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Educational Leadership, M.Ed

About the Program

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership Graduate Degree Program is designed to prepare Educational Leadership (EDLD) candidates for entry-level P-12 school leadership positions. The M.Ed. Program is a 36 graduate credit hour program administered through twelve required courses. Embedded in the Leadership Professional Core, the Teacher-Leader Core, and the Supervised Field Experience are a total of 250 clinical practice and field experience hours, which are guided cooperatively by the University and the school/district partner.

The curriculum is based on an inquiry approach that emphasizes foundation knowledge and skills, including research skills applicable to a multitude of education topics and issues, and is intended to enhance current and future educational leaders’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

The program is open to P-12 educators currently holding school-level positions below the principal and district positions that do not supervise principals. In addition, this program leads to leadership certification at the Tier I level, which is administered by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) under its two-tiered Educational Leadership Preparation rule (Rule 505-3-.77).

Program Contact Information

Graduate Academic Services Center

Admission Requirements

1.Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  1. Possess a Professional Level Four Certificate or higher in a teacher, service, or leadership field.
  2. Present a cumulative 2.75 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
    4.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.
  3. Complete “Disclosure and Affirmation questions” that address misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  4. Submit school /district leader assurance form.
  5. Candidate’s local Unit of Administration (LUA) is required to have entered into an agreement with Georgia Southern University that outlines the agreements related to Tier I Leadership preparation. Said agreement must state that the LUA and school agree to allow candidates to complete 250 hours of clinical practice (Supervised Field Experience) and provides supporting documents, as well as access to opportunities to lead and participate in leadership functions as appropriate for completion of leadership performances. Additional requirements are listed below; additionally, candidates must comply with any rule changes and/or additions instituted by the GaPSC affecting Educational Leadership certification.
  6. Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics for Educational Leadership assessment (Test 380 can satisfy this requirement ).

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Other Program Requirements

  1. Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®), Test #301. Georgia’s state-
    approved educator certification assessment program, prior to program completion.
  2. All candidates completing any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program on or after July 1, 2016, must pass
    the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership-Program Exit (Test 380) prior to completion and must pass the
    assessment to earn certification in the field of Educational Leadership.
  3. Candidates must claim Georgia Southern University as their provider. Candidates must log into their MyPSC account
    ( and claim Georgia Southern University as their provider.
  4. All candidates admitted to any GaPSC approved Educational Leadership program must have passed the Georgia
    Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment Program Entry (Test 370) prior to completion and must pass the
    assessment to earn certification in the field of Educational Leadership.

**It is important to note that admission to and completion of Tier 1 does not ensure employment in a leadership position. Under state law, completion of an approved Tier 1 program will not lead to additional pay until employed by a Local Unit of Administration (LUA) in a leadership position that requires Tier 1 certification. **

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.



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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 11/11/2020