Teacher Specialist Degree Programs

Teacher specialist programs allow experienced teachers to hone their expertise in a specific study area or to enhance their leadership skills in preparation for supervisory roles. Degree programs for teacher specialists are available on the post-baccalaureate or post-master's level. Continue reading to learn more about your degree options, curricula and online learning opportunities. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Teacher Specialist Degree Programs Are There?

Some teacher specialist degree programs are geared toward specialized areas such as career counseling, curriculum and instruction, education policy and evaluation and reading or mathematics education. These programs typically award a master's degree and can prepare you to develop curricula and assess teaching methods. You also may be able to tailor your program to prepare for work as a district-wide leader, postsecondary teacher or school counselor.

More common are Education Specialist (Ed.S.) programs. These are intended for students who've already earned a master's degree and want to take on leadership roles in their schools. An Ed.S. program can teach you about curriculum development and teacher training. You can find programs that prepare you to take on additional responsibilities while remaining in your classroom or programs that prepare you for supervisory positions.

Degree Program Options Master's or Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree
Common Course Topics Curriculum design and instruction, classroom diversity, school improvement strategies, program evaluation, specialized topics such as reading, math or higher education
Online Availability Degree programs are available fully online

What Courses Will I Take?

If you're working toward a master's degree in a teacher specialist area, you'll likely take courses in curriculum design, instruction, education technology and classroom diversity. Aspiring reading specialists also might learn about literacy, language, interpretation and linguistics. If you want to be a math teacher specialist, you may take courses that discuss mathematical thinking and teaching of geometry, algebra and measurement. Typically, you must complete a final project and spend time in an internship.

In an Ed.S. program, you might learn to analyze teaching methods and set instructional goals. You also could take courses that discuss school improvement strategies and program evaluation. Additionally, you might complete classes in a focus area, such as technology education, instructional leadership, reading or higher education. Usually, Ed.S. programs require you to complete an internship.

Can I Learn Online?

You can find education and teacher specialist degree programs that are offered entirely online. Typically, you can access course materials, such as lectures, notes and assignments, via your school's Web-based classroom interface. While you may be able to work on your own schedule, you'll likely have to adhere to assignment due dates and other deadlines. If you're required to complete an in-person program component, such as an internship, it can usually be completed near your home.

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