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    May 20, 2024  
Missouri Baptist University 2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
Missouri Baptist University 2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S.

CIP Code: 13.0301

Mission Statement

The School of Education at Missouri Baptist University seeks to develop reflective, problem-solving, professional educators of excellence from a Christian perspective; to enhance the lives of students in the classroom intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially; and to significantly influence students through the demonstrated integration of Christian faith and learning in the classroom, so that they may become positive change agents in a globally and culturally diverse society.


The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program is intended for professionals in public or private schools who are seeking instructional leadership roles at the district level.

  • The Curriculum and Instruction concentration is designed for master teachers or curriculum coordinators who wish to serve as exemplars of instructional strategies and learning processes.

Each Ed.S. degree candidate is required to develop a comprehensive plan of study indicating timelines and required courses with the Graduate Advisor. The worksheet for the plan of study is available in the Graduate Advisor’s office and must be completed and approved at the beginning of the student’s program. The plan of study should be reviewed periodically with a Graduate Advisor to ensure that the student is meeting desired academic goals.

Online Program

The Curriculum and Instruction concentration of the Ed.S. degree is offered primarily as an online program, although it may be offered face-to-face for a predetermined cohort. 

Summary of the Specialist Degree Process

To earn the Ed.S. degree, a student must complete each of the following steps:

  1. The student must develop a comprehensive plan of study with the Graduate Advisor.
  2. The student must complete all coursework included in the plan of study.
  3. The student must complete 90 clock hours of internship. 
  4. An Application for Graduation, signed by the student, Graduate Advisor, and Vice President for Graduate Studies, must be filed with the Graduate Office and the Records Office in the semester prior to the term in which the student intends to graduate.
  5. Students must pay the required graduation fee.All graduate candidates for graduation during an academic year – Summer (previous year) Fall/Winterim, and Spring – are encouraged to attend the commencement exercises which are held at the close of the Spring Semester. Graduate students must have all work completed and a degree conferred in order to participate in the ceremony. Students must notify the Vice President for Graduate Studies and the Director of Records if they choose not to participate. Students must pay the graduation fee whether they attend commencement or not.
  6. Specialist students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in specialist coursework in order to earn an Educational Specialist degree.

Transfer Students/Transfer Credit

A total of six (6) hours may be transferred into the Ed.S. program from other accredited Educational Specialist programs. These credits must have been earned within seven (7) years prior to entry into the Graduate Studies Program from another regionally accredited college or university.

Transfer credits must be approved by Graduate Admissions or Advising and the Director of Educational Administration and must have grades of A, B, S, CR, or P. Students may not take courses from other graduate programs while enrolled at Missouri Baptist without written approval from the Vice President for Graduate Studies. The total hours transferred to Missouri Baptist may not exceed six (6).

Directed Studies

Qualified students are permitted to engage in directed studies under graduate faculty supervision. Under this arrangement, students are enabled to explore subjects in depth, or examine new areas of study, beyond the opportunity afforded by the University’s curriculum. In some cases, catalog courses may be offered as directed studies. Graduate students may not earn more than six (6) credit hours of directed study in their master’s program unless special permission is received in writing from the Associate Vice President for Graduate Affairs. Certain courses may not be taken by directed study, as specified in the course description. Directed study forms are available in the Records Office and approval must be obtained from the student’s Graduate Advisor, the instructor of the course, Dean, and Associate Vice President for Graduate Affairs before the beginning of each term. The student and graduate faculty are expected to present the following items as part of the directed study: objectives, detailed description of the study, procedures for student-instructor interaction, method of evaluation, and anticipated resources needed for the study or a course syllabus may be attached to the directed study form.

Grade Requirements

Specialist-level graduate students must earn a grade of B or better in specialist-level courses in order to continue in the Educational Specialist program.

Research Requirements

All students pursuing the Educational Specialist Curriculum and Instruction track are required to take GRED 653CI Data Analysis for Decision-Making  and GRED 673CI Professional Portfolio and Field Experience: C&I . Students will complete a 90 clock hour internship (EDUC 630 Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction Internship ) and demonstrate scholarship through the development and completion of a professional portfolio. The portfolio must be completed and scored before the degree is conferred. 

Workshop Graduate Credit

No graduate credit earned in workshops or professional development seminars may be applied toward the Educational Specialist degree.

Credit for Prior Learning for Completion of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) Portfolio

Students applying for the Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction may be eligible to receive three (3) hours of advanced credit-for-prior learning for completing NBCT requirements. The Dean of Education will review the substance of the NBCT portfolio content and determine whether it matches any current course content. There must be a clear correspondence between the content of the portfolio and an existing course in the Ed.S. program before credit is granted. Students must pay the regular credit-for-prior learning evaluation fees before credit is granted.