Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

33 Semester Hours

(For Students Holding Level 5 Certification and Seeking Level 6 Certification)

Advising: Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Inquiries: Graduate Academic Services Center, (912) 478-1447,

This program provides a unique opportunity for educational leaders to further develop the skills necessary for school administrative positions through a rigorous performance-based coursework/program. The 5-semester program is administered through a cohort process, providing a cooperative learning environment as well as a unique opportunity for students to network with educators in a variety of leadership and administrative positions.

We keep our classes relatively small to give ample opportunity for personalized instruction and discussion. We understand that furthering your education is just one part of your busy life and that work, home and family are also important to you. But we also want you to get the most out of your College of Education experience. That is why we have created a flexible, hybrid program to help meet your needs. One-third of your classes for each course are in the evening at Georgia Southern’s campus; one-third are online; and finally, you complete your program requirements with an onsite residency component and an action research study.

Why should you pursue an Education Specialist degree? An Ed.S. prepares you for a career in leadership in P-12 instruction at the departmental, school, district, regional and state levels. The curriculum is performance-based and includes a residency component that is tailored to develop and enhance the competencies required to fulfill the student’s career goals. But don’t take our word for it. Read about what some of our students – those currently in the program and those who are now Soaring Higher with their Ed.S. — are saying about our Education Specialist program.

The following information provides the admissions requirements and course sequencing. Use the links below to find out about our program of study, program requirements and how to apply for your Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree or certification-only programs.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following Georgia Southern University requirements:

  1. Complete requirements for a Master’s degree or higher in Educational Leadership from a regionally accredited institution.
  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. 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.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  6. Three years school/district experience prior to admission to the program.
  7. Submit school/district endorsement and agreement for Residency at the Building or District level. (Superintendent’s Assurance Form/ Residency Agreement).
  8. Hold a valid GaPSC Tier 1 Educational Leadership Certificate or the equivalent (a valid GaPSC-issued Standard Professional L or PL certificate in Educational Leadership) and are employed in a current leadership position.

GaPSC Requirements:

Tier II of the Educational Leadership preparation program must be completed through an Ed.S. or Certification-only program. Admission is open to any individual who meets the Georgia Southern University and GaPSC requirements and providing that the candidate’s local Unit of Administration (LUA) has entered into an agreement with Georgia Southern University that outlines the agreements related to Tier II Leadership preparation. Said agreement must state that the LUA and school agree to allow candidates to complete 750 hours of clinical practice (supervised field experiences) 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.

All applicants must present passing scores on the Educational Leadership Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®), Test 301, Georgia’s state-approved education leader certification assessment program, prior to program enrollment.

All candidates must claim Georgia Southern University as their provider, which may be done by logging into your myPSC account (  This must be completed prior to signing up for the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment- Program Entry (Test 370).

All candidates admitted to any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program for fall term 2016, must have completed (does not have to pass) the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment- Program Entry (Test 370) prior to becoming enrolled. A candidate who completes this program entry requirement (Test 370) for Tier I, does not have to complete Test 370 for Tier II. Official documentation will be required.

All candidates completing any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program on or after July 1, 2016, must attempt 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.

Per the GaPSC Educator Preparation Rule 505-3-.77, the ETS Performance-Based Assessment for School Leaders will be used as a certification requirement for Educational Leadership Tier II.

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

 **Pending PSC approval**
  • Leadership Prerequisites for Ed.S. Degree Program and Certification-only Program for candidates who do not hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration. See #1 above:

EDLD 7530 – Democracy-centered Leadership (3)
EDLD 7531 – Legal & Ethical Issues (3)

  • Additional Prerequisites for EdS Degree Program (not Certification only):

EDUR 7130 – Educational Research (3)
EDUR 8131 – Educational Statistics I (3)

Program of Study

For students holding Tier 1 Educational Leadership Certification and seeking Tier II Educational Leadership Certification.  The Program is a Fall Admission Program which is administered through the Cohort Process, and the course sequence is prescribed and provided to candidates at orientation.  The 750 required hours of clinical practice are embedded throughout coursework, and are guided cooperatively by the university and school/district partner. Candidates should follow the Program of Study as prescribed here:

Semester I (Fall)………………….6 Hours

EDLD 8235 – Engaging Stakeholders in School Improvement (3) *

EDLD 8737 – Residency I (3)

Semester II (Spring)…………………6 Hours

EDLD 8231 – Planning, Instruction, and Assessment through Transformational Leadership (3) *
EDLD 8236 – Managing Operations for Viability (3)

Semester III (Summer)………….9 Hours

EDLD 8233 – Cultivating School Climate (3) *

EDLD 8234 – Building Instructional Capacity (3) *
EDLD 8738 – Residency II (3)

Semester IV (Fall)……………………….6 Hours

EDLD 8230 – Instructional Leadership (3) *

EDUR 8434 – Field-Based Educational Research (3) (a meeting with your advisor to discuss your topic for the research project is required prior to enrollment in this course)

Semester V (Spring)………………..6 Hours

EDLD 8232 – Leading Human Capital

EDLD 8839 – Directed Research in Educational Leadership (3)

* A Key Assessment will be a major component of this course’s requirements.

Links to forms and other related information.

Last updated: 11/28/2016

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