Educational Leadership, Ed.S.


The Specialist in Educational Leadership designed to further develop leaders for school or system-level administrative positions. You will build your knowledge and skill level not only through course work but through a year-long Residency (performance-based internship). The Residency is guided cooperatively by the University and the school/district partner. Upon completion of all Ed.S. Educational Leadership requirements, you will be eligible for the Renewable Level-6 Certificate in Leadership.

If you wish to gain leadership certification, but who do not wish to earn a Specialist degree you can enroll using the Non-Degree PL-6 Certification-Only option. Upon completion of all Non-Degree PL-6 requirements, you will be eligible for the Renewable Level-6 Certificate in Leadership.

Program Contact Information:
Graduate Academic Services Center
Email: gasc@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: (912) 478-1447
Ed.S. Regular Admission Requirements
Concentration in School Administration
1. Complete requirements for a Master’s degree or higher in Educational Leadership from a regionally accredited institution, OR Complete requirements for a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in an education field other than educational leadership (or other GaPSC accepted non-education field as per GaPSC rule 505-2-.300 Educational Leadership) AND successfully complete educational leadership coursework (6 semester hours minimum) to include a course in school law and ethics and one other course to be selected from organizational leadership, school finance, human resources, or teaching and learning with a focus on using data in the school improvement process.
2. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
3. Present current official report of scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
4. Possess or be eligible for the Professional Level Five Certificate or equivalent in Educational Leadership. (School Administration Concentration only)
5. Present a passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Educational Leadership Assessment or another exam designated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) to replace this exam for use with performance-based certification. (School Administration Concentration only)
6. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations. For School Administration, the statement must include whether Building or District Level Certification (or both) is being sought.
7. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
8. Submit school/district endorsement and agreement for Residency at the Building or District level. (School Administration Concentration only)
9. Three years school/district experience prior to admission to the program. (School Administration Concentration only)
Educational Leadership, Ed.S. Admissions Deadlines
Degree Fall Spring Summer
Ed.S. Educational Leadership July 15 Does not admit Does not admit

Last updated: 2/9/2017

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