Educational Leadership Ed.S.

Degree Requirements: 33 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements


  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 prerequisite educational leadership coursework (6 credit hours minimum) to include a course in school law and ethics and one organizational leadership course.
  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 passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Educational Assessment or another exam designated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) to replace this exam for use with the performance-based certification.
  5. 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. The statement must include whether Building or District Level Certification (or both) is being sought.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  7. Submit school/district endorsement and agreement for Residency at the Building or District level.
  8. Three years school/district experience prior to admission to the program.


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) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Concentration: School Administration, 33 Credit Hours

For Students Holding Level 5 (or NL-5) Certification and Seeking PL-6 Certification. The Program is administered through the Cohort Process, and the course sequence is prescribed and provided to candidates at orientation. The Residency is a performance-based internship, which is guided cooperatively by the university and the school/district partner.


Credit Hours
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
EDUR   8131Educational Statistics I3


Credit Hours
Research Core
EDLD   8839Directed Research in Educational Leadership 13
EDUR   8434Field-Based Educational Research (Prerequisite to EDLD   8839)3
Educational Leadership Residency Core
EDLD   8737Residency I 23
EDLD   8738Residency II 23
EDLD   8739Residency III 23
Educational Leadership Specialized Content
EDLD   8630Planning for Change 33
EDLD   8631Implementing Change 33
EDLD   8632Organizational Culture 33
EDLD   8633Curriculum and Instructional Leadership 33
EDLD   8634Managing Operations and Processes 33
EDLD   8635Leading School Renewal 33
Total Credit Hours33

The course is taken in the final semester.


On-site Performance-based Residency in a leadership position at either the building or district level. The Residency will span Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters as planned and directed by Beginning Leader Support Team.


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


Department of Leadership
Technology, and Human Development
Dr. Mohomodou Boncana
(912) 478-7576
Direct inquiries to
Fax: (912) 478-7104