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 Master’s in 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 may 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 Pre-K through higher education, as well as those in non-formal Education and administration.


Candidates for the Ed.S. program in Secondary Education 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 in 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 such as:

ED-955  Assessing the English Language Learner     3 credits

ED-958 Middle School Curriculum & Instruction: Strategies & Modifications  3 credits

ED-959 Assessment in Middle School  3 credits

ED-965 Principles of Curriculum Development 3 credits

ED-968 Seminar: Curriculum/Instruction 3 credits

ED-974 Curriculum Developments & Innovations in Secondary Schools 3 credits

ED-975 Assessment in Secondary School  3 credits

ED 978 Contemporary Issues in Teaching Bilingual and ELLs  3 credits

ED 979 Technology and Literacy in the Classroom  3 credits

ED 988 Brain Based Learning   3 credits

ES 932 Teaching Adult ESL and SIFE 3 credits

12 Credits in Content Electives selected from areas such as:

  • Language, Literacy and Culture
  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • English Language Learners
  • Moderate Disabilities
  • Health Education
  • Math
  • English
  • Biology
  • History
  • Spanish

6 Credits in Advanced Research Methods and Research Project such as:

EA 939 Action Research I  3 credits

EA 940 Action Research II  3 credits

2 Credits in Seminar/Comprehensive Exam

EA 941 Educational Leadership Research Forum  2 credits