College of Education and Professional Development

Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction

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The Ed.S. is a degree program for experienced, post-masters candidates seeking to enhance and advance their professional knowledge and applications in the area of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). In some cases, the degree may qualify candidates for horizontal and vertical movement in an existing professional career, for advanced salary classifications within the K-12 education sector, for acquiring new positions within a given specialist discipline or to be concurrently enrolled in the MU Doctoral Program in C&I (Ed.D.). Others may simply pursue the program for personal and professional accomplishment as life-long learners notwithstanding any specific career objectives.


Plan of Study

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction



The Education Specialist degree is available to applicants who:

  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a field related to Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 and a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • Meet the admission requirements of the College of Education and Professional Development of Marshall University.
  • For complete admission information and application visit:


Application for Admission and Information

For complete admission information and an application visit:


For More Information please contact:

Dr. Sam Securro, Professor and Ed.S. Program Coordinator
Marshall University, College of Education and Professional Development
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV  25303-1600
(304) 746-8948 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 68948

Mrs. Carolyn Schwarz (Program Secretary)
Phone: (304) 746-1996 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 61996


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program right for me?

The program is designed for those who have completed master’s degrees, but desire to enhance their education and become specialized in the curriculum field. It can also act as a “gateway” to the Marshall University doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction given that the requirements in these two programs overlap considerably. The majority of candidates include experienced classroom teachers, school, county and state level coordinators or administrators in a K-12 system. Others come from various occupational backgrounds, e.g., health and nursing/hospital personnel, community social and behavioral agencies, business, law and government, and community college and adult technical education settings.

Is this program offered online?

The Ed.S. program has two curriculum components: The Core component includes courses in basic research skills. Several of the courses are in a hybrid format. The Content component includes courses in curriculum and instruction, some of which are also available in a hybrid format.

What are the goals and objectives of the program?

  • Achieve personal and professional growth as a life-long learner.
  • Use current educational technologies to conduct action research.
  • Obtain current, in-depth knowledge base in Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Demonstrate ethical and moral standards in conducting educational research with human subjects.
  • Develop proficiency in technical/research writing for communicating in the specialist discipline.

Does this program lead to initial teacher licensure?

No. The Ed.S. does not lead to initial (or advanced) licensure in WV. Hours can be used in advanced salary classifications for currently certified teachers.

How were the program objectives determined?

Program objectives are aligned with the College’s mission of producing experienced professionals as specialists.



Sherri Stepp
Director of University College
Marshall University
Ed.S. Graduate, December 2014

“I have been a professional working in the field of higher education for more than 25 years. I have held positions in financial aid, student affairs, and now as Director of University College where I work with conditionally admitted students and undecided students, support a team of academic advisors, provide educational support services and programming, and provide support to the university in a variety of committee roles.  As a life-long learner, I wanted to take advantage of an educational credential that would provide the path to additional opportunities within higher education.  My Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction will allow me to pursue new teaching opportunities outside of my regular position responsibilities. The Ed.S. Program coincided nicely with my path to a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.  I am now in the early stages of working on my dissertation with a target completion date of May 2016.”


Bryan Pickens, ED.S. Candidate
Public School Classroom Teacher

“The Ed.S. Program at Marshall has allowed me to focus on academic goals above and beyond the Masters level, while also giving me strong foundations for doing doctoral research and writing.  As a teacher, it has allowed me to see the bigger picture in education and how it affects both educators and students in the classroom.”


Ingrida (Inga) Barker
Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education
McDowell County Schools, West Virginia

“Marshall University Ed.S. Program has allowed me to develop a more comprehensive understanding of curriculum and leadership theory in addition to becoming a more effective practitioner. Living in a remote WV county has allowed me to experience the same learning opportunities as my peers from more urban areas have through the combination of high quality online and hybrid courses. In my position as a public school and, later, central office administrator, I was able to hone my instructional leadership skills through the coursework offered at the university and ongoing interaction with my peers and professors. This thoughtfully crafted academic experience challenged me, made me reevaluate my understanding of curriculum, instruction, and leadership through the light of theory, advanced research, and practical methods study, and made me an overall more knowledgeable administrator, able to guide the learning and teaching in McDowell County.”