Educational Specialist Degree Program

"Teaching is the highest form for understanding." ~ Aristotle

Ed.S. Degree Programs

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies are 30 hour applied degrees in areas of specialization above the Master’s degrees,  which lead to AA certification.  These programs are designed for professionals who desire to expand their skills and knowledge with advanced study. Ed.S. degrees are offered in the following areas: 

Collaborative K-12

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Instructional Leadership

Reading Specialist

Secondary Education

Teacher Leader

What Our Grads Say

"I recently improved pedagogical practices by attending South Alabama’s Educational Specialist degree program, which provided relevant and current research-based strategies to implement in the twenty-first century classroom. I was able to pursue a higher degree with advisors and professors who were knowledgeable and knew me by name.  Thankfully, I was able to complete the degree in a reasonable amount of time without imposing on personal or career obligations.  Go Jags!" ~ Suzanne Loper

Suzanne Loper


December 2011 USA Commencement. Suzanne Loper (right) was receiving her Master in Elementary Education while Lauren Loper, her daughter (left), was getting a bachelor's degree in Special Education. Since then, both have advanced in their graduate studies at South Alabama and both received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in their respective programs.