Educational Specialist Degree

The Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership (EDFL) is launching a new degree program, the Specialist in Education (EdS) degree. This program will create opportunities for educators to enroll in a comprehensive program of post-masters professional development courses consisting of a 14-hour core curriculum and an added 18-hour specialty strand for the purpose of earning Oregon licensure or endorsements, while qualifying for financial aid.

The program is designed to meet the needs of current teachers and administrators who are interested in continuing professional development resulting in a practitioner’s degree program, midway between the masters and an EdD program. The program should be attractive to MAT-prepared in-service educators, who now make up about 80 percent of the pre-service teachers leaving Oregon teacher educator programs and entering the PK-12 educational work force.

While the EdS degree program is widely accepted and offered by universities in a number of other states, it is virtually unknown in Oregon. In fact, the only two EdS programs in Oregon are in school psychology at George Fox University and at Lewis and Clark College.

For further information about the EdS program, contact Scot Headley, the EDFL department chair, at 503-554-2836 or at

The department plans to admit students for the program beginning in the summer semester of 2011.