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Behind every classroom is an artist—a sculptor who shapes and molds the foundation of education. At the school or district level, they work to evolve curricula so that students and teachers reach their highest potential.

Find your fast track to changing lives at Nova Southeastern University. In just one year, this accelerated Educational Specialist program boosts your expertise in program and instructional design and evaluation, effective teaching, student assessment, and teacher development.

Graduates of NSU's Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, Management, and Administration have advanced their careers, becoming K-12 instructional coordinators, curriculum specialists, curriculum directors, and education professors. Without the added costs, stress and demands of doing research and writing a dissertation, you can earn your Ed.S. degree and obtain a higher-level educator role that makes an impression.

Quick Facts


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NSU’s Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, Management and Administration is 30 total credits to complete.

Delivery Options

Coursework for the Educational Specialist in Curriculum, Instruction, Management and Administration is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing curriculum developers, instructional leaders, administrators, and teachers who wish to obtain a specialized graduate degree and increase their expertise in their current field.
  • Master’s degree graduates who seek greater expertise in curriculum, instruction, management, and administration.

Earning Potential

Postsecondary Teachers

$80,560 Median Salary Per Year

Curriculum Development Specialist*

$53,535 Average Salary Per Year

Instructional Coordinators

$66,970 Median Salary Per Year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020; Salary.com, 2021*

Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, Management, and Administration Curriculum

Program Requirements (30 credits)
CIMA 700
Educational Inquiry and Electronic Research Technologies (CIMA 700 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 702
Curriculum and Instruction: Trends and Issues (CIMA 702 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 705
Today’s Educational Leader (CIMA 705 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 706
Managing Change in the Educational Environment (CIMA 706 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 715
Educational Diversity and Community (CIMA 715 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 712
Management for Curriculum and Instruction (CIMA 712 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 717
Curricular Product Evaluation (CIMA 717 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 707
Focus on the Future: Reconceptualizing Curriculum (CIMA 707 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 720
Seminar in Program Synthesis (CIMA 720 / Credits: 3 )
CIMA 708
Distance Education Curriculum and Management (CIMA 708 / Credits: 3 )

Admission Requirements

Have the following items ready to submit with your online application:

  • $50 application fee
  • Transcripts from all schools attended

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