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Education Specialist

The Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree is a research-based program emphasizing problem-solving and research skills. The Ed.S. degree offers two main concentrations: Instructional Technology and School Library Media. The Ed.S. does not provide initial certification in these fields. Candidates who currently hold a P-12 certification can earn P-12 instructional technology certification at the Ed.S. level.

Program Structure

The Ed.S. program requires a planned course of study that includes a research sequence culminating in a field-based research project. The candidate works with a three-member committee which guides the development and implementation of the field study and reviews the candidate’s project. As candidates conduct action research projects, they are better equipped to inform their own practice as educators. The project also serves to develop important inquiry skills that are needed by education professionals who are responsible for the achievement of students and the improvement of schools.

Cohort Model

The Ed.S. Instructional Technology program admits candidates once yearly in the fall semester creating a single cohort model. As each cohort of candidates progress through their coursework together, they provide a support system and a method for candidates to interact with each other throughout their program of study. Providing an advanced, research approach to instructional technology the Ed.S. Instructional Technology degree was created for school library media specialists, teachers, technology specialists, and others who work in educational settings and would like to assume a leadership role in instructional technology. Applicants must hold a master’s degree in instructional/educational technology or other closely related field.


Admission Information

Georgia Southern University’s Office of Graduate Admission oversees the application process for graduate students. Please review the links below for admission requirements and deadlines.


Courses and Curriculum


Ed.S. Forms and Student Resources


Student Spotlight

Disie Shoemaker

“This degree did two things for me,” she said. “It solidified my knowledge about how to teach both teachers and students to be 21st century learners. It also prepared me to easily transition my school over to distance learning and provide a marriage, so to speak, of technology and education.”

Dixie Shoemaker, ’20
Ed.S. Instructional Technology

Georgia Southern recent graduate named regional award winner for school library media. Read the full spotlight story for the Ed.S. Instructional Technology Program.


Professional Certification Disclosure

The College of Education anticipates that graduates of the Ed.S. Instructional Technology program will seek state licenses or certifications.

The program listed above leads to a Georgia Certificate Upgrade. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more information. The College of Education has not determined where its programs will qualify a graduate to take the required exams in other states or territories. Check the requirements of your state or territory using the link provided.

For all Online Programs:

Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.

For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Last updated: 10/25/2021