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Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 24 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $15,300

Develop and lead a culture of learning

Enhance your value as an educator and qualify for leadership roles by adding to your knowledge, credibility and credentials. UWF's Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction online degree program is designed to increase your expertise in curriculum-related content and equip you with the skills needed to apply research in the decision-making and problem-solving scenarios facing educators today.

Five core courses are transferable and can be applied toward the UWF Ed.D. program if you decide to change from the specialist to the doctorate program.


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Earn your Ed.S. in C&I in one of our three high-demand areas of focus:

  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an area of focus in Instructional Design and Technology: prepares education, health care and military professionals to create, deliver and analyze instruction and performance using innovative and emerging technologies.
  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an area of focus in Administration and Leadership Studies: emphasizes management and supervisory skills, as well as ethics, budgeting and communication strategies in complex, dynamic educational environments.
  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an area of focus in Curriculum and Assessment: evaluate, measure and assess effective instructional practices and curriculum development strategies to drive change in a variety of education environments.

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A special Academic Partnerships discount price is available for students employed by partner organizations and partner school districts. A discount price is also available to active duty military, veterans, spouses and dependents of military. Please call our enrollment specialists at 877-588-2502 for more information.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program with Partner/Military Discount
Ed.S. – Curriculum & Instruction $425 $1,275 $14,220

*Per course amount based on three-credit course.


A $30 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again. Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

Refund Policy

Students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office regarding the effect on financial aid eligibility prior to dropping or withdrawing. To understand the refund/repayment policy, you must understand the difference between a drop and a withdrawal.

  • Dropped courses are courses removed from your schedule before the fee payment deadline
  • Withdrawals occur after the fee payment deadline

Refunds are calculated by determining the point in the semester that the student either drops or withdraws. The calculation is also based on whether the student drops or withdraws from all courses or individual courses.

Refunds During the Drop/Add Period

100% of tuition is refunded for each credit hour dropped during the drop/add period. The refund is applied to any financial aid that was disbursed to the student if the drop results in a change to enrollment status. If the amount of the refund does not cover the amount owed to financial aid, the student will be billed for the difference.

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Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction Online

Course Start Date Application Deadline* Registration Deadline** Tuition Deadline Drop/Add Period
August 27, 2018 June 1, 2018 August 26, 2018 September 2, 2018 August 27 – September 2, 2018
January 7, 2019 October 1, 2018 January 6, 2019 January 13, 2019 January 7 – 13, 2019
May 13, 2019 March 1, 2019 May 12, 2019 May 19, 2019 May 13 – 19, 2019

*Application and all documents must be submitted by this date.

**Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.



The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction Online Requirements

Any individual with a Master of Education degree is eligible to apply for admission to the Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction online program. Admission to the program is selective and based on a combination of factors, including academic and professional achievement.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Official transcripts must be sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Students who received their undergraduate or graduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

    The University of West Florida
    Graduate Admissions
    11000 University Pkwy., Bldg 11
    Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

    The UWF Graduate School is unable to accept electronic, secure transcripts directly from other institutions unless it is a Florida institution that uses the FASTER transcript system. When requesting transcripts from your current or previous institution, please be sure to specify that you need a hard-copy transcript sent to UWF.

    International students may have additional requirements

  • A master's degree earned from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent international university with a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  • Be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning. Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
  • A score on a nationally standardized graduate admissions test, such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or an equivalent that is acceptable for the specialization to which the area of focus student is applying if Graduate GPA is less than 3.5. Test scores must be no more than five years old*.
  • Submission of letter of intent describing the candidate's work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals, and answers to the following questions:
    • What personal and professional goals do you hope to meet through earning a postgraduate degree, and why do you think the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction program is a good fit for your goals?
    • What special knowledge, skills and experiences would you bring to the chosen specialization and how are these aligned with the mission of the Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction as a whole? If you have had experiences that may have affected your academic performance, please provide explanatory context.
    • Be careful to clearly articulate how your skill set and experiences align with goals of the selected area of focus, and show how these will impact your career trajectory.
  • Approval by the department offering the area of focus
  • Students are strongly encouraged to remain in close contact with the department advising coordinator, as well as the program coordinator, to ensure that all application materials are submitted in a timely manner

The department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of official test scores—GRE, MAT or GMAT if Graduate GPA is less than 3.5
  • Master's transcripts and GPA
  • Submission of a letter of intent that describing the applicant's work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
  • Current résumé
  • Overall fit with the program

Official transcripts must be sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Students who received their undergraduate or graduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

Transcripts should be sent to:

The University of West Florida Graduate School
Attention: Graduate Admissions
11000 University Parkway, Building 11
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

International students may have additional requirements.



For the Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction online, the curriculum consists of 36 semester credit hours, including 18 hours of core courses, plus 15 hours of courses and 1 capstone course in your area of focus (Instructional Design and Technology, Administration and Leadership Studies, or Curriculum and Instruction).

