George Fox adds new degree program: Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist degree is tailored for teachers and administrators seeking to extend their teacher-leader roles.Oregon educators seeking to extend themselves into teacher-leader roles in their school districts are encouraged to apply for a new education degree program, the Educational Specialist degree, now offered through George Fox University’s School of Education.

The degree is terminal beyond a master’s degree but is distinct from a doctorate in that it is more of a practitioner’s degree, emphasizing the application of research and the improvement of educational practices and outcomes. It is ideal for those master’s degree-educated teachers and school administrators who want to be successful servant leaders who create collaborative learning organizations.

Beginning in 2012, those seeking national board teacher certification who want to specialize in online teaching will have an opportunity to do so through the EdS.

The 32-credit-hour program includes a 14-hour core curriculum and an 18-hour specialty strand for the purpose of earning Oregon licensure or endorsements, while qualifying for financial aid. The program is designed to be completed in two to three years.

“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,” said Scot Headley, chair of George Fox’s Educational Foundations and Leadership department through which the degree is offered.

The department plans to begin the program this fall and has opened the application process. To apply or learn more, contact admissions counselor Kristie DeHaven at 503-554-2266, or visit the School of Education’s website at

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

Specifics on the degree are available on the Educational Specialist page.