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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences:
Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

The Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program is designed for classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, department chairs, directors of instruction, administrators, and any educator who seeks to influence positive educational change and improved student achievement through effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Through this program, educators are provided opportunities to develop best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design and strategies, effective teaching, program evaluation, student assessment, and teacher professional development. Scenarios drawn from real life require learners to think critically about ways to drive innovation and change at the systemic level—including local school districts as well as regional, state, and federal education agencies—and apply strategies that can effect measurable improvement in P–12 schools. The critical-thinking skills needed to shape schools and school systems in order to meet the diverse needs of all students are emphasized in course projects and activities.

Note on Educator Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Learning Outcomes

All EdS graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Apply discipline-specific knowledge to address issues in educational settings.
  2. Apply evidence-based practices to address a problem within the academic and/or work environment and propose a solution.
  3. Communicate information to a variety of stakeholders using oral and written formats.
  4. Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
  5. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
  6. Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.

In addition to the shared EdS outcomes above, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Support learning for a diverse student population through the use of technology in effectively designed curriculum.
  2. Increase skills surrounding program design and evaluation through the use of professional development.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of educational trends/ issues in education to promote social change and make a positive impact in school and community environments.
  4. Utilize data-driven learner-centered assessment to promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
  5. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school, and community members in order to advocate for student needs.
  6. Practice ethically in the profession.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of community service and citizenship through the integration of content curriculum and instruction with real-world projects outside of the classroom.
  8. Design a scholarly response to address a curriculum, instruction, and assessment problem and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 credits)
  • Research course (5 credits)
  • Specialization courses (30 credits)
  • EdS Capstone Project (5 credits)
  • ePortfolio


Foundation Course (5 credits)


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

(6-week option)

Research Course (5 credits)

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Capstone Course (5 credits)

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credit
Quarter 1

EDSD 7002 - Leading the Future of Education


EDSD 7006 - Leading the Future of Education (6-week option)

5 credits
Quarter 2

EDSD 7050 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective

5 credits
Quarter 3

EDSD 7101 - Learner-Centered Curriculum

5 credits
Quarter 4

RSCH 7110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods

5 credits
Quarter 5

EDSD 7102 - Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners

5 credits
Quarter 6

EDSD 7051 - Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment

5 credits
Quarter 7

EDSD 7052 - Curriculum Design to Promote Social Change

5 credits
Quarter 8

EDSD 7106 - Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement

5 credits
Quarter 9

EDSD 7900 - EdS Capstone Project: Creating and Supporting Effective Educational Practices

5 credits