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Educational Specialist – Generalist Online

Expand your skillset while preparing for career growth as an administrator who can help shape the future of education.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date


Discover What Our Online Ed.S. Program Offers You

The affordable Education Specialist - Generalist online program enables you to enhance your credentials and increase your earnings potential as an educator. This highly individualized program features electives from a variety of leading-edge topics, allowing you to work directly with Northwest faculty in shaping your degree to meet your professional interests and goals.

$11,250 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

In this program, learn from our award-winning faculty as you study school buildings and equipment, school personnel, and writing and interpreting educational literature and statistics. Plus, you will gain a foundation in the functions and responsibilities of superintendency. No internship is required.

This flexible Ed.S. program includes a broad array of electives that comprise more than half of the coursework, exploring topics such as culture and student engagement, school law, change management in education, educational technology, leadership in special education, instructional systems design, and more. This program does not lead directly to any licensure or certification.

Northwest Missouri State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). This program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2027. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to continue to do so.

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Tuition and Fees

Find out How and When to Pay Your Tuition

Our Ed.S. – Generalist online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$375 Per Credit Hour
$11,250 Program Tuition*

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Ed.S. – Generalist $375 $1,125 $11,250

Important Refund Information

2nd day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
6th day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
8th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current amounts are based on 2020-21 tuition rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition.

Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2019).


Milestones to Guide Your Student Journey

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/11/23 01/03/23 01/03/23 01/04/23 01/06/23 03/03/23
Spring 2 03/13/23 02/24/23 03/01/23 03/07/23 03/08/23 04/28/23
Summer 1 05/09/23 04/25/23 04/28/23 05/02/23 05/04/23 06/23/23
Summer 2 06/26/23 06/09/23 06/14/23 06/16/23 06/21/23 08/11/23
Fall 1 08/21/23 08/07/23 08/10/23 08/14/23 08/16/23 10/06/23
Fall 2 10/16/23 10/02/23 10/05/23 10/09/23 10/11/23 12/01/23

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northwest?


What You Need to Know Before Applying

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Ed.S. – Generalist online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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To apply for this program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Must supply evidence of a completed master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.00/4.00
  • Must supply documentation of ONE of the following:
    • Valid state teacher (classroom teacher) certificate
    • Successful completion of the Departmental Entrance Exam (DAE)
    • 3.75 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE®
    • National Board Certification

Students who have started and did not finish an Ed.S. program at another regionally accredited university, may be able to transfer up to nine credit hours per advisor approval.

NWMS students who have completed the MS will be assigned new courses for those already taken and will still take 10 classes (30 hours in the EdS program).

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What You’ll Learn in Your Online Ed.S. Generalist Courses

For the Ed.S. – Generalist online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including four core courses (12 credit hours) and six electives (18 credit hours).

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Responsibility of school administrators, supervisors, and other school personnel for construction, operation, and maintenance of school buildings and equipment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Personnel practices in education are considered along with the implications of collective negotiations and professional accountability for personnel policies. Policies pertinent to the selection and placement, promotion, tenure, and retirement of both certified and noncertified personnel are included.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to acquaint students with the various functions of the school district superintendency. It is included in the programs of most students completing the Specialist in Education degree.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Having a two-fold focus, this course treats (1) basic methods of developing and reporting educational research and literature and (2) techniques of interpreting and evaluating educational research and literature. Basic statistical methods are utilized in each of the components. Prerequisite: Ed.S. students only.

Students must take six of the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will include an analysis of literature on brain research, classroom culture, student engagement and student performance. With the increasing body of brain research that has occurred over the past decades, educators now have a scientific basis for the implementation of a classroom culture and classroom environments that increase the functioning of the brain. Engaging students in their learning is a scientifically-based concept that leads to sustained student motivation and achievement and provides for positive classroom culture. The course will provide curriculum leaders with the tools necessary to increase student engagement, motivation and promote a positive classroom culture.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the laws of our country as they apply to all phases of the public school. Stress is placed upon laws concerning superintendents, principals, teachers and pupils. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to acquaint prospective or experienced teachers and administrators with the functions, organization, curriculum and personnel associated with the middle school; with concentration on the early adolescent learner.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will investigate organizational frameworks designed to best facilitate change and apply these structures to today's schools. Students will understand the dynamics of change and how to optimize the potential to sustain change that has a positive impact on student success.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with the tools necessary to stay current on trends and issues in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Special topics in curricular design, instructional strategies, assessment and professional development will be explored. Professional ethics as it relates to the role of the curriculum leader will be analyzed and applied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the leadership qualities necessary to create a digital culture in schools. Instructional leaders must focus on ways to connect and collaborate to achieve the hallmarks of 21st century learning. Students will explore a framework for digital leadership which will promote a culture that harnesses the power of technology within the school environment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course prepares educational leaders for their roles in managing certified and classified personnel to effectively achieve the objectives of educational programs K-12.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare school leaders for effective two-way communication with families and the community. In addition, school leaders will effectively engage families, community and school personnel in strengthening student learning in and out of school. This course will prepare school leaders to build and sustain productive partnerships with communities and public and private sectors to promote school improvement and student development. Finally, this course will prepare school leaders to advocate for the needs and priorities of the school, district, students, families and the community. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Procedures, responsibilities, and problems relating to the administration of special education programs. These experiences should include, but not be limited to, the following: administrative patterns, legal basis, financial aspects, placement conferences, managing the IEP, placement alternatives, program services, outcomes, and evaluation, inclusion, professional and ethical practices, and grant development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will begin with a review of current research on the role of quality feedback in the improvement of achievement and performance. Students will analyze student work and practice providing descriptive feedback. The role of performance feedback in the improvement of instructional practice will be reviewed and students will practice providing feedback through peer review. Finally, students will review literature on the development of effective goal setting resulting in the creation of goals that align with the feedback provided on student work and peer review.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of standards, curriculum and assessment for the integration of technology in learning and training environments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Selection, utilization and development of computer-based multimedia including video, audio, graphics, web-based content and presentation tools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the fundamental principles of instructional design as they apply to instruction, learning and instructional technology. Special emphasis on web-based instructional design and delivery.

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