COE: Educational Specialist (EdS)
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The Ed.S. degree is intended for school personnel preparing for a specific role, either that of a school psychologist or that of a school building or district administrator. The programs require 60 hours of postbaccalaureate course work designed to meet the respective Missouri certification requirements. The Ed.S. in School Psychology degree program requires three years of intensive, full-time, training but students may be able to complete up to half of the curriculum as a part-time student. The Ed.S. in Educational Administration can be pursued on a part time or a full time basis and can include credits taken in an M.Ed. in Educational Administration program.

The Educational Specialist Degree program is designed for graduates to attain the following learning outcomes:

  • Expand their knowledge of the major theories in their area of specialty.
  • Attain a solid foundation in the field of education in general and a depth of knowledge in the specialty.
  • Think critically.
  • Develop skills to become a reflective practitioner.
  • Mentor teachers and other practitioners as a specialist in a specific area.
  • Understand research methods in education.
  • Conduct research.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and attributes.

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Kristel Schlemper

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
(314) 516-5937


Slide 1 Doctoral student Tracy Smith begins tenure as principal of Ross Elementary School
In May, the Parkway School District named Tracy Ross, a master’s graduate and EdD student at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, principal of Ross Elementary School. Smith has served students in the St. Louis region for more than two decades. Over the course of her career, she has worked as an elementary school teacher in three area school districts, and also as an instructional coach and assistant principal. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Doctoral student Belinda Quimby brings servant leadership to Humboldt Academy as principal
Belinda Quimby worked in the performing arts field for several years before changing career paths and enrolling in the College of Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She’s earned two master’s degrees and an EdS and is currently pursuing an EdD. As principal, she’s working toward certifying Humboldt Academy of Higher Learning Elementary School as a School of Character. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 3 Niara Savage earns NPR fellowship while pursuing degree in school psychology
Niara Savage was motivated to pursue an EdS in school psychology at UMSL after working with the the St. Louis Teacher Residency. In addition to her interest in education, she is also a multimedia journalist. As an NPR Midwest Newsroom reporting fellow, she is working with the Missouri Independent and NPR Midwest Newsroom on an investigative series about the dangers of high levels of lead in Midwestern children. (Photo by August Jennewein)