School of Education

Ed.S.: Specialist in Education with Content-Based Emphasis

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Program Overview

The Specialist in Education with a Content-Based Emphasis is a post-masters program that prepares students for leadership within the field of education or business through programmatic strands.  Specific areas of study include leadership development, literacy education, and teacher effectiveness and professional development.

Program Requirements

The emphasis requires 30 credit hours, consisting of 21 credit hours of programmatic electives and three 3-credit core courses.


  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.