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed as an entry level course in statistics and covers both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to solve applied research problems. Emphasis is also placed on using statistical software packages and will cover the most widely used statistical procedures in education.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Develops skills for evaluating and for conducting applied research studies in an appropriate area of emphasis. Includes strategies of research appropriate for particular area of emphasis and methods appropriate for those strategies. Students are required to select a problem, perform a review of the research literature, plan a research study, and write a research proposal. Completion of EDF 6404 and EDF 6218 is recommended prior to taking this course.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Enables graduate students to comprehend and apply new research paradigms, strategies, and techniques to better understand social change and cultural settings. Qualitative research concepts, theories, and methods offer an empirical basis to explore nonnumeric data. Students will experience and practice a variety of qualitative applied research techniques designed to enhance learning.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores the traditional and contemporary theories of cognition and merges them with educational practices. Examines the ways theories of cognition inform instructional theories. Models and informs teaching and learning in specific content areas. Provides students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives of learning that enhance their ability to understand educational goals and processes. Theories to be studied include Behaviorism, Cognitive Development Theory, Ecological Theory, Information Processing Theory, Motivation Theory, Psycho-social Theory, and Social-Cognitive Theory.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the fundamental nature of education. The learner will consider what it means to educate, the purpose of education, the foundations of knowledge, the roles of educators and educational leaders, as well as the best means by which to achieve the goals of education. Students will examine problems of education through the consideration of questions of metaphysical, ontological, epistemic, and axiological import. Major historical trends in educational philosophies including Idealism, Realism, Pragmatism, and Existentialism will be incorporated through application to problems of educational authority, responsibility, curriculum and instruction. Foundational educational theorists, including Plato, Aristotle, John Locke, John Dewey, and Nel Noddings will be studied in order to understand their historical importance and the impact of their work on the conceptual structure of educational philosophy. Students will compare and contrast theories of education, specifically, Essentialism, Perennialism, Progressivism, and Social Reconstructionism. Students will investigate the major ideologies under-girding policy, curriculum and advocacy in education, including Nationalism, Liberalism, Conservatism, and Marxism.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Enables students to utilize research based curriculum and instruction models to analyze and evaluate teaching processes for the purpose of improving instructional programs. Skill development in feedback and coaching techniques and strategies effective in orchestrating change in instructional practices will also be a focus.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will examine the use of instructional systems design models to create instruction that is appropriate from a pedagogical and practical viewpoint. Theories and models to support the design of instruction for use in a variety of instructional formats will be emphasized. Focus areas will include analysis, instructional goals and objectives, assessment, instructional strategies and the role of formative evaluation in instructional design. Students will apply theories and best practices to design a pedagogically sound instructional product.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will research, critique and apply theories that support the practice of instructional design in various instructional situations. Students will examine the key components of the instructional system; the learner, the content and the context, and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design and develop theoretically sound instruction. Theories examined will include systems theory, communication theories, learning theories and instructional theories.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Models of human performance technology, associated processes, and procedures for completing the tasks ascribed to the various stages within the models/processes are explored.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Human Performance Technologists, education and training leaders in organizations, identify gaps between desired and actual employee performance levels. Once the gaps have been identified, the HPT practitioner determines interventions or combinations of interventions that are needed to close those gaps. These interventions consist of instructional and non-instruction solutions that educators and trainers design and develop that, in turn, solve organizational performance problems.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Once performance gaps have been identified, Human Performance Technologists determine interventions or combinations of interventions that are required to close those performance gaps. The implementation of instructional and non-instructional interventions follows a process model that meets education and training needs of the organization. Guides the student in developing strategies for implementing those interventions.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Design and develop instructional systems that use innovative and emerging technologies to promote motivation, performance and learning in education and training systems. Build a research framework to investigate technologies and instructional systems.

EME 7063 is the capstone course for this area of focus.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Detailed study of various budgeting systems and the political processes and environment that impact upon them. Extensive practical work in budget preparation.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the rationale and methods of strategic management applied to the planning processes of public and nonprofit organizations.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on ethical dilemmas and concerns faced by public managers arising from their exercise of administrative discretionary power. Explores contemporary public service ethical dilemmas by examining teleological and deontological schools of thought applied to case studies and ethics literature. Provides maps and tools to make moral experiences more explicit and consistent.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will address theories and theorists focused in the areas of administration, management and leadership. The course will include completing a literature review, developing a theoretical framework and examining foundational constructs of multiple theorists.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on specific effective professional communication efforts of administrators and leaders from military, social agencies, educational settings and organizational environments, including non-profit agencies and organizations. Skills emphasized in the course include: oral and written presentations for varied audiences and technology-rich communications for leading organizations and developing communicative organizational environments.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides an introduction to program evaluation design, development and implementation. Students will become familiar with a wide range of evaluation strategies, as well as how to interpret, use and communicate formative and summative evaluation results. These skills will be practiced through an applied research focus on using qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis strategies to develop organizational accountability systems.

EDF 6464 is the capstone course for this area of focus.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

With a focus on learning outcomes, this course aims to broaden students' knowledge about designing and assessing curricula in various educational settings ranging from K-12 to higher education. Using various change models, this course offers a practical approach to systemic change with a focus on the relationship between courses and the curriculum.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores varied constructs and concepts in measurement theory, test construction, reliability and validity, item analysis in test development, and test scoring and interpretation.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores various research-based approaches to assessing student learning; educational programs; and organizational structures, systems, and cultures. Learning activities focus on various approaches to assessing student learning in addition to the role of assessment in various models of measurement and evaluation.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to various methods for assessing the effectiveness of reform-based curricula in educational settings, including changes in learners, knowledge, skills, and affect.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced study of current topics and issues related to teaching and learning across a variety of classroom lab or alternative settings. Students explore current teaching practices and future needs related to educational programs for learners of various ages.

EDG 7930 is the capstone course for this area of focus.

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