Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Secondary Education

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

The Ed.S. program in Secondary Education is designed for Middle and High School teachers and curriculum leaders who already have a Master’s degree in Education, a cognate area, or a field related to their teaching license. This program provides students with the opportunity to focus on advanced graduate study in secondary education with a disciplinary focus. Students may use the program 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. Degree (Education Specialist) is the equivalent to a C.A.G.S (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study).


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 degree through Worcester State University. In addition, students will be required to demonstrate evidence of an earned Master of Education or Master’s in a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Items Needed to Apply:

  • Online application found at
  • Essay explaining reason for pursuing this degree program
  • Application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended, demonstrating evidence of an earned Master of Education or Master’s degree in a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcript evaluation for any transcript from outside the United States
  • An English language proficiency test if the student’s academic background is not in English

Program of Study

This program consists of a minimum of ten (10) courses for a minimum of thirty (30) graduate credits, which are selected with the approval of the program coordinator, plus a two credit Research Forum. There is one course in the philosophical, sociological, or cultural foundations of education; two or three courses in secondary education areas such as curriculum, assessment, leadership and/or instruction; four or five courses in a disciplinary focus such as Math, History, Biology, English, Spanish, Reading, or Language and Culture; one course in research methods; and a three to six credit research project. At the conclusion of the program, students will enroll in a 2 Credit Research Forum for their Comprehensive Exam.

Requirements of the Program

Minimum of 30 credits plus 2 credit Research Forum including:

Education Foundations3
Secondary Education6-9
Disciplinary Focus12-15
Research Design and Methodology3
Research Project3-6
Comprehensive Exam in Secondary Education/Research Forum2
3 Credits in Education Foundations selected from courses such as:3
Advanced Foundations of Education
Social, Political, and Cultural Issues In Education
Advanced Philosophical Foundations of Education
Foundations in International and Comparative Education
6-9 Credits in Secondary Education selected from courses such as:6-9
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
The Art of Teaching Adolescents
Secondary School Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice
Approaches to Teaching in the Secondary Schools: Theory and Practice

12 Credits in a Disciplinary Focus such as:                                                   12-15






 English Language Learners

Reading and Writing

3 Credits in Research Design:3
Action Research Project I
3-6 Credits in Research Project:3-6
Action Research Project II
2 Credits in Comprehensive Exam/Research Forum:2
Educational Lead Research Forum
  • Design and conduct an action research study related to secondary education.
  • Use educational research strategically to respond to problems in secondary education.
  • Advance their content area expertise within their field in secondary education.
  • Actively engage with professional organizations and journals within their field of education.