The Education Specialist, also referred to as Educational Specialist or Specialist in Education (Ed.S. or S.Ed.), is a terminal professional degree in the U.S. that is designed to provide knowledge and theory beyond the master's degree level, but is not as demanding or prestigious as a doctorate. Generally 60 hours of graduate study are required and no dissertation is required; specializations are available in topics like educational leadership, school psychology, special education, curriculum and Instruction, and adult education.
These are highly specialized degrees meant for professionals who require advanced proficiency in a field such as adult education, instructional technology, curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, educational leadership or special education, but who do not have the time or desire to complete a dissertation.
Some individuals who are granted the Ed.S. degree were originally seeking an Ed.D. and stopped short for some reason. Others seek the Ed.S. degree as a way to advance careers in education without having to write a dissertation
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