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The Education Specialist, also referred to as Educational Specialist or Specialist in Education (Ed.S. or S.Ed.), is a specialist degree in education and terminal professional degree in the U.S. that is designed to provide knowledge and theory in the field of beyond the master's degree level.[1] Generally 60 hours of graduate study are required and no dissertation is required; specializations are available in topics like educational leadership, training and development, school psychology, counselor education, special education, curriculum and Instruction, and adult education.[1]

These are highly specialized degrees meant for professionals who require advanced proficiency in a field such as adult education, instructional technology, curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, educational leadership or special education, but who do not have the time or desire to complete a dissertation.[2]

Some individuals who are granted the Ed.S. degree were originally seeking an Ed.D. and stopped short for some reason. Others seek the Ed.S. degree as a way to advance careers in education without having to write a dissertation[3]

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  1. ^ a b Mahuron, Sara. "What Is an Education Specialist Degree?". Houston Chonicle. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ "What Is an Education Specialist Degree?". Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  3. ^ "What is the Difference Between an Ed.S. and an Ed.D. Degree?". Retrieved 2017-05-26.