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Specialist in Education EdS

EKU’s online specialist in education degree is a post-master’s program that fulfills the requirements for Kentucky director of pupil personnel, supervisor of instruction and superintendent of schools. The program prepares highly qualified candidates for administrative roles and district-wide leadership. Program graduates are primed to become highly effective professional leaders who will develop productive environments for academic excellence and equity. 


Format: 100% online coursework
Credit Hours: 30 hours
Tuition: $510 per credit hour
                   $325 per credit hour for active duty military
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9 hours*
Career Options: Director of pupil personnel, supervisor of instruction, superintendent of schools, school administrator, rank 1 educator, teacher in elementary, middle and high schools

*With departmental approval

If you do not hold teacher certification in Kentucky, please consult with your state’s licensing agency to determine whether our program will meet your state’s licensure requirements.


Degree Options
Through EKU’s unique program, students can choose to earn level 1 supervisor of instruction and level 1 director of pupil personnel endorsements in addition to a superintendent of schools endorsement.

  • Supervisor of Instruction Endorsement
  • Director of Pupil Personnel Endorsement
  • Superintendent of schools Endorsement

What sets our program apart?
EKU is dedicated to preparing the highest quality educators and related professionals for Kentucky and beyond. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as content, effective pedagogical skills, and dispositions that foster life-long growth and learning.

  • EPSB approved
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Earn three degrees in one in addition to eligibility for rank advancement
  • No campus visits required
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members
  • Assignments and action research that build critical thinking skills
  • Quality courses from respected faculty who teach the same classes online and on-campus
  • Core curriculum focused on training teachers as leaders while gaining expertise in a selected area  
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Free online career services assistance
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment
  • Study any time, from anywhere
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.