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Our online Ed.S. program provides candidates seeking an advanced online specialist degree in education the opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills, and credentials in the area of school administration and supervision or school counseling.

Whether you are looking to move into school administration, teach at a community college, or expand your knowledge beyond the master's or Rank I level, the Education Specialist program provides an avenue for advancing your career.

The program utilizes a collaborative online environment to facilitate learning and accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. We offer six eight-week enrollment periods throughout the year, making it possible to complete an affordable post-graduate degree in education in just over a year.

Length of Study
Students wanting to earn their specialist degree in education should learn about our Ed.S. program, which can be completed in as little as 16 months. However, it is designed to provide convenience and flexibility, allowing you to study at a pace that meets your needs.

Certification Provided
Certification is provided for the state of Kentucky through the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). Out-of-state candidates please contact your state’s certification office for reciprocity details.
View a list of states that accept certifications from Kentucky.

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  • Supervisor of Instruction

Required Courses:
EDOL 547 – Diversity in a Multicultural Society
ADOL 630 – Introduction to Educational Administration
ADOL 631 – School Program Improvement
ADOL 639 – The Supervisor
ADOL 643 – Special Education and School Leadership
ADOL 665 – Practicum: Supervisor of Instruction
ELCOL 835 – Administrative Strategies for School Improvement
ELSOL 730 – The Politics of Educational Decision Making
ADOL 632 – Human Resource Management and Supervision
ADOL 634 – Business Management in Public Schools
ADOL 637 – School Law II
ADOL 640 – School Superintendency
ADOL 641 – School System Administration
ADOL 642 – Strategic Management
ADOL 669 – Practicum: Superintendent

  • School Counseling

Required Courses:
ADOL 635 – School and Community Relations
ADOL 653 – Assessment of and for Student Learning
COOL 536 – Psychological Assessments
COOL 537 – Personality Assessments
COOL 539 – Career Development
COOL 630 – Introduction to Drug/Alcohol Counseling
COOL 633 – Child and Adolescent Counseling
COOL 635 – Leadership, Advocacy, and Accountability in School Counseling
COOL 636 – Counseling Aspects of Grief and Loss
PSYOL 537 – Etiology and Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior
PSYOL 538 – Counseling, Psychotherapy and Consulting



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