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Early Childhood Education:  Education Specialist

You choose to become an early childhood educator because you are called to it. But earning your Ed.S. has immediate, practical benefits to your career. For one, it will increase your salary by $6,000 annually. Earning your degree will increase your knowledge and make you more marketable, opening a variety of career opportunities. It’s a degree that will help you turn research into practical strategies to help your students. It will help you qualify for a variety of leadership positions in the Central Office, include reading coach, math coach, stem specialist, curriculum leader, lead teacher, and consultant.

Through our Education Specialist program, we help recruit, prepare, and retain high quality educators for classrooms, leadership roles, and a variety of other occupations beyond the P-3 classroom.


Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Carol Parnell Cunningham Award: Recognizes an outstanding Graduate student from the college of education
  • Teacher Connect Scholarship Program:

Career Preparation

An Ed.S. degree increases your salary by about $6,000 annually. It will increase your knowledge base and make you more marketable. You are eligible for many positions in the Central Office, leadership roles, Reading Coach, Math Coach, STEM specialist, Curriculum leader, Lead Teacher, and consultant.

Contact Information

College of Education:  Dr. Lynn Kelley - (best way to contact) or (205) 652-5417