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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. The degree plan requires the completion of 30 semester credits beyond a master’s degree from an accredited graduate institution.

Specialty Areas

The Ed.S. degree serves the following three specialty areas:

  1. Central Office Administrative Endorsement (24 cr)
  2. Director of Special Education Approval Program (30 cr)
  3. Director of Special Education Approval with Central Office Administrative Endorsement (36 cr)

See Admissions Requirements for the requirements for admission. See Program Requirements for the courses required for each.

Special Education Administration Approvals

The Educational Leadership and Services department offers course work leading to State approval as a Director of Special Education (30 credits) or as a Supervisor of Special Education (12 credits).

Approval Program - Director of Special Education
Approval Program - Supervisor of Special Education

Accreditation

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.