Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction

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Required if GPA 3.5 or Less


Credit hours beyond masters


Credit hours beyond baccalaureate


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Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

  Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • Fall: August 1


Tuition / credit hour $437.54
Fee / credit hour  
Library $3.41
Network & Data Systems $11.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2021 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Advance Your Career by Advancing Your Education

Distinguish yourself academically and professionally by earning this post-master’s degree. This practitioner-focused program allows you to tailor coursework to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become an instructional leader in variety of educational settings. It is designed for full-time working educators in Arkansas.

Coursework blocks – which are sets of courses – in this specialist program can be used to earn graduate certificates in Arkansas Curriculum/Program Administrator and in K-12 Online Teaching, which align with Arkansas teacher licensing. Students must apply for both the specialist degree and the graduate certificate at the same time if they seek both credentials.

Unlike graduate certificate programs alone, this specialist program meets financial aid guidelines, allowing students to seek assistance in funding their studies. Consult an academic advisor prior to enrollment in classes to assure requirements are met for both the specialist and graduate certificate programs.


What is Your Career Goal?

Choose one of the three coursework-block combinations below that aligns with your career goal:

  • Curriculum/Program Administrator
    CIED (Curriculum and Instruction) and EDLE (Educational Leadership)

  • Special Education Program Administrator
    SPED (Special Education) and EDLE

  • K-12 Online Teaching Graduate Certificate
    CIED and ETEC (Educational Technology)

Each student is also required to complete 3 semester hours: CIED 680V Ed.S. Project, which is an investigation or inquiry that demonstrates the capacity to design, implement and evaluate an intervention independently. A grade-point average of 3.25 is required on all graduate hours completed.


Zachary Palombo

Any administrator will tell you that they really don't have time to go back to school and take on-campus classes. I have three kids at home, too. The online Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction program lets me pursue my career goals without putting a hindrance on my family."

Zachary's Story

Zachary Palombo
Cape May County, NJ

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the student’s profile, educational background and career objectives. You must:

  • Have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.
  • Provide transcripts.
  • Demonstrate evidence of two years of successful, full-time professional experience or the equivalent in an area related to your academic goals.
  • Must apply for both the Ed.S. in CIED and the graduate certificate you seek.
  • Meet Graduate School requirements.


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