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 Master’s in 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.


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) courses for a minimum of thirty (30) graduate credits, which are selected with the approval of the program coordinator. 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