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Prepare to become a transformational leader of educators with an education specialist degree. As a transformation leader, you can use analytical, critical, and innovative thinking to improve the performance of your educational institution. Not only is the Educational Specialist program designed to help you achieve your professional goals, it can also help you positively impact your school and community through education.
Find out how the School of Advanced Studies can prepare you to be a scholar-leader of educational institutions.
*Please note that while University of Phoenix, a regionally accredited university, offers doctoral programs in education, these programs are not designed to lead to educational licensure or certification.
This online program requires brief residencies in select locations. This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Representative for details.
What you'll learn
Make an informed choice
We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.View the Educational Specialist gainful employment disclosures.
How to afford your degree
Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Admissions and program requirements vary by state. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for state and/or program specific information.
Individual courses are also available.
When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's great way to "test-drive" the University and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.
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From finding the right college to finding time for your other work and family responsibilities - we know you have a lot on your mind. That's why we offer the tools you need to better understand your financial commitment and the Finance Advisors who can help you understand your options.
How much will it cost?
Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.
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Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.
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Federal Financial Aid Plan
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
Need more information?
An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.
How can I use my Military benefits?
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
Active Duty Spouse Benefits
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this program
In-depth exploration of leadership
Learn to strategically manage and lead even the most complex educational institutions by growing your skills and abilities in areas such as budgeting, teacher management and operations.
Tailored to your needs
Unlike with the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, the Educational Specialist program (Ed.S.) does not require a dissertation or include a residency, but it still helps you to refine your leadership skills in education strategy, research and leadership.
Interactive group discussions
In online doctoral group discussions, you will interact with fellow learners and faculty and exchange ideas about research that centers on current challenges in education.
Doctoral Success Orientation
This three-day, no-cost online training lab gives you a tour of the University's online learning platform and educational resources before you begin your first course.
Title II Reports for Indiana
University of Phoenix provides information about students who complete our teacher-preparation programs. For more information, review the institution and program report card.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
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The School of Advanced Studies
Earning a doctoral degree is a significant milestone in your educational and professional career — and an opportunity to make an impact in your community.
Our educational model
Our doctoral programs combine group discussions, residencies and the dissertation process to help you expand your understanding of how leaders can influence change through research.
The culmination of your doctoral degree uncovers new knowledge through original research and applies the models, theories and skills you will have learned in your coursework.