Are there any Ed.S.'s or Ed.D.'s not intended for school leaders?

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  1. Pelican

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    I will soon finish my MAT, so I am looking at on-line Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs. Looking at many programs, I find the curriculum for all seems to fit only leaders. I am not interested in a leadership role, but want to expand and deepen my knowledge of classroom practices. PhD's seem too narrow in scope. Is there such a thing as an Ed.S.'s or Ed.D.'s that are intended just for teachers?
     
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    Look for degrees with the subject titles "Curriculum and Instruction," "Teaching and Learning," "Teacher {Leader/Leadership}," and "{Elementary/Secondary/Subject Area} Education."
     
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    BrainSMART - Teacher Leadership The concentration is in Teacher Leadership, but I think that you will find the program will expand and deepen your knowledge of teaching in the classroom. I just finished the MS and learned many great teaching strategies. I loved the program.
     
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    Note: the OP casually lumps together the EdS and EdD. For reasons that should be obvious, there is a gulf between these two designations. Both are worthy goals, but a keener understanding of one's goals will likely point one to one or the other.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the help! University of Arkansas seems the most likely program, as it seems to be the most affordable. Some of the private schools are surprisingly expensive for being schools that are too new to have a reputation.

    I just know that after a master's, the Ed.S. is 30 credits beyond, and the Ed.D. is 60 credits beyond. Both can be started after a master's, but an Ed.S. can be half-way point to the Ed.D. Yes, I will need to research whether these will help my career or just make me overqualified. I would get an automatic pay-raise in my job or my school might decide that just makes me too expensive. I don't currently have any interest in leadership work as I don't think I have a talent for that, but I have time to continue taking a course or two each semester, so it might as well go towards something. In the end, it may just be better for me to get a second master's, but in a content area that I could teach.
     
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    The EdS is like a graduate certificate, but on a grander scale. In the field of education (primary and secondary), it can hold significant weight. But....

    The difference between an EdS and and EdD is more than just the number of credits. A doctorate--in any field--is a significant departure from anything you've ever undertaken. It is rooted in original research (whether or not it makes a contribution to the scholarship in the field). The dissertation is completely different than even a master's thesis, which is often not a requirement for the MEd.
     
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    More like a CAGS; yet as you mention; its value is essentially limited to K-12 education.
     

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