Educational Leadership M.Ed.(Online)

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Completion of all program requirements leads to an M.Ed. as approved by Georgia Southern University's, Educational Leadership Tier 1 certification, and a Teacher Leader Endorsement as approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  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. 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. Acknowledge Disclosure and Affirmation questions within the application that address misconduct disclosure, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  6. Submit The Principal's Assurance Form.
  7. Submit a current resume or CV that highlights the personal and professional achievements of the applicant. Candidate must be employed in a P-12 school setting in order to complete required field experience hours.

  8. Submit a passing score on the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment.

Provisional Admission

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.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Leadership Professional Core Requirements21
Legal and Ethical Issues in School Leadership
Managing Human Capital
Finance for Educational Leaders
Politics of P-12 Public Education
Supervised Field Experience I
Supervised Field Experience II
Supervised Field Experience III
Teacher Leadership Endorsement Core Requirements9
Transformational School Leadership
Utilizing Data in Leadership
Developing Professional Learning Communities
Professional Education Core Requirements6
Learning, Cognition, and Curriculum
Educational Research
Total Credit Hours36

Other Program Requirements

  • 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