Wayne State College

Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)

Advance your career with our online education specialist degree in school administration.

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What is an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)?

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program prepares students for district-level administrative positions and an endorsement for Superintendent but requires less time and money than pursuing a doctoral degree in education (Ed.D.). Students entering the Ed.S. program must have completed a 36-credit hour MSE degree or 36-hour endorsement program in School Administration for Principal. The Ed.S. degree offers a chance to become more proficient in educational administration, while advancing your career and enhancing your credentials. The Education Specialist degree can also serve as a stepping stone toward getting your Ed.D. or Ph.D. in education, as some of the credits you earn in an online Ed.S. degree may be transferrable to your doctoral program.

Online Ed.S. degree from Wayne State

If you're looking to qualify for a leadership role in education, enhance your credentials and salary, or become specialized in the field of educational administraton, our online education specialist degree in school administration can help you achieve these goals. The convenience of our online Ed.S. degree allows you to continue working as a principal or teacher while balancing the demands of your busy life, and at less time and cost than other institutions. While doctoral degrees in education can typically require 60-90 credits to completion, the online Ed.S. degree from Wayne State requires only 30 credits for completion, and it's at an affordable price. What's more, our online education degrees are consistently ranked near the top for their value, quality, and successful graduate outcomes.

Program of Study

*Wayne State College accepts up to 18 credit hours from other Nebraska state colleges or universities and nine hours from other accredited graduate institutions.

Online Ed.S. Degree Admission Criteria

You must have a master's degree or endorsement in school administration from an accredited institution. If you hold a graduate degree in another field and have at least two years of teaching experience, you may begin the online education specialist degree program while completing masters-level, school administration deficiency hours (usually 24 credit hours).

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Education Specialist Certification

Completing the online Ed.S. degree in school administration from Wayne State College may certify you to work as a school administrator at any level in in a P-12 school system. Upon degree completion, you should contact the WSC Director of Education and Counseling Services, Brook Jech, at 402-375-7373 to process the administrative endorsement to your teaching certificate. The Nebraska Department of Education requires successful completion of the Praxis II School Superintendent Assessment. Our program of study is designed to prepare you for such a test, but your performance may depend on many issues beyond the control of our department, including prior educational knowledge, teaching and administrative experiences, test-taking skills, and your retention of course material.


Questions? Contact:

Michael Sieh
Assistant Professor of Education
Benthack Hall 205A
Phone: 402-375-7185
Email: [email protected]

Online Ed.S. Degree Fast Facts

  • 30 Credit Hours
  • $392 Per Credit Hour ($11,760 for 30 credit hours, based on 2023-24 tuition rates)
  • Fully online
  • Up to 15 transferrable credits*

Next start dates

  • Jan. 8, 2024 (16 weeks, spring term)
  • May 13, 2024 (3, 8, and 13-week sessions. Registration opens Mar. 25, 2024)
  • June 3, 2024 (5 and 10-week sessions. Registration opens Mar. 25, 2024)
  • July 8, 2024 (5-week session. Registration opens Mar. 25, 2024)

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Accreditation: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

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An Affordable Online Ed.S. Degree

The online education specialist degree at Wayne State College is among the lowest priced in the nation.  Online tuition is a flat rate, regardless of residency.

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Courses for the online education specialist degree are available throughout the summer, fall, and spring.  Advance your career and get started today!