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Online Education Specialist in Curriculum Leadership Degree

Not quite ready for your doctorate? Our 100% online EdS program is the perfect answer! The William Woods University Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum Leadership prepares graduates to respond to the ever-changing cultural, demographic and technological processes characteristic of the field. This convenient, affordable and 100% online graduate degree program provides the tools needed to make a positive, sustainable impact on student learning and achievement – and you can easily transition into our online EDD program without having to start over (saves both time and money!)

This degree is designed to fit the schedules of working PreK-12 teachers and can be completed in two years or less through 100% online courses taught in convenient 8-week increments. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. And, to make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.

At William Woods, you will be participating in an Education graduate program known for its excellence in real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise.

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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