Lincoln Memorial University

Educational Specialist

To inquire about this program:
Kay Lewis| 800.325.0900, ext. 7068 |
Veronika Dillow| 800.325.0900, ext. 7057 | 

Program Information

The Educational Specialist degree program is a 30-semester hour program designed to extend and expand the student's level of professional competence beyond that attained through the master's level program, to bring the student up to date on matters relevant to the field of specialization, to enable the student to read and understand research in the field of specialization, to apply relevant research findings to professional activities, to stimulate the student to assume a leadership role in the specialty, and to prepare the student in that role. Students may transfer in a maximum of six (6) credit hours toward degree requirements.

Programs are available in the following:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Educational Leadership

Applicants must hold a master's degree from an accredited institution.

*The Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, and Instructional Leadership concentrations are hybrid design programs.

Program Design

Lincoln Memorial University offers EdS classes at the following extended campus sites:

Kingsport, TN (Kingsport Center for Higher Education)
Knoxville, TN (Cedar Bluff)
Harrogate, TN (on-campus program, 55 miles north of Knoxville)
Chattanooga, TN (Chattanooga State Community College location, at: 4501 Amnicola Hwy Chattanooga, TN 37406)

EdS classes are organized as cohort groups which begin in August of each year and complete their coursework in August of the following year. Classes meet on Saturdays, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., once a month during the school year and twice a month during the summer. The morning class meets from 8-11 a.m, and the afternoon class meets from noon-3 p.m. The schedule may vary an additional 30-45 minutes some sessions.

Saturday Class Meetings


  Saturday Cohort A - Chattanooga & Harrogate Saturday Cohort B - Cedar Bluff & Kingsport
Aug 19, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 11, Dec. 2 Aug 12, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 2
Jan 20, Feb 3, Mar 17, Apr 14, April 28 Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, April 28
May 19, June 9, June 23, July 7 May 19, June 16, June 30, July 14

There are two majors available in the Ed.S. Program: Instructional Leadership (IL) or Curriculum and Instruction (CI). These areas are designated primarily for practitioners in K-12 schools. The licensure track is available for the IL major for Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia educators. This track demands specific courses and activities which are not required for the CI major. In addition, the School Leaders Licensure Assessment Test is required for Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina students, seeking administrator licensure. 



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423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752