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Education Specialist, Learning Analytics in Higher Education Specialization, EdS

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Education Specialist Degree

Description of Program

The EdS program is designed specifically for professionals who desire continuing education in response to the national and international need for professionals trained to work in diverse organizational settings. This program is tailored for students who aspire to engage in advanced levels of professional practice while increasing leadership and scholarship skills to develop solutions and communicate ideas to diverse stakeholders within a chosen field of study. Each specialization within the EdS prepares students for making informed, ethical decisions and improvements to current educational, organizational, and societal issues.

Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments

Basis for Admissions

Admission to the Education Specialist (EdS) program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.

Degree Requirements

The EdS Program may be completed in 33 credits. An Academic and Finance Advisor or Enrollment Specialist evaluates each student individually and works with the student to create an academically sound Learning Plan based on prior academics and their professional goals.

The University may accept up to 12 semester credit hours in transfer with a maximum of 9 semester credit hours in transfer eligible toward the specialization courses in the Education Specialist degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. Transfer credit is only awarded for course work that is evaluated to be substantially equivalent in content with the required course work for the EdS program. See the Transfer Credit Policy  for additional information.

Individuals with a previously completed master’s degree will meet the basis of admission to the Education Specialist Program. Students enrolled in the Education Specialist program are required to complete foundations, scholarly writing, specialization courses, and the capstone course with a Grade Point Average of 3.00 (B) or higher.

The Education Specialist (EdS) program emphasizes an applied, project based approach to development of appreciable improvements in the body of educational practice. The EdS attracts individuals who are primarily professionals either at the PK-12 level or the higher education level. (Enrollment managers, superintendents, principals, teacher leaders, and education faculty who primarily teach - not do research, educational consultants, trainers in organizations). The EdS capstone focuses on solving a problem in the workplace or in the professional field of education and results in a “product” or solution. This degree is also intended to help students increase their own workplace Leadership Skills.

Time to Completion

The University allows 5 years to complete all education specialist programs of 33 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 23 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 18 months.

Certification and Licensing

The Sanford College of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The EdS program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country.

Course Sequence

The EdS in Education requires two Foundations courses, six Specialization courses, two Research courses, and one Capstone course for a total of 33 credit hours.

Both the Education Specialist (EdS) and Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (EdS-EdL) require all foundations courses and specialization or core courses be completed prior to students starting the capstone course

Learning Analytics in Higher Education (LAHE) Specialization

This specialization seeks to immerse the student into the ever growing field of learner analytics. Students will be exposed to history of data analytics, which includes the identification of both early and prominent foundations of learner analytics, as well as an introduction to key theories, leading experts, useful best practices, and applications in higher education. This specialization will provide instruction on the proper identification, utility, and application of relevant data in the education world, as well as provide and introduction into the components of datum, data mining, and types of data analytics, inclusive of tools to extract and analyze data educational research methods, and relative predictive statistical test that are used in the field. Exposure to important issues within the realm of learning analytics, such as technology and the role of Learning Management Systems (LMS) in personal learning, intelligent data, and adaptive modeling is also crucial to the student. Additionally, this specialization will address key components of data integrity such as data privacy (FERPA), data security and time sensitivity, as well as identify relevant higher education users and key stakeholders and discuss how to build institutional capacity and drive improvement by properly using learning analytics to improve educational outcomes.

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