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

Program Coordinator: Dr. Sara Young
Phone: 508-929-8246

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for people interested in curriculum leadership who already have a Master’s degree in Education, a cognate area, or a field related to their teaching license. An Ed.S. degree is the equivalent degree to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.). Graduate students use the program for professional development, to further their career advancement, and as a possible pathway to professional educator licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction is appropriate for all levels of Education from Early Childhood through Higher Education, as well as non-formal Education and Administration.


Candidates for the Ed.S. program in Curriculum and Instruction will be required to meet the competencies established by the graduate program for all candidates seeking an Education Specialist certificate through Worcester State University. In addition, students will be required to demonstrate evidence of an earned Master of Education or Master’s degree in a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Program of Study

This program consists of a minimum of ten (10) 3 credit courses plus a 2-credit Research Forum for Comprehensive Exam, for a total of thirty-two (32) graduate credits, which are selected with the approval of the program coordinator.

12 Credits in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Courses selected from courses including, but not limited to:12
Mathematics Assessment and Instruction For Diverse Learners
Assessing English Language Learners
Middle School Curriculum and Instruction : Strategies and Modification
Assessment, Differentiation and Data Analysis in Middle School
The Understanding and Teaching of Culture
Principles of Curriculum Development
Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum Development and Innovations (Secondary School)
Assessment, Differentiation and Data Analysis in Secondary Schools
Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Bilingual and English Language Learners
Technology and Literacy in the Classroom
Brain Based Learning
Young Children and Integrated Early Childhood Education Practices
Teaching Adult Esl and Sife

12 Credits in Content Electives selected from areas such as:                                     12

Language, Literacy, and Culture

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

English Language Learners

Moderate Disabilities

Reading and Writing

Leadership and Administration

Health Education






6 Credits in Advanced Research Methods and Research Project such as:6
Action Research Project I
Action Research Project II
2 Credits in Seminar/Comprehensive Exam:2
Educational Lead Research Forum