Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S. Overview
The University of West Florida offers an Ed.S. degree in curriculum and instruction online. We designed this program to increase your expertise in curriculum-related content and give you the ability to make evidence-based decisions.
The program will teach you how to properly use research to design curriculum development, assessment and evaluation so you can better solve the challenges you face at your institution. You’ll learn how to best find and evaluate research necessary to support your positions regarding curriculum, testing and more, and implement action accordingly.
Choose From 3 Area of Focus
The online Ed.S. degree at UWF offers three area of focus so you can make the biggest impact in your leadership role. Choose the area of focus that will best help you solve the challenges you face.
Administration and Leadership Studies Area of Focus
Excel with advanced management and supervisory skills as well as ethics, budgeting and communication strategies in complex, dynamic educational environments.
Curriculum and Assessment Area of Focus
Evaluate, measure and assess effective instructional practices and curriculum development strategies so you know how to best drive change in any educational environment.
Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups Area of Focus
(not offered at this time) Advocate for and work with vulnerable and marginalized groups at regional, state, national and international levels or think-tank organizations for social and educational equity issues. Create curricula to empower administrators and leaders as well as curriculum and instruction developers.
Candidates for This Program Include:
- Professionals with an M.Ed. who currently hold a leadership position
- Those with an M.Ed. who have a career history in education, training, social sciences or the military
- Teachers and administrators with an M.Ed. who want the flexibility of learning online without sacrificing a quality education
You Will Be Able To:
- Apply advanced knowledge and research to decision-making and problem-solving processes
- Solve institutional challenges using advanced management skills as well as ethics, budgeting and communication strategies in complex educational environments
- Drive change in education when you evaluate, measure and assess effective instructional practices and curriculum development strategies
- Advocate for and work with vulnerable and marginalized groups at all levels or think-tank organizations for social and educational equity issues
- Create curricula to empower administrators and leaders as well as curriculum and instruction developers
Courses and Requirements
The online Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit-hour program that includes your choice of an applied research capstone project or a competency-based portfolio. It offers three area of focus that provide richly focused content so you can excel in the area that impacts you and your students the most.
- EDF 7404 - Quantitative Methods and Educational Statistics I
3.0 Credit Hours
Quantitative Methods and Educational Statistics I
Designed as an entry-level course in statistics and covers both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to solve applied research problems. Emphasis is also placed on using statistical software packages and will cover the most widely used statistical procedures in education. This course presumes an understanding of basic statistics. Thus, students should complete the online statistics tutorial before enrolling. Prerequisite: EDF 7938
- EDF 7475 - Qualitative Research I - Methods
3.0 Credit Hours
Qualitative Research I - Methods
This course is to prepare doctoral students for the process of designing scholarly research in general and their dissertation in particular. This course will guide students in constructing a qualitative design methodology section and developing the necessary skills required for critical evaluation of published research in their area of expertise. In addition, this course will provide insight to conducting ethical research and will guide students in identifying and designing a study using qualitative methods approach. The course focuses on the design and implementation of research that utilizes qualitative data collection and analysis.
- EDF 6481 - Educational Research
3.0 Credit Hours
Develops skills for evaluating and for conducting applied research studies in an appropriate area of emphasis. Includes strategies of research appropriate for particular area of emphasis and methods appropriate for those strategies. Students are required to select a problem, perform a review of the research literature, plan a research study, and write a research proposal.
- EDF 7790 - Foundations of Doctoral Research and Writing
3.0 Credit Hours
Foundations of Doctoral Research and Writing
The central purpose of this course is to provide students with the information and orientation needed to successfully navigate the doctoral program. In addition to reviewing the policies and procedures of doctoral study (choosing an advisor, engaging in coursework, forming a committee, taking preliminary/comprehensive exams, designing a research study, conducting research, and defending a prospectus and dissertation), students will also study the behaviors and dispositions needed to be an educational researcher and scholar, including what it means to read, think, and write critically. Students will explore how to develop a sense of themselves as a scholar and to take ownership over their own education, including setting goals, identifying opportunities, and developing a research agenda. In addition, the course will include an introduction to research designs.
