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Education Specialist in Curriculum Leadership Degree

Become a leader in curriculum transformation

Education today is a dynamic process that must respond quickly to changes in cultural, demographic, technological and other forces. The William Woods University Education Specialist in Curriculum Leadership degree prepares you to respond to these challenges through an understanding of transformative curriculum design and its implication for learning. This program outlines effective practices for curriculum leadership and will help you clarify your educational values while emphasizing the critical interrelationship of curriculum, instruction and assessment. You will be exposed to various means of curriculum reform, as well as a variety of reform initiatives. The Education specialist program is designed to correlate with the Missouri Superintendent Standards as the focal point of curriculum leadership, focusing on pedagogy, current research and educational trends.

At William Woods, you’ll be participating in an Education graduate program known for its excellence and for providing a significant number of the leaders in Missouri’s state school system. As one of these students, you will have the opportunity to learn from active practitioners in the field and make the connections you need for leadership and career growth.

This degree is designed to fit the schedules of working PreK-12 teachers and can be completed in two years or less through evening courses taught in convenient locations around the state. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. We structure the schedule intentionally to keep students together, allowing you to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on similar career goals. And, to make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.

Your education specialist degree at work

This program is designed for teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum directors and principals with an interest in staying current in instructional and circular issues in PreK-12 schools. As a graduate, you will be trained as a leader in the areas of curriculum construction, instructional development and assessment. You may become a curriculum, instruction or assessment leader within a school district; or a master teacher or teacher leader.

575 # of our graduates who are now principals and assistant principals
123 # of our graduates who are now school district administrators
81 # of our graduates who are now school superintendents


You will earn the degree by completing ten three-credit courses including a capstone practicum course, 40 hours of field work and a final curriculum project.

Courses you may take

EDU 603

Curriculum Auditing & Mapping


EDU 605

Issues in Curriculum Leadership


EDU 610

Utilizing Statistical Procedures in Educational Research & Evaluation


EDU 635

Curriculum Leadership


EDU 645

Application of Learning Frameworks


EDU 655

Instruction and Assessment Design


EDU 673

Educational Reform and Urban Educational Issues


EDU 680

Advanced School Law and Policy Development


EDU 690

Differentiated & Supplemental Program


EDU 696

Curriculum Leadership Practicum



Note: The Ed.S. in Curriculum Leadership requirements are not aligned with any DESE certification. This degree program is not an avenue for principal or superintendent certification.


  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts (3.0 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

Cohorts available across Missouri

William Woods advanced education programs bring evening classrooms to districts and educators where there is interest. Districts in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more are running cohorts currently or have in the past.

William Woods in the real world

Many of our graduates hold leadership positions in Missouri’s schools. All of them are great teachers.


What separates William Woods University is the quality of our instructors. They’re successful school leaders from around the state, actually out there doing what we’re teaching others to do.

— James C. Head, Director of Administrative Field Experience

Admissions Information

Learn more about graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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