Ed.S. in Teaching & Learning – Program Mission & Outcomes

The Teaching and Learning Education Specialist online degree programs in the teaching fields of Elementary Education & Special Education are designed to provide a high level of professional proficiency skills as well as action research skills which are emphasized throughout each program’s course work. The role of the classroom teacher is expanded to that of teacher-leader/researcher which allows the Education Specialist candidate to become a critical consumer of educational research, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice in their own professional practice. Ed.S. candidates are expected to be active participants in the evaluation, analysis, and sharing of action research results in order to improve student learning outcomes within the classroom and school environment. The online program of study curriculum for each Teaching and Learning Ed.S. program is based on an inquiry approach that emphasizes reflective, problem-solving skills applicable to a multitude of education problems, pedagogy, and issues. The online design and delivery of the Teaching and Learning Ed.S. programs is consistent with Georgia Southern University’s  commitment to promoting graduate students’ growth as successful leaders in their educational context through research and active engagement in the process of instruction-learning interactions. All Ed.S. candidates in the Teaching and Learning Department are expected to consistently demonstrate the professional dispositions which are considered core values with the Georgia Southern University’s Mission statement.


1.By the end of their final semester in the Program, Ed.S. in Teaching and Learning graduate candidates will:

1.a evaluate, assimilate, and apply current trends, issues and research found within professional literature from their specific teaching field content area; (Content Knowledge)

1.b reflect on their educational practice & curriculum, make decisions regarding effective teaching & instructional practices resulting in improved academic achievement of all students, including students with diverse learning characteristics; (Professional & Pedagogical Knowledge, Skills & Dispositions; Professional Dispositions)

1.c evaluate educational curriculums, utilize data information to create strategies for enhancing the integrity of classroom curricula and increase academic success for all students; (Effects on Student Learning)

1.d identify, plan & evaluate instructional strategies, resources, curricula & programs that emphasize the use of a variety of technologies to support student learning; (Effects on Student Learning)

1.e express the belief that all students can learn by identifying, implementing and evaluating strategies to enhance learning for classroom students with diverse learning characteristics and needs, and; (Professional Dispositions)
1.f design, implement, analyze & interpret an action research project investigating a significant issue in her/his educational practice leading to improved classroom instruction and educational practices. (Content Knowledge; Effects on Student Learning )

2.By the end of their Teaching and Learning Ed.S. program of study, graduate candidates will:

2.a examine their own leadership potential in the context of the traits, tasks, & functions of leadership, the school culture, and interpersonal and technical skills, and; (Professional & Pedagogical Knowledge, Skills & Dispositions)

2.b design, implement, & evaluate a leadership model ensuring continual improvement of teaching and teacher-leadership within their teacher certification area. (Content Knowledge)


Last updated: 5/25/2018

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