate Professor
(636) 949-4649

EdS Application

The EdS program consists of a minimum of 28-30 credit hours beyond the requirements for the Master of Arts in School Administration or Master of Arts in Education.

In this program the student will be prepared to establish progressive solutions to difficult problems by collaborating with a wide range of education professionals. The student will also analyze current practices in education and investigate strategies to increase learning in the classroom. Also, the student will explore 21st century skills and the challenges teachers face in order to prepare their students for this evolving, new world.

Upon completion of the EdS in Educational Administration (Advanced Certification), up to 24 hours may be transferred to the EdD Program. Upon completion of the EdS in Instructional Leadership, up to 24 hours may be transferred to the EdD Program. Upon completion of the EdS School Administration, up to six hours (EDA 53000, EDA 535000) may be transferred into the EdD program.

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