Online Degree: Educational Specialist (EdS)

Teacher Education

College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

Program Overview

Take the next step in your education while continuing to work by earning your EdS online. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers an online education specialist degree via the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences, designed for students seeking their post-master's degree.

This EdS online degree program is for experienced professionals with their master's in education, plus a minimum of three years of teaching or related experience.

Credit Hours

30 beyond a master’s degree
60 beyond a bachelor’s degree

Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Advance Your Career in the Field of Teacher Education

The Education Specialist (EdS) degree with a major in teacher education is designed for those students who already possess a master’s degree in education. The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education offers a Distance Education (DE) option for individuals who hold a master’s degree in education and who are employed as a Job-Embedded practitioner. A minimum of three years of teaching or related experience is required.

This online education specialist degree (EdS) allows teachers to continue working while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in their area of interest. Concentrations offered through the DE program are the Educational Technology concentration and the Practitioner concentration.

Required Course Areas

Students in the Teacher Education, EdS, program are required to choose one course from two of the following areas:

Adult Learning


Cultural Studies

Educational Technology


Instructional Pedagogy

Special Education

Featured Courses

Examples of courses offered in the Specialist in Education, Teacher Education program include:  

EDPY 515: Direct Assessment & Interventions for Academic Skills Deficits

Theory, techniques and procedures shown to prevent and remedy academic skills deficits: curriculum-based assessment and direct intervention procedures.

SPED 530: Applied Behavior Analysis in School Settings

Emphasizes the application of applied behavior analysis principles including the study of designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior analytic interventions relevant to alleviating significant problem behaviors in the classroom setting. 

EDPY 517: Educational Applications of Behavioral Theories of Learning

Behavioral theories and research, conditioning, observational learning, and ethological learning as systems apply to student motivation, discipline and learning.

SPED 555: Methods of Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Provides an in-depth description of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including differentiating characteristics among the various subtypes of pervasive developmental disorder. Appropriate assessment practices, programming considerations, and effective instructional methods are addressed. 

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Program Concentrations

Students in the Teacher Education Major, EdS, can choose from the following two concentrations:

Educational Technology 


Ready to Lead as a Teacher Education Practitioner?