Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction


Program Overview 

The Curriculum & Instruction Educational Specialist (CIES) is a fully online program designed for candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve as curriculum specialists at the classroom, department, building, or system level, among other roles. Graduates of the program are suited for positions supporting teachers as they improve their curricula and instructional strategies, lead assessment efforts at the district or state levels, or guide efforts to integrate new curricula and pedagogical approaches in classrooms.

Curriculum & Instruction Specialists:

  • assist with new approaches to teaching
  • model instructional strategies
  • support differentiation and lesson planning
  • oversee analysis of student data, and much more.

Candidates complete 15 credit hours of advanced curriculum-focused coursework and six credit hours focused on deepening pedagogical knowledge in their content area of certification and broadening their P-12 expertise. Furthermore, they develop research skills to conduct field research in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and instructional program evaluation. 

Degree Highlights

The Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction program coursework is fully online, preparing professional teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators to enhance their expertise in curriculum and instruction in order to improve student learning.

  • Program designed for elementary, middle, or secondary level educators
  • Completed in four semesters; 33 credit hours
  • 100% ONLINE
  • Degree approved for certificate upgrade by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • Focus on learner-centered curriculum and instruction
  • Small class sizes and individualized learning

Program of Study

The program includes 33 total hours, including 15 hours of curriculum and instruction core courses, 6 hours of P-12 expertise courses, 9 hours of research and assessment core courses, and a 3 credit hour capstone and applied research course. Read more about the program of study here.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • GRE Score Report - Scores must be within the last 5 years. Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary. 
    Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com.
  • Personal Reflections Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interest, educational beliefs, professional goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree at KSU.
  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document your education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service activities in which you have participated, and any leadership involvement. Resume MUST reflect at least THREE years of professional teaching or administrative experience prior to admission consideration.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Please do NOT use the online recommendation system. Your letters should be on letterhead and from sources that can address your success in teaching, ability for success in graduate study, and commitment to learners.
  • Interview - An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview. 

Application Process

The Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction is a highly competitive program, and there is a limited number of applicants that that the program can accept each admission semester. Once capacity is met, you may be asked to update your application for admission to a future semester at no charge.

  1. Complete the Online Graduate Application.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college or university 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).
  3. Obtain and submit a copy of Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  4. Complete and submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, three years of teaching experience.
  5. Complete and submit the Professional Reflection Statement.
  6. Obtain and submit two references using the Evaluation Form.
  7. Obtain and submit the Mentor Commitment Form.
  8. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form, if applicable.
  9. International Applicants Only: Please contact the International Student Admissions Office at 470.578.4377 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status or visit the Graduate International Admissions website.

Please note that an interview may be required for admission. If an interview is required for your application, you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator to set up the interview.


July 1 for admissions for fall semester - ALL documents must be submitted by deadline date.

Contact Us

For more information about this degree program, please call 470.578.6314 or email ciedssmge@kennesaw.edu. For more information on graduate admissions, please call 470.578.6043 or email graded@kennesaw.edu.