Specialist Degree Programs

Higher Education (Ed.S.)

This degree program is for individuals interested in advancing their careers in two- and four-year colleges and universities, in college transition programs, or in agencies involved with adult education. The degree requires 30 hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, delivered through a cohort model. Students must select one of the following concentrations: Adult & Developmental Education or Community College & University Leadership.

Educational Administration (Ed.S.)

This degree program provides extended knowledge of a systematic perspective of the administration of public schools. The focus is to prepare for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration. This degree leads to sixth-year licensure.

School Psychology (Ed.S.)

(offered through the Department of Psychology)

The School Psychology program is offered through the Department of Psychology, which is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences. The program is NASP-Approved, nationally recognized by NCATE, and accredited by the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings and to practice competently, ethically, and from a scientific perspective in the major domains of school psychology practice including consultation, assessment, prevention, intervention, training, diversity, home-school collaboration, and research. Graduates are eligible for NC DPI licensure as School Psychologists and for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential; they also are eligible to apply to the NC Psychology Board for licensure as Licensed Psychological Associates.