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Special Note

The Education Specialist degree program at SVSU has been suspended indefinitely.

Please note that the Directorship of Special Education and the Supervisor of Special Education administrator approval programs are not suspended. Applications for admission continue to be accepted and courses will continue to be offered for these approval programs on the main campus and at the Regional Education Center-Macomb.

Education Specialist

Mastering the challenge of education to change and improve lives

The Education Specialist (EdS) degree provides post-master’s study and is a leadership program preparing individuals to assume a professional role in education administration and supervision. It is designed to enhance the academic skill and knowledge base of educational leaders, preparing them to meet the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century. Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of educational settings, including schools, community colleges, and universities.

Individuals in the Education Specialist program will complete 21 credit hours of core course work common to all areas and 9 credit hours in one of the specialty areas listed below.


  • Central Office Personnel
  • Principalship
  • Special Education Directorship

The Principalship and Central Office specialties meet the State of Michigan requirements for Administrator Certification. The Directorship of Special Education leads to State approval as Director of Special Education. Please contact a faculty advisor for questions pertaining to these options.


The College of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Saginaw Valley State University is approved as a teacher preparation institution by action of the Michigan State Board of Education. The Principalship specialty is aligned with the Professional Standards for the Preparation of School Principals (PSPSP). Central Office is aligned with the Professional Standards for the Preparation of Central Office Administrators (PSPCOA). The Directorship and Supervisor of Special Education programs are aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (C.E.C.) Special Education Standards.