Specialist in Education (EdS)


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EKU Online > Online Education Degrees & Certificates > Specialist in Education (EdS)

Take on Administrative Roles and Provide District-Wide Leadership

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.

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

NOTE: 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. 

*This rate applies to active Kentucky teachers and students admitted prior to Spring 2022 only. Receipt of the required employment verification is outlined in the enrollment section tabs below.

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Benefits of EKU Online

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
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members and their spouses
  • 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
Advancing in Rank

Teachers in Kentucky are held to a three-tiered rank system. By completing additional education programs, teachers are able to advance their rank, leading to increased salary and promotion potential.

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for conferring rank and rank changes. EKU prepares educators with the required coursework and experience but does not award initial rank or changes to rank.

Learn More About Advancing in Rank

EKU’s graduate education programs are divided into three disciplines:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Special Education
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Career Opportunities

Overall employment of preschool and childcare center directors is projected to grow 1 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Growth will remain steady due to the fact that early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development. Overall employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Growth in the state of Kentucky is expected to be faster due to a high number of teacher retirements.

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John Hepner, Enrollment Advisor

John Hepner

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor John Hepner for information about the EKU Online Graduate Education programs.

Contact Info:

Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Spring A December 1 January
Fall A August 1 August

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Employment Verification for Kentucky Tuition Rate

Applicants must complete and submit an employment verification module with a letter from their school principal. Students that do not complete the employment verification module will not qualify and will not receive the discounted tuition.

NOTE: If the applicant lives out of state, but is teaching in Kentucky and taking classes in one of the INCLUDED programs below, the discounted rate will apply

Student Success

With EKU Online, there is no requirement to log on at a certain time, which leaves me able to schedule my week on my terms. I can complete my coursework when needed and still be involved in all the things my family enjoys doing.

Samantha O'LearyEKU Online Education Graduate

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

Heath Bergmann
  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
  • “I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.” – EKU Online Psychology student Jason Tate
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