Education Specialist, Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation

Program Description

37 semester credits required. Required credits may vary depending on the program director’s evaluation of the student’s graduate level transcripts. 

The Ed.S. Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation program is designed for those individuals who already possess a master's degree in other education fields and are interested in improving their instructional expertise and developing skills as a teacher leader.  
General courses from both the building administration and superintendent programs may be used to satisfy the elective requirement. Individuals who currently hold a master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation from NNU would not qualify for this program, but would qualify to apply for other NNU EDS programs.  
This online program utilizes a cohort model which allows students to plan their schedules ahead of time and allows them to continue working full-time in their position while completing the program. Students typically complete the program in approximately 24 months depending on their start date and courses which are transferred into the program.  
Every student will be registered for the approved accreditation and assessment software during EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education. There is a fee associated with this course.

Required courses for Ed.S. Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation (Online):

EDUC8000. Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7505. Teachers as Leaders (3)
EDUC7511. The Learning Process (3)
EDUC7532. Instructional Models (3)
EDUC7552. Instructional Coaching (3)
EDUC7553. Curriculum, Assessment, and Collaboration (3)
EDUC7554. Innovative Instruction (3)
EDUC7555. Mixed Methods Research (3)
EDUC7556. Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC7557P. Program Portfolio (0-1)
EDUC7571  Education in a Globalized and Multi-Cultural Society (3)
EDUC7572  Innovative Instruction 2.0 (3)
EDUC7584  Data Driven Decision-Making (3)
EDUCxxxx. Elective (3)

Elective Options in Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation (select a minimum of 3 credits):

EDUC7575. Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3)
EDUC7579. Special Education Law for Administrators (2) 
EDUC7581. Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3)
EDUC8671. Educational Change: A Historical Perspective (3)
EDUC8674. School Facilities (3)
EDUC8675. Public Relations and Marketing for Schools (3) 
EDUC8676. Special Populations: Issues and Resources (3)

Admission Requirements - Ed.S. Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation

  1. A master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master's program.
  3. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

Application Requirements - Ed.S. Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start, and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 S. University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email:
  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Email or mail: official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received a master’s degree. (We do not accept faxed transcripts.)
  3. Email or mail: a copy of candidate’s teaching certificate if applicable.
  4. Online: two recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues. Must be completed by different individuals.
  5. Email or mail: evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines.

Graduation Requirements - Ed.S. Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation

  1. Credits must be earned in courses numbered 7000 or above. Continuing education courses and pass/fail (except those specified for degree completion) do not apply toward the degree. Exceptions for substitutions from other institutions may be approved by the program director.
  2. The candidate must complete requirements as specified in the degree major. The degree must be completed within six years of beginning course work. If the degree is not completed within six years, the candidate must reapply to the program. Credits older than six years may need to be retaken.
  3. The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion. Deadlines: June 1 for Fall; October 15 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer.