Ed.S. Curriculum & Instruction

Program Description - COURSES ARE 100% ONLINE 

The online Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with a major in Curriculum & Instruction program is offered by the Bagwell College of Education and the Professional Teacher Education Unit. If Georgia's thrust is to improve schools and student learning at the P-12 level, there will need to be collaboration among curriculum leaders and teacher leaders in classrooms and schools as well as with executive leaders in administration. The program's courses, experiences, and assessments are tightly aligned with the Professional Standards Commissions (PSC) Standards for Curriculum & Instruction as outlined in PSC Rule 505-3-.55.

Completion of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with a major in Curriculum & Instruction program and subsequent passage of the GACE exam in Curriculum & Instruction results in a new Service (S) certificate being added to the candidate's existing teaching or leadership certificate. Online delivery of the Ed.S. will meet the needs and increase completion rates of a wide range of students. Candidates admitted to this degree possess a clear renewable T-5 certificate (or equivalent) and hold a master's degree in an education -related field, Through this program candidates develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to serve as curriculum specialists at the classroom, department, building or system level. They do so by completing 12 hours of advanced pedagogical coursework applied to content in their area of certification and by completing coursework that broadens their expertise to a P - 12 focus. Furthermore, they develop their research skills to conduct field research in the areas of curriculum, instruction and instructional program evaluation.

Program of Study

Curriculum and Instruction Core (15 Credit Hours)

EDCI 7510 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation
EDCI 7520 - Cognition, Development, and Instruction
EDCI 7530 - Instructional Decision Making
INED 7800 - Curriculum Theory, Development, and Practice for Diverse Learners
ITEC 7400  - 21st Century Teaching and Learning   

P-12 Experience (To broaden expertise for P-12 service)(6 Credit Hours)

Six hours of coursework focused at a different level than that of one’s initial teaching level of certification. For P-12 certified teachers, completion of one course at the P-5 and 6-12 level.

Research and Assessment Core (9 Credit Hours)

EDRS 8100 - Qualitative Research I
EDRS 8200 -Quantitative Research I
EDUC 7705 -Assessment and Evaluation in the Content Area

Capstone & Applied Research in C&I

EDCI 7590 - Curriculum and Instruction Capstone Seminar

Total: 33 hours

How do I Apply

Please gather your teaching certificate, evaluation forms, mentor form, professional statement and resume before applying so you can upload these documents before submitting your application.

  1. Complete the Online Graduate Application
    Please note that GRE is NOT an admission requirement for this program. The application above is general to all graduate programs, some of which do require GRE. This program is not one of them.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master's degree with at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
    Official transcripts can be e-mailed directly from the institution to KSU at ksugrad@kennesaw.edu or mailed directly from the institution to KSU at the address below:

    Kennesaw State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3391 Town Point Drive
    Mailbox #9109
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

  3. Obtain and submit a copy of your Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com. The Department of Curriculum & Instruction recognizes and appreciates that many independent schools and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification.  In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator's qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
  4. Obtain and submit a Professional Reflection Statement 1-2 pages documenting your professional training and interest, educational beliefs, professional goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree at KSU.
  5. Obtain and submit a Professional Resume documenting statement of purpose for wanting the degree, education, teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of any leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, three years of professional teaching and/or administrative experience prior to admission.
  6. Obtain and submit TWO Evaluations
    Please have your recommenders use this form.  Your recommenders should be from sources that can address your success in teaching, ability for success in graduate study, and commitment to learners. 
  7. Obtain and submit ONE MENTOR FORM
    This program provides degree candidates with authentic, field-based learning experiences.  Completion of these experiences often requires the facilitation of an educator (usually a current administrator or Lead Teacher) who agrees to serve as the candidate’s mentor during his or her degree program.  The mentor contact operates as part of a learning team with the candidate and university faculty, ensuring the candidate has an opportunity to complete his or her field experiences and/or working with university faculty and candidates to identify appropriate alternative experiences. 
  8. Interview: An interview may be required.  If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview.
  9. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form if applicable.
  10. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770-499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to Graduate International Admissions:  http://graduate.kennesaw.edu/admissions/apply/international-students.php

If you do not upload your teaching certificate, evaluation forms, mentor form, professional statement and/or resume before submitting your application, please e-mail them to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu or mail them to the address below:

Kennesaw State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
3391 Town Point Drive
Mailbox #9109
Kennesaw, GA 30144


Fall, June 1

Contact Us

For more information please email the Graduate Programs in Education Office at showrey@kennesaw.edu.  

*The Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction is a highly competitive program. There are a limited number of applicants that we can accept per semester.  Once we meet our capacity for the enrolling semester, you may be asked to update your application to a future semester at no charge.