Curriculum and Instruction

Ed.S. in Education-Elementary Education Track

Degree Requirements (65 cr.)

Major Requirements (24 cr.)

The credits in the major are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and program advisory committee.

Inquiry Requirements (6 cr.)

These hours will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and program advisory committee. They will be selected from the approved list of current Inquiry Core courses: A list of approved inquiry courses may be found at

Cognate Requirements (9 cr.)
The cognate must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The cognate field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program. Cognates are normally formulated within a single program area. Major area courses may not be used in the cognate.

Elective Requirements (26 cr.)
Elective courses must be approved by the advisory committee. They must be relevant to the program. The electives category may be used to add to the major, research/Inquiry, or cognate components.

Capstone Project or Comprehensive Examination
A substantial project or a comprehensive examination constitutes the culmination of the Ed.S. program. A project normally requires a written manuscript describing the project. Projects vary from program to program.
Practical Experience
Ed.S. students must have demonstrated successful practical experience in order to be eligible for graduation. This experience may be in the form of work experience prior to or during the program of studies, or it may be accomplished through practicum and internship courses taken during the program.
Final Meeting
A final meeting of the advisory committee is required, at which the student’s entire program, including the project manuscript or comprehensive examination results, are reviewed. If the committee is satisfied that all program requirements have been successfully completed, the student is recommended for graduation.

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