What is an online EdS program?

How does the online EdS program fit into the traditional scheme of Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctors degree programs...or does it? I am a part-time, volunteer GED tutor. A student had questions about this EdS degree. He wanted to know how to take online classes for it. It is “Education Specialist,” isn’t it? What kind of people, in terms of previous training, career plans, etc., go in for online distance learning? What can we learn from online education statistics?

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Ramon Kelly on July 31, 2018

The University of Iowa describes its 36-semester-hour EdS online programs as in between masters’ and doctors’ degrees. Education Specialists may specialize in psychology, administration, curriculum design, etc. Some states require school counselors to have EdS specialized in psychology.

(Web searches have been known to confuse the EdS with the British PGCE, also a new in-between certification; the PGCE is closer to an associate’s degree.)

Looking up education statistics online is one way of pursuing an online education. According to web sites like onlinelearningconsortium.org, as recently as 2015, about half of all college courses were expected to be taught online by 2019; as of 2017, only about one out of four college students had taken a course online. Even top-rated courses like the University of Georgia’s EdS program, entirely online, are growing slowly compared with expectations. Most advanced degrees now require some online work and sources like Joe Kitterman anticipate that, increasingly, distance learning online will be the way employed adults pursue further education. < https://www.onlinedegrees.com/tennessee.html >.

Traditional distance learning situations, like research scientists pursuing PhDs online on weekends at research stations on Antarctica, are only a minority these days. Classes offered via the Internet are growing, due to students’ demand for more flexible, affordable courses and employers’ demand that students be familiar with Internet technology. Someone who knows how to take an online class can place or fill orders, process payments, or look up information online. Even students in residence at universities will probably take some of their classes online. Most colleges have an online catalog; for every school like Louisiana State University (Alexandria) there’s “LSUAOnline.”

You can update your own education online; doing so will help you guide students through a successful online learning program. Most colleges have computer labs where you can do anything from taking software tutorials through completing an online MBA. You might take easy online classes like drawing, or audit a free “fun” course offered by a major university. (Tip: although things like Harvard Online’s “Pyramids of Giza” are offered to the world as non-credit fun courses, they’re taught as real, for-credit courses. Expect to work.) Once you’ve learned how to use web pages, and especially payment forms, you too can earn an advanced degree online.

Caroline Campbell20 days ago

In any kind of online distance learning, honesty is crucial. By doing the research about which online courses are accredited, transferable, or recognized, some people have been able to put together even an advanced degree program for free. It’s important that people don’t ruin this by trying to take advantage of the system. Go ahead and pay $50 for a Stanford Online certificate in French Poetry for your poodle, if you really want to do that, but please don’t try to hire somebody to earn a certificate in Business Ethics for you. People who do that kind of thing always get caught.

Why is it that when somebody plagiarizes a doctoral dissertation, nobody says “This proves that writing dissertations is bad, or doctorates are bad,” but if the same person cheats in an online program, some people say “This proves that distance learning is bad”? Because it’s new. That’s all.


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