Ed.S. Concentration

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What can I do with an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading-Language Arts Education?

The Educational Specialist Degree prepares individuals who aspire to pursue careers in literacy education in colleges, schools, districts, and corporate settings. Individuals also pursue careers in community education initiatives across disciplinary fields as well as careers within the children’s and young adult and textbook publishing industry.

How long is the Ed.S. program?

Course work can be completed within two years of admission into the program. The thesis may be completed within one semester and up to two years. The entire program may be completed in two to four years, depending on the student’s full-time or part-time status.

Are any of the courses taught online or taught on campuses other than the USF Tampa campus?

Yes, many of the courses are offered online. Due to the blending of online and face-to-face courses included in the program, we refer to it as a “hybrid” program.

The Ed.S. Program is primarily taught on USF's Tampa campus. Some courses may be offered on other campuses, but not consistently.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition rates change each academic school year. To determine current fees and tuition, visit the registrar’s website.

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. USF and the College of Education, as well as many independent organizations, offer scholarships and fellowships. For more information, visit the USF Graduate School Website.

What qualifications are required to enter the Ed.S. program in Reading/Language Arts?

Review our admissions requirements here. 

What happens after I apply?

The application process has two steps:

  1. Complete the online application and submit your transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate School.
  2. Submit your supporting documents (letters of reference, vita, and writing samples) to Lisa Adkins (see below).

Once you complete the online application and submit your transcripts and GRE scores, the Graduate School will send your application to our department (Julie Schenk). If we have your supporting documents, we will contact you for an interview. If we do not have your supporting documents, then we will ask you to complete the application process.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?


Visit our contact us page for how to contact the program coordinator.