Kennesaw State awards first specialist in education degrees during summer commencement

Kennesaw State University celebrated its summer commencement July 29−30‚ where it graduated its first class of Specialist in Education in Leadership for Learning candidates and said farewell to a long−time dean.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Aug 4, 2008) — Kennesaw State University graduated its first class of Specialist in Education in Leadership for Learning candidates July 30‚ marking a milestone in the university’s first doctoral program.

Completion of the specialist degree‚ an Ed.S.‚ is a significant step for the 27 students pursuing the university's first doctoral degrees and represents completion of 33 of the 75 hours — 44 percent — necessary for a doctoral degree.

“The Ed.S. is the doctoral degree without the advanced research‚ doctoral seminar or dissertation‚” said Harriet Bessette‚ associate professor in the department of inclusive education.

“We embedded the Ed.S. in this program because we knew there were probably going to be some students who found the Ed.S. degree served them best.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit