General Degree Requirements
The EdS Program may be completed in 33 credits. An Academic 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.
Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees
Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete the EdS degree.
Certification and Licensing
The School 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.
Education Specialist (EdS) Degree Requirements
Individuals with a previously completed master’s degree will meet the basis of admission to the Education Specialist Program. The programs includes foundations, scholarly writing and specialization courses, as well as a final capstone. Students must pass all courses with a Grade Point Average of 3.00 (B) or higher.
All courses are 8 weeks in length.
Educational Research Methodology
The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain a holistic understanding of the research process and examine the most common research designs used in educational research. In this course, students are prepared to make thoughtful and wise choices about their dissertation research project or capstone project through the exploration of different research design options.
Specialization Course 1
This course provides an introductory exploration of statistics for the graduate student. It includes instruction on the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics, and introduces inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts to help the student understand statistical methodology as used in education, and also more generally, developing a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.
Specialization Course 2
Specialization Course 3
Specialization Course 4
Specialization Course 5
Specialization Course 6
Foundations for Graduate Study in Education (This course will be taken as the first course)
This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a doctoral degree in Education. Doctoral level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.
Advanced Scholarly Writing
The purpose of this course is to build advanced skills identifying and obtaining high quality sources through online library searches. In addition, the course addresses advanced writing and APA formatting skills, and it prepares students to be critically reflective consumers of research reports.
Introduction to Global and Comparative Education
This course introduces students to theories of comparative education, cross-national comparative analysis, global educational transfer and borrowing, and the relation between culture and education. Through this course, students will begin to develop the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to be effective educators of global and comparative education. Students will understand the commonalities, differences, and connections between global and comparative education, and the meaning and significance of globalization in the field of education. Students will comprehend, through reading and class assignments, the global dimensions of several crucial contemporary issues, including the hopes of global cooperation, and the complexity of educational accountability, authority, and professionalism. This course will underline the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding these complex issues.
Culture, Society and Education in Comparative Perspective
Comparative methods serve as the framework to understand culture and society as well as global theories of education. This course provides doctoral students the opportunity to explore and analyze international and comparative education. This course examines the ways in which school, youth, and culture intersect. Students will explore the ways popular culture and education are often opposing forces and investigate reasons why. Students will investigate the shaping and reflecting of popular culture, how the meaning of education shifts over time, how students use popular culture to learn. Students will also look at the multiple ways youth and teachers are constructed in various culture forms. Students examine how demographic factors like race, class, gender, ability, and age are represented and what this means for educational practice and policy.
International Organizations in Global Education
This Doctoral level course introduces students to international organizations in global education. Global education is coming to be one of the most important aspects of 21st century life. As educators become more knowledgeable about global education and understanding of different cultures and educational systems, they will better be able to work with and assist other professionals with whom they previously had no connection. Organizations interested in global education are to be studied, supported, and commended.
Conflict Resolution in an International Context
Doctoral students will explore the conceptual structures of peace and conflict and the theories of conflict resolution currently practiced by peace negotiation specialists. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological breadth of conflict resolution in local, national, and international contexts. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop application-based experience on a variety of international conflict resolution situations.
Globalization and Educational Change
Globalization and Educational Change will give students an opportunity to better understand cross-cultural efforts to effect positive global educational change. Students will also understand that issues in one country are often found elsewhere. Because of similar reasons, there is a need for assessment, parental choice, lack of authenticity, teacher attitudes, and immigration to name a few. These issues need to be discussed, examined, written about, and part of the national conversation.
International Education Leadership
This course allows students to explore theoretical approaches to the study of education leadership in diverse contexts. These approaches are used to consider current topics and debates in the fields of international education. This course also introduces students to institutions involved with educational development in diverse global settings. Students will focus on building leadership skills in international education and on developing intercultural exchange of ideas, resources, and practices. Special emphasis is given to practices, strategies, and techniques that can be adapted to intercultural/multicultural contexts.
International Education Concepts and Theory
Students will explore concepts and theories of education systems around the world, including the cultural and historical bases of these systems and the spread of educational trends across the globe. Alternative theories and definitions of development, as expressed in international education institutions, will be evaluated. The student will be required to consider the challenges of reform, and unique practices in international contexts. In addition, students will integrate an understanding of diverse educational perspectives through the evaluation of worldwide educational systems.
Global Perspective on Ethical Issues
This Doctoral level course will address ethical issues confronting education from a global perspective, including both comparative and transnational points of view. It will address cross-border issues such as international school reform and educational inequality, along with trace patterns of international ethical traditions, especially those that emerged during the second half of the 20th century in order to develop an understanding of the basis of rights, obligations and responsibility. Students will examine contemporary examples of international ethics, especially ones involving safety, truth, and educational practice. Students will be encouraged to research topics of interest related to the course. Finally, the course will address organizational ethics and compliance, including ethical issues for educators and organizations providing services in other countries.
Education Specialist Capstone Project
ED7053 is the culmination of the EdS program. In this course students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the synthesis of knowledge in the Education Specialist program through the design of a real-world problem solving project. The project should be based on research and/ or fieldwork and must demonstrate an approach to addressing the problem through application of theory. Additionally, within this course students will complete a reflective self-assessment of their learning throughout the program.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Education Specialist (EdS) tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your EdS program rate is books. Learn more about the EdS costs below:
- Per credit cost: $820
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,461
- Program cost: $27,071
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Technology Fee: $0
- Registration Fee: $0
*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
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