The Curriculum & Instruction Educational Specialist program (Ed.S.) is designed primarily for professionals who hold positions of leadership in education or who aspire to provide educational leadership. The purpose of the program is to develop and enhance the functional capability of educational leaders. The degree is designed to meet the educational needs of regional place-bound, full-time employed professionals who will be selected from a wide range of educational backgrounds. These backgrounds include, but are not limited to, public school personnel, community college and university personnel, social and health related personnel, and military personnel. There are two options for this specialist program: Curriculum and Diversity (CD) and Instructional Technology (IT).
Students must choose one emphasis of study in the Curriculum and Diversity Studies option. In the Advanced Studies Emphasis, students will complete a specialization that focuses on the following areas: critical, multicultural, and feminist pedagogical practices, social transformation and change, social and political issues in education, reform and activist movements, curriculum development and delivery strategies, and educational and social science research and evaluation methods. The Correctional Education and At-Risk Juvenile and Adult Populations emphasis is designed for students who are currently in correctional education settings or anticipate future assessments working with at-risk juvenile and adult populations or administering programs in these areas.
Students must choose one emphasis of study in the Instructional Technology Option. Performance Technology emphasizes theoretical and applied perspectives for considering how individual and organizational performance can be enhanced through the systematic use of innovative instructional technologies, training, feedback systems, and incentive systems. In the Distance Learning Emphasis, students learn how to design distance infrastructures, establish policy directives within organizations, support student performance, develop instructional materials, and implement distributed systems and portable media
The University of West Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association. The College of Professional Studies (all Professional Education/ Teacher Education Programs) is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).