Education Specialist Certificates in curriculum and instruction

The Teacher Education Division offers an education specialist program in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations as listed below that include elementary, secondary, and K-12 levels. These concentrations are designed to strengthen the educational background of teachers, administrators, and other education professionals. Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the College of Education and the Graduate School.


  • Art Education
  • Bilingual Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Education - Secondary
  • K-12 Curriculum  (Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitive Impairment)
  • Mathematics Education -Secondary
  • Reading, Language, and Literature
  • Science Education - Secondary 
  • Social Studies Education - Secondary

Course requirements

These certificate programs require 30 credits beyond the master's. The individual student's professional needs and interests are taken into account in determining the specific content of their program. The typical plan includes course work in the specialized professional area and subject matter areas supportive of a major or minor. All course requirements for the various majors are selected in consultation with an advisor. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees.


The specific courses included in an educational specialist program vary by concentration and are selected by the student and their advisor to best meet the student's needs. All courses must be at the graduate level. Students may take one or more courses per semester, but must complete the 30-credit-hour program within the six-year time limit.

Plans of Work


Asli Ozgun-Koca, Ph.D.
Professor and program coordinator

Teacher Education Division

Phone: 313-577-0902