Educational Leadership M.Ed.

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements


  1. Complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess a Professional Level Four Certificate or higher in a teacher, service, or leadership field.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.75 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. 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).
  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.
  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 leader assurance form.
  8. 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 opportunities 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.
  9. 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).
  10. All candidates admitted to any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program 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.
  11. 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) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Concentration: Educational Leadership

36 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
Leadership Professional Core Requirements18
EDLD   7531Legal and Ethical Issues in School Leadership 13
EDLD   7532Managing Human Capital 13
EDLD   7539Finance for Educational Leaders3
EDLD   7540Politics of P-12 Public Education3
EDLD   7737Supervised Field Experience I3
EDLD   7738Supervised Field Experience II3
Teacher Leadership Endorsement Core Requirements9
EDLD   7530Transformational School Leadership3
EDLD   7535Utilizing Data in Leadership3
EDLD   7536Developing Professional Learning Communities3
Professional Education Core Requirements9
EDUF   7140Learning, Cognition, and Curriculum3
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
EDUR   8131Educational Statistics I3
Total Credit Hours36

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 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. 


Graduate Academic Services Center (GASC)
Ms. Lydia Cross
P.O. Box 8083
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-1447
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