Educational Leadership Tier I Certification Only (Online)

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The Educational Leadership Tier I Certification-only Program provides a unique opportunity for P-12 educational leaders to further develop the skills necessary for school administrative positions through a rigorous performance-based coursework/ program. This program is designed for those who already possess an M.Ed.  This 18 credit hour program is administered through a cohort model, and the course sequence is prescribed and provided to candidates at orientation.  The 250 hours of clinical practice are job-embedded and performance-based throughout the program, and are guided cooperatively by the University and the school/district partner via Residence courses.

Admission Requirements for the 2018-2019 academic year, beginning fall 2018.

*Regular Admission

The applicant must meet the following Georgia Southern University Requirements:

  1. Complete requirements for a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess a Professional Level Four Certificate or higher in a teacher, service, or leadership.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.75 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work.
  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.
  6. Submit school/district leader assurance form.
  7. 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 to provide 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.
  8. 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).
  9. All candidates admitted to any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program, must have completed (do not have to pass) the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment- Program Entry (Test 370) prior to becoming enrolled.

Admission Deadlines

Fall Spring Summer
Final Deadline July 15* Does not admit Does not admit

*The application and all ​​required documents must be received by the deadline. If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Other Program Requirements-Georgia PSC 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
  2. 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.

**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.




Last updated: 3/8/2018

Educational Leadership • PO Box 8083 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-1447 •