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 can obtain P-12 Instructional Technology certification at the Ed.S. level if they already have P-12 certification in a field. Candidates cannot earn certification in school library media at the Ed.S. level.
The Ed.S. curricula are based on an inquiry approach that emphasizes problem-solving and research skills applicable to a multitude of education topics and issues. The Ed.S. programs require a planned course of study that includes a research sequence. The sequence culminates in a field-based research project. The candidate works with a 3-member committee which guides the development and implementation of the field study and reviews the candidate’s project. The value of the field-based project is seen in the ability of candidates to become more active participants and critical consumers of educational research. 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.
The Instructional Technology Ed.S. program functions as a single cohort. Candidates are admitted once yearly for the Fall semester. Each cohort of candidates progresses through their Ed.S. coursework as a group. This provides a support system and a method for candidates to interact with each other throughout their program of study. Members of the cohort can choose one of the course sequences here.
The intended audience for this program is school library media specialists, teachers, technology specialists, and others who work in educational settings who would like to assume a leadership role in instructional technology. Applicants must possess a Master’s degree in instructional/educational technology or other closely related fields.
Instructional Technology Certification Concentration
This program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a program leading to certification in Instructional Technology. Completing the program will prepare candidates for certification, but candidates should consult with program faculty, the College of Education Graduate Academic Services Center, or the Georgia Professional Standards Commission regarding current certification rules upon entering the program.
Online T&L Endorsement
The Online Teaching and Learning Endorsement program is designed to prepare K-12 teachers to teach in a virtual school environment. The program is offered by the Instructional Technology Program in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development and is approved as an endorsement program by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Candidates admitted to the program must have completed a minimum of 12 graduate semester credit hours of instructional technology coursework from a regionally accredited institution and hold a clear renewable teaching certificate, including the Technical Specialist (TS) certificate (level 4 or higher) or Permit (level 4 or higher).
Candidates in the program acquire the pedagogical skills and understandings needed for teaching in a virtual school thereby providing opportunities for K-12 students across the state equal access to a broad range of curriculum. A supporting an essential framework of instructional technology is the ability to design instruction and select strategies and media to meet the needs of all learners.
Candidates in this endorsement program will not only be immersed in the learning process as an online student but will also be involved in the instructional process as an online teacher. They will examine the application of learning theories in the design of instruction and examine best and/or promising practices and theories of online teaching and learning to practice within their K-12 virtual school.
Candidates will continually be exposed to new and exciting technologies to enhance any learning environment they encounter now and in the future.
Program of Study
Complete 9 semester hours of prescribed coursework:
- ITEC 8134 – Theories and Models of Instructional Design
- ITEC 8135 – Pedagogy of Distance Learning
- ITEC 8136 – Field Experience in Online Teaching and Learning
EdS Student Learning Objectives
SLO #1 Candidates in the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Program will demonstrate relevant and current professional knowledge and skills at advanced levels. By the completion of the program, candidates will
- Demonstrate advanced use of research-based best practices in instructional design when designing and developing technology-enhanced learning experiences.
- Design and develop an action-research project that demonstrates the ability to collect and analyze appropriate data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice.
- Demonstrate advanced skills in the design and development of online and blended learning environments.
- Evaluate, synthesize, and apply current literature in the field to a specific educational problem.
SLO #2 Candidates in the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Program will demonstrate an advanced ability to impact student learning. By the completion of the program, candidates will
- Demonstrate advanced skills in technology-based student learning that promotes best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.
- Demonstrate advanced skills in the effective use of digital tools and resources to support and enhance student learning.
SLO #3 Candidates in the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Program will demonstrate the professional dispositions that are expected of instructional technology and school library media specialists. By the completion of the program, candidates will
- Model and facilitate the use of research-based, learner-centered strategies addressing the diversity of all students.
- Engage in and reflect on continuous learning, and demonstrate advanced levels of appropriate practice in educational settings.
- Demonstrate continual growth in knowledge and skills in the literature of the field and apply that knowledge to professional practice.
SLO #4 Candidates in the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Program will demonstrate advanced skills and strategies that create educational environments that support student learning. By the completion of the program, candidates will
- Research, recommend and implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and for managing the change process in the educational environment.
- Support and manage effective digital learning environments.
- Investigate major research findings and trends relative to the use of technology in education to support integration throughout the educational environment.
SLO #5 Candidates in the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Program will demonstrate appropriate standards of ethical professional behavior and develop strategies to develop digital citizenship skills in the educational environment. By the completion of the program, candidates will
- Develop and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources.
- Model and develop strategies for the safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
- Model and facilitate the use of digital tools and resources to support diverse student needs, enhance cultural understanding, and increase global awareness.
Last updated: 5/24/2018