Special Education - Ed.S.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2294
www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes


Description

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) prepares administrative leaders in Special Education. The Ed.S. degree is a post-master's program in which candidates are expected to attain a broad and systematic understanding of professional education, a definitive knowledge of a particular field of specialization and an ability to integrate and apply theoretical concepts of education in an actual educational context. This program is designed for the accomplished, experienced practitioner with specific professional aspirations. It is not designed for those who wish to pursue a research emphasis as a prelude to doctoral study.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

The Council of Education of the Deaf

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Recommended 3.250 graduate GPA
  • Score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a recommended score of 50th percentile
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal goal statement

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the graduate admission website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Attain the background knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to advance their ability to identify and plan evidence-based educational practices for exceptional learners. 
  2. Increase their proficiency with the pedagogical and decision-making skills necessary to implement evidence-based educational practices for exceptional learners. 
  3. Attain an appropriate level of expertise in methods of assessment relevant to providing special education to exceptional learners in schools. 
  4. Articulate professional positions on critical legal, policy, and practice issues in special education that are grounded in logical analysis, empirical research, and the ethical foundations of the field.
 
 
 
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[EH-EDS-SPED]

Major Requirements
Major Area of Study Electives, choose from the following:12
PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
CURRICULUM AND INTERVENTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES
FOUNDATIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES
ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
CURRICULUM METHODS FOR TRANSITION PLANNING AND COLLABORATION
ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
any additional Special Education (SPED) coursework, as approved by the EdS committee
Minor Area of Study Electives, choose from the following:12
FOUNDATIONS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING
COUNSELING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES
CAREER COUNSELING
SCHOOL LAW FOR TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS
PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF SUPERVISION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
ADULT DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING THEORIES
PROGRAM EVALUATION
PRACTITIONER INQUIRY
any additional coursework, as approved by the EdS committee
Research Tools, choose from the following:3
STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN
RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
any additional coursework, as approved by the EdS committee
Electives, as approved by the EdS committee3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:30

Graduation Requirements

  • Upon admission to the Ed.S. degree program, students will be assigned an advisor.
  • Six semester hours of coursework in statistics and research design are required.