The program was created in the late 1980s to address graduate education needs of professional educators beyond the master’s degree but outside the doctorate. The Department anticipated the state of South Carolina adopting a certification category of Educational Specialist in place of the Master’s plus 30. The program was viable in the 1990s, in part because Georgia and North Carolina included the EdS as a certification category, but over time fewer South Carolina teachers participated in the program and when out of state teachers we not allowed to enroll at the Certified Teacher Rate enrollments plummeted. The South Carolina Reading Initiative included the EdS between 2003 and 2007 in its professional development work and with state subsidized tuition the degree was viable. Since all subsidizes disappeared, the enrollments dropped below 10 and in 2008 the department suspended admissions. Today the Ed.D. degree serves as a means to provided advanced and post-master’s preparation for professional educators, so the department has determined the EdS is no longer viable and should be terminated permanently.