Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Educational Specialist in Higher Education

The Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education is a 30 credit-hour, online program focused on preparing individuals in post-secondary institutions for leadership in Higher Education. The Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education combines courses in two primary content areas, Curriculum and Leadership, to comprehensively prepare stronger instructors and leaders in higher educational settings.

Admission. Requirements for admission to the Higher Education degree program:

  1. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of 3.25 on coursework completed for the Master’s degree;
  3. Three years of post-secondary-related work experience;
  4. Satisfactory score on one of the nationally recognized, standardized tests of verbal skills listed below:
    a. CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (Test #5723) – minimum score of 162
    b. Praxis I Writing Test – minimum score of 174 on PPST or 320 on CBT
    c. National Teacher Examination (NTE) Communication Skills – minimum score of 653
    d. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal Test – minimum score of 370 (Old Scale) or 144 (New Scale)
    e. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) – minimum score of 30

Degree Requirements. A candidate for the Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education is required to meet the following:

  1. Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University;
  2. Complete the required 30 semester hours of graduate work beyond the Master’s degree, consisting of 6 hours of core courses and 24 hours in the major subject area. Courses that are at the 500 level are not acceptable in the Educational Specialist degree program.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25 on all graduate work attempted toward the Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education. Candidates for the Educational Specialist degree must earn at least a 3.0 on all graduate work attempted by the end of the first 12 hours of coursework, then earn and maintain at least a 3.25 overall GPA in order to qualify for the comprehensive exam and graduation.
  4. Pass a comprehensive examination during the last term of course work.
Educational Specialist in Higher Education Curriculum
Note: Students employed full-time will be allowed to take no more than six hours per semester without prior written approval from the advisor.
Credit Hours
Core Education Courses
CUR 701, ELR 701
Required Courses
CUR 703, CAD 770, SUP 731, AED 701, AED 704, AED 721, AED 736, AED 739
Total 30
Spring 2022 Class Schedule
Course # Course Title Dates
CUR 701 Philosophy of Education Jan 10 – May 5
ELR 701 Educational Research and Design Jan 10 – May 5
SUP 731 Supervision Roles in Instruction Mar 28 – Apr 29
CUR 703 Dynamic Leadership for Curr & Assessment Feb 14 – Mar 24
AED 701 Introduction to Educational Leadership Jan 10 – Feb 11
AED 704 Resource Management Mar 2 – Apr 28

Campus Resources

How to Apply for Graduation

Use the online application process to apply for graduation at least one semester prior to the semester of graduation. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Complete the process by going to the Registrar’s Office website.

Graduate students must have completed at least 18 earned credit hours (not including the current semester) in order to apply for graduation.


Dr. Tim Watkins
P: 662-846-4395

Dr. Merideth Van Namen
Chair, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, & Research
P: 662-846-4370
F: 662-846-4309