Education Specialist in Instructional Technology

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Education Specialist
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

The Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree is a research-based program emphasizing problem-solving and research skills. The Ed.S. degree offers two main concentrations: Instructional Technology and School Library Media. The Ed.S. program provides you with advanced training in the use of technology in teaching and learning that naturally aligns with using those same technologies to create dynamic environments for instructional delivery. The Ed.S. does not provide initial certification in these fields. Candidates who currently hold a P-12 certification can earn P-12 instructional technology certification at the Ed.S. level.

Cohort Model

The Ed.S. Instructional Technology program admits candidates once yearly in the fall semester creating a single cohort model. As each cohort of candidates progress through their coursework together, they provide a support system and a method for candidates to interact with each other throughout their program of study. Providing an advanced, research approach to instructional technology the Ed.S. Instructional Technology degree was created for school library media specialists, teachers, technology specialists, and others who work in educational settings and would like to assume a leadership role in instructional technology. Applicants must hold a master’s degree in instructional/educational technology or other closely related fields.

Admissions Information

  1. Complete requirements for a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
  3. Possess or be eligible for a renewable Georgia level five or higher teaching, service or leadership certificate; or possess an equivalent out-of-state certificate. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level five teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion. Candidates for the School Library Media concentration must hold certification in the School Library Media content area.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course-by-course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Provisional Admission

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status

Program Accreditation

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation