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Online Education Specialist Certification Admission Requirements

Our Online Ed.S. Program provides candidates seeking an advanced online specialist degree in education the opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills, and credentials in the area of school administration and supervision or school counseling.

Whether you are looking to move into school administration, teach at a community college, or expand your knowledge beyond the master's or Rank I level, the Education Specialist program provides an avenue for advancing your career.

The program utilizes a collaborative online environment to facilitate learning and accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. We offer six eight-week enrollment periods throughout the year, making it possible to complete an affordable post-graduate degree in education in just over a year.

Below are the admissions requirements for the different tracks you can choose from:

Ed.S./Administrative Certification Superintendent Program

Medical Exam Form
Verification of Employment

Documentation for the following items must be received before an admission decision is made:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the associated fee
  • A completed Master’s Degree
  • Official Transcript(s): Must be received from ALL degree granting colleges/universities, and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Valid teaching license showing Level II Principal or Supervisor of Instruction certification
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
    • IELTS: 6
  • Documentation of three (3) years teaching experience and two (2) years experience in education administration
  • Three letters of recommendation

Ed.S./Administrative Certification Supervisor of Instruction and Director of Pupil Personnel Program

Medical Exam Form
Verification of Employment

Documentation for the following items must be received before an admission decision is made:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the associated fee
  • A completed Master’s Degree
  • Official Transcript(s): Must be received from ALL degree granting colleges/universities, and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Valid teaching license
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
    • IELTS: 6
  • Documentation of three (3) years teaching experience
  • Three letters of recommendation

Ed.S./Administrative Certification Director of Special Education Program

Medical Exam Form
Verification of Employment

Documentation for the following items must be received before an admission decision is made:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the associated fee
  • A completed Master’s Degree
  • Official Transcript(s): Must be received from ALL degree granting colleges/universities, and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Valid teaching license showing Special Education or School Psychology
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
    • IELTS: 6
  • Documentation of three (3) years teaching experience with at least one (1) year of Special Education or School Psychology
  • Three letters of recommendation

Ed.S. Principal Program

Medical Exam Form
Verification of Employment

Documentation for the following items must be received before an admission decision is made:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the associated fee
  • A completed Master’s Degree
  • Official Transcript(s): Must be received from ALL degree granting colleges/universities, and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Valid teaching license
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
    • IELTS: 6
  • Statement of Support from school Superintendent
  • Three letters of recommendation - One from your sitting Principal and the other two may come from other administrators or P-12 educators or professional staff members

Ed.S. School Counseling (30 Hour) Program

Documentation for the following items must be received before an admission decision is made:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the associated fee
  • A completed Master’s Degree showing at least 30 hours
  • Entrance Exam: GRE (Graduate Record Exam), Miller Analogies, or Guidance Counselor Praxis Exam (Praxis #420)
  • Official Transcript(s): Must be received from ALL degree granting colleges/universities, and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Valid School Counseling Teaching License
  • Assessment of entry level writing assessment
  • Three letters of recommendation

Ed.S. School Counseling (15 Hour) Program

Please Note: To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must hold a Master of Arts in Education Degree (45 hours required) from University of the Cumberlands.

Documentation for the following items must be received before an admission decision is made:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the associated fee
  • A completed Master of Arts in Education School Counseling Degree from University of the Cumberlands
  • Entrance Exam: GRE (Graduate Record Exam), Miller Analogies, or Guidance Counselor Praxis Exam (Praxis #420)
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Valid School Counseling Teaching License
  • Three letters of recommendation

Length of Study

Students wanting to earn their specialist degree in education should learn about our Ed.S. program, which can be completed in as little as 16 months. However, it is designed to provide convenience and flexibility, allowing you to study at a pace that meets your needs.

Certification Provided

Certification is provided for the state of Kentucky through the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). Out-of-state candidates please contact your state’s certification office for reciprocity details.
View a list of states that accept certifications from Kentucky.