Take Your Career and Your School to the Next Level

An Educational Specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University gives you everything you need to enhance your career and your school as a leader in your area of interest. Continue your education, further your career, and improve your school with a specialized degree path and an optional dissertation. 

Whether you want to increase your knowledge as an educator, get recertification, or add a new certification, the educational specialist program will hone your leadership skills for this rapidly changing educational landscape.

Complete your degree around your busy schedule with flexible coursework that can be taken online and/or in person with evening and weekend classes at several NSU campuses.

Why Earn Your Ed.S. at NSU?

Employer Tuition Assistance

NSU partners with several employers who offer their employees discounted tuition.

No GRE Requirement

GRE scores are not required for admission; other qualifications are acceptable per program.

No Dissertation

Earn the higher-level educator role with an Ed.S., without the need to complete a dissertation.

What Can You Do with an Educational Specialist Degree?

Enjoy a rewarding career as a(n):

  • Curriculum Specialist/Director
  • K-12 Teacher
  • K-12 Department Head
  • Education Professor
  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Counselor
  • Educational Consultant
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Specialize Your Studies

Tailor your degree to your career needs with one of the concentrations below. Whichever career path you choose, you’ll excel as an educational leader in your field.

Curriculum, Instruction, Management and Administration

Curriculum, Instruction, Management and Administration

Develop, evaluate, and implement curricular programs designed to help your school district and its students succeed.

Courses are offered online.

Learn About Curriculum, Instruction, Management and Administration

Educational Leadership

Use planning and research to improve K-12 schools, districts, and other learning environments.

Courses are offered online.

Learn About Educational Leadership

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Mathematics Education

Become an integral part of educator training, program administration, and curriculum development for K-12, middle school, and secondary school mathematics.

Courses are offered online.

Learn About Mathematics Education

What's the Difference between an Ed.S. and an Ed.D.?

Unlike a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree, an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree does not require students to complete a dissertation. Both Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees are typically acquired after students receive their master’s degrees.

An Ed.S. is designed for educators who want to gain additional specialization in an area of interest in order to become a better teacher or transition into a leadership role. An Ed.D. is usually for those who want to specifically move to a leadership role.

Explore All Ed.D. Options

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Related Degrees

Interested in being a leader in the classroom or boardroom? These degrees will give you the knowledge and skill set to better your organization and community.

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Get the NSU Edge

As a student at NSU, you’ll have a competitive advantage among your peers with a flexible, individualized learning experience, funding for your tuition, community connections to career opportunities, and access to a globally established alumni network. Graduate with the edge you need to make an impact on the lives of children.

Learn More About the NSU Edge