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Education Specialist (EdS) in Language, Literacy and Culture Education

The EdS in Language, Literacy and Culture Education is an intensive program of professional development between a master’s and a PhD for individuals to pursue advanced inquiry and develop expertise in K-12 teaching and learning of language and literacies in sociocultural contexts. Rather than focusing on conducting original research as doctoral students would, graduates of the Education Specialist degree develop a deep understanding of relevant theories and research to tackle contemporary issues in K-12 language, literacies and culture education (LLCE). Graduates have the knowledge and skills to serve in a variety of roles, including language and literacies education leaders, curriculum specialists and global change agents.


This is a 51-credit hour program of advanced/doctoral level coursework specializing in language, literacies and culture education, without the requirement to conduct original dissertation research. Students have the option to apply for the PhD program and transfer over the full credits from their EdS, if accepted.  The coursework is fairly customizable and falls under these general requirements:


  • Common Core - 9 credits
  • Research Course - 3 credits
  • Language, Literacy and Culture Education Specialization Courses - 24 credits
  • Cognate Area of Study - 9 credits
  • Electives - 6 credits

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Research and Faculty

We have a large graduate faculty with a diverse range of expertise.  Faculty mentor you throughout your program and encourage you to engage in collaborative learning opportunities. Students have many chances to work with faculty on a variety of field-based and scholarly projects, programs and engagements. Explore some of the initiatives and programs that our faculty lead: 


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Applications are accepted for fall semester admission only.  To be considered for assistantship opportunities, the application deadline is January 15 for studies that begin in August of the same year.  For applicants not seeking an assistantship, the application deadline is April 1 for a fall start.


Fall Priority Deadline for Assistantship Application - January 15

Fall Final Deadline (Non-assistantship) - April 1


To apply to the Education Specialist in Language, Literacy and Culture Education, complete the following: 


  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum graduate GPA required)
  • Two to three letters of recommendation 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Personal and career goal statement that addresses how this program supports your professional goals (two pages). Include discussion of qualifications related to potential assistantship positions, if applicable.
  • Academic or scholarly writing sample (e.g. master’s class paper, thesis, etc.)
  • Video conference interview may be required



Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 




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