• Coursework addresses advanced knowledge and skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum that promotes student learning. 
  • Conduct field-based research that is aligned with area of certification 


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Laura Rychly, EdD
Program Coordinator

Lakeisha Thigpen
Admission and Certification Coordinator



The Education Specialist (Ed. S.) with a Major in Advanced Educational Studies prepares educators to serve in curriculum and instruction roles in P-12 educational settings. The program consists of 30 semester hours and is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. All content coursework reflects existing certification areas held by the applicant. 

Integrated into coursework are field assignments that are completed in a variety of educational settings and grade levels. Candidates complete an electronic portfolio in addition to the Ed. S. coursework to demonstrate their ability with the conceptual framework principles of the College of Education. 

Coursework is delivered through face to face, online, and/or hybrid class meetings.


Educators who hold a Master’s Degree or higher and a standard professional teaching certificate at Level 5 or higher may pursue this degree. 

Success Stories

Shikara Willis

"I have to say, when I was selected as Teacher of the Year for C.T. Walker, I was really humbled because there are so many of the teachers here who give the very best that we have and we work hard together as a team for the benefit of the children. Then, to be one of the finalists in the county, that was just the icing on the cake."

Richmond County Teacher of the Year 2022: Shikara Willis >>


Ameesha Butler

Ameesha Butler is also a proud “triple Jag,” having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in education and an Educational Specialist in Advanced Educational Studies degree, all from Augusta University.

Columbia County Teacher of the Year 2022: Ameesha Butler >>


Jessica Jenkins


Jessica Jenkins gives back to her school community through the gift of reading and writing. Learn about how she is making an impact.

Read Jessica's story >>