- EDF 7912 - Educational Specialist Degree Capstone Course
3 Credit Hours
Educational Specialist Degree Capstone Course
The capstone course is to be taken as the last course in the Educational Specialist Degree Program in Curriculum and Instruction during the 33-36 credit hours. The capstone project provides the opportunity for the student to explore and investigate a topic of interest emerging from the cumulative knowledge of the coursework pursued. The selected topics for the capstone project should address an existing concern, problem or issue in an organization or institution of interest to the student. Through an analysis of theoretical, empirical, and conceptual literature the student will conduct research and complete a capstone project under the guidance of a faculty member within an 8-week period. The capstone project serves as a gauge of students' learning indicative of their post-graduation success as well as a dossier for employment.
* Complete an applied research experience or a competency portfolio.
- EDF 7404 - Quantitative Methods and Educational Statistics I
Select five courses from one of the following focus areas. Your advisor will need to approve the course selections.
- Administration and Leadership Studies
- Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups
- Curriculum and Assessment
Admission to the Ed.S. program is a selective process. Therefore, meeting the minimum eligibility criteria stated below does not guarantee admission into the program. Preference for admission will be given to those students whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success in their chosen course of study. Admission is made at the department level; thus, there are university and departmental requirements for admission to this program.
How to Apply
The Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S. program admits students once per year for a Fall semester start. The application deadline is May 1.
To apply to the online Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction at UWF, you first need to submit an application for graduate admission (plus a $30 application fee) and be accepted for admission into the University of West Florida. In addition, you must submit:
- Submit official transcripts confirming a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accrediting agency is included on the list of UWF approved accrediting agencies
- GRE, GMAT or MAT scores (will be waived for applicants with a master’s degree with a GPA of 3.75 or higher)
- A letter of intent responding to the prompts below. Note: Your responses to the questions should not be less than six double-spaced pages in size 12 Times New Roman font. Be careful to articulate how your skills and experiences align with the goals of the area of focus and show how these will impact your career trajectory.
- What personal and professional goals do you hope to meet through earning an education specialist degree and why do you think the UWF program in curriculum and instruction is a good fit for your goals?
- What specialized knowledge, skills and experiences would you bring to the chosen area of focus and how are these aligned with the mission of the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction as a whole? If you have had experiences that may have affected your academic performance, please provide explanatory context.
- Your résumé
If you have questions about this program or the admissions process, contact our graduate admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costs & Financial Aid
|In-State Tuition||$384.60 per credit hour||$11,538.00|
|In-State Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 6)||$384.60 per credit hour||$9,230.40|
|Full Out-of-State Tuition||$1,044.24 per credit hour||$31,327.20|
|90% Out-of-State Tuition Waiver||$478.83 per credit hour||$14,364.90|
Tuition waivers cover up to 90 percent of the non-resident portion of your tuition. They are available to non-Florida residents (including international students) admitted to online programs and registered for online courses in active pursuit of that degree or certificate. You must pay all other assessed tuition and fees.
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes up to 24 months to complete, depending on course availability.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Alabama Differential Out-of-State Tuition
Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. For more information and to verify residency status for tuition purposes, new undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and new graduate students should contact the Graduate School. Students who are currently enrolled should contact the Office of the Registrar.
Active Duty Military
All active-duty members of the U.S. military who are residing or are stationed outside the state of Florida shall have all (100%) out-of-state fees waived by the university. Contact the Military & Veterans Resource Center to apply for the Active Duty Military Out-of-State Waiver.
UWF Short-Term Financial Assistance
The University of West Florida provides eligible students with an alternative to paying the full amount of tuition at the beginning of each term in the form of an installment payment plan or a short-term loan.
UWF is a Military FriendlyⓇ School proudly serving active-duty U.S. military members and veterans. As UWF has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2011, you could be eligible to receive free tuition with your military benefits.See How We Can Serve You
Funding your college education should not empty your wallet. We offer various financial aid options for our online students, including loans, scholarships and grants for degree-seeking students.Learn More About Financial Aid
Earning your Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction allows you to change and advance your career, providing you with an evidence-based approach to curriculum development, assessment and evaluation.
* Salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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