The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) is an intermediate degree between the masters and the doctorate. It emphasizes the development of competencies needed for a specific type of professional specialization. Candidates pursuing an Ed.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization on Reading and Literacy Education work with a faculty adviser to plan a program of study that meets their needs and professional goals and that fulfills the requirements of the UF Graduate School, the College of Education, the School of Teaching and Learning, and Reading and Literacy Education.