2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Education EdS

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: EdS
Department: School of Teacher Education
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Specialist in Education program is designed with two tracks for students: the Master’s + 30 Track and the School Counseling Track. The Master’s + 30 Track is an advanced graduate program for post master’s students. It is designed for professionals who wish to increase their knowledge to prepare for doctoral work, to add expertise in their current field of teaching, or to add an additional field of expertise. The EdS in Education School Counseling Track prepares students to work as professional school counselors in Pre-K through postsecondary school settings.

The Specialist in Education program is designed for practicing educators who wish to gain expertise in a subfield within education and offers two tracks: School Counseling Track and the Master’s + 30 Track. The program builds that expertise from a core of courses curriculum, instruction, learning theory, and research, and then allow students to work with an adviser to develop a program of study to gain expertise. The program is intended for educators who are interested in teaching in a college, university, or community college, or leading curriculum and instructional improvement in a school or school district, higher education, or military or business settings.

The specialist program provides a foundation of advanced graduate course work but is not a “terminal” academic degree. The Education EdS is an advanced graduate program providing opportunities for master’s graduates to enhance their professional preparation and/or preparation for the doctorate (either the EdD or the PhD) by completing additional graduate coursework that results in an earned degree.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants must choose a track (i.e., Masters + 30 or School Counseling) in this program. Tracks may have different requirements.

Admission to an education specialist program is separate from admission to the doctoral program. Upon completion of the EdS degree, the student may apply for admission to a doctoral program.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Mike Hynes PhD
Telephone: 407-823-2005
ED 209D

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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