TROY Phenix City Campus adds non-thesis Education Specialist degree option

Posted: Tuesday, 23 March 2010

PHENIX CITY—Troy University has expanded its Education Specialist in Elementary Education graduate degree program at the Phenix City Campus to include a non-thesis option.

The program track was expanded to better meet the diverse needs of students, said Dr. Carolyn Russell, assistant professor of the education.

“We wanted to make this program accessible to a broader range of students, most of whom are working teachers,” Dr. Russell said.

The Education Specialist degree is a sixth-year certification program approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. Its purpose is to extend the expertise and further develop knowledge, competencies and skills of professionals holding master’s level certification.

The non-thesis option is identical to the thesis option except the thesis requirement is replaced by two additional courses—EDU 7760 - Leading for Learning in the School Environment and EDU 7757 - Practicum in Area of Specialization.

For more information about the Education Specialist program, contact Dr. Russell at 334-448-5174 or via email at