Education Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction

The Curriculum & Instruction Educational Specialist (CIES) in is a fully online program designed for candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve as curriculum specialists at the classroom, department, building, or system level, among other roles. Graduates of the program might find they are suited to positions where they support teachers as they improve their curricula and instructional strategies, lead assessment efforts at the district or state levels, or guide efforts to integrate new curricula and pedagogical approaches in classrooms. For example, curriculum specialists might assist with new approaches to teaching; model instructional strategies; support differentiation and lesson planning; oversee analysis of student data, and much more. Candidates complete 15 credit hours of advanced curriculum-focused coursework and six credit hours focused on deepening pedagogical knowledge in their content area of certification and broadening their P-12 expertise. Furthermore, they develop research skills to conduct field research in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and instructional program evaluation.


  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Copy of Georgia Teaching Certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent - To print a copy of your Georgia certification, you may log onto
    • The Department of Curriculum & Instruction recognizes and appreciates that many independent schools and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification. In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator’s qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document your statement of purpose for wanting the degree, education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service activities in which you have participated, and record of any leadership activities. Resume MUST reflect, at least, THREE years of professional teaching and/or administrative experience prior to admission.
  • Professional Reflection Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. 1-2 pages documenting your professional training and interest, educational beliefs, professional goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree at KSU.
  • Two Evaluations - Evaluations from two sources who can address your teaching ability, commitment to the education of all learners, and potential success as a graduate student.
  • Mentor Form - Complete the Mentor Commitment Form and upload into the online application.
  • Interview – An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview.

International Applicants Only: Please visit the Graduate International Admissions page for additional requirements:


This program accepts applications for Fall semesters only.

  • Term
  • Fall 
    July 1st

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.


Graduate Programs in Education
Program Office: (470) 632-2775 or
Program Website: