At a Glance:

Educational Specialist

Semester hours 32
Average Completion Time 2 to 3 years
Cost per credit $591* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Location Newberg, Ore. and online (other locations TBA)
Application Deadlines July 1 (fall EDFL); Nov. 1 (spring EDFL); April 1 (summer EDFL)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited

Educational Specialist

Educational Specialist program at George Fox University

The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree equips administrators who want to be successful servant-leaders who create collaborative learning organizations and teachers who wish to extend themselves in teacher-leader roles, both formal and informal.

The program provides a range of endorsement and certification options and guides individuals as they apply their knowledge and skills to best serve the common good in their school or district.

The EdS supports the development of educational leaders who can:

  • Critically evaluate and apply current research
  • Analyze educational trends
  • Gather and use evidence appropriately
  • Promote and guide best practices in student and adult learning

The EdS is a terminal degree beyond the masters, but it is distinct from a doctorate. It is a practitioner’s degree emphasizing the application of research and the improvement of educational practices and outcomes.

These strands are 32 credits, and as a degree program qualify students for federal financial assistance.

Who is this for?

  • Instructional coaches and mentors in formal and informal leadership roles and those who aspire to these positions
  • Committed classroom teachers who want to be leaders among their peers
  • Teachers with a master’s degree who want to add an endorsement in a degree program
  • Educators with an earned master’s degree who seek administrative preparation in a degree program but don’t feel the Doctor of Education is the right path for them
  • Educators who want a program that will link their academic program with their day-to-day work
  • Servant leaders who recognize that successful leadership demands more than a license

What makes this distinctive?

Servant Leadership
The EdS at George Fox is grounded in an ethos of servant leadership and structured to foster the development of effective, collegial learning communities and collaborative, distributed leadership for the common good. In order for schools to serve all students well, collaborative leadership is essential. Because of that emphasis, the program engages all program participants, regardless of the specialty, to learn and grow together, experiencing the kind of collaboration and learning community K-12 schools desire.

In education, change is a constant. A continuous stream of trends, initiatives and reforms is part of that professional world. Leaders who are grounded in the core elements of leadership will have the skills to effectively lead change, but also maintain coherence in the organization. Such leaders will not shrink from difficulties and conflict, but understand the positive, healthy role challenges and conflict can play in schools, and how to guide others wisely and well.

EdS Faculty: The Best of Both Worlds
Guiding students through the EdS are a combination of school of education faculty and exemplary practicing professionals. Their academic credentials, decades of collective teaching and administrative experience, and commitment to students have earned George Fox a national reputation for teaching excellence.


Gary Sehorn, Assistant Professor of Education, George Fox School of EducationGary Sehorn
Assistant Professor of Education

Telephone: 503-554-2841
E-mail: gsehorn@georgefox.edu

Link to Faculty Page

Admission Information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027
E-mail: kwilfong@georgefox.edu

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