M.Ed. Educational Leadership (P-12)

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 (please see the program of study). 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).

*Admission Requirements:


  • Complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Possess a Professional Level Four Certificate or higher in a teacher, service, or leadership field.
  • Present a cumulative 2.75 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  • Present official report of scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
  • 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.
  • Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  • Submit school/district leader assurance form: Principal Assurance Form
  • Candidate’s lLocal 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 to 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.
  • Candidates must claim Georgia Southern University as their provider. Please log 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 on or after July 1, for fall term 2016, must have completed (do not have to pass) the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment- Program Entry (Test 370) prior to becoming enrolled.
  • 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.



Last updated: 11/9/2016

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