Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction


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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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

Huntington Campus
Education Building Room 220
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-3131

South Charleston Campus
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: 304-746-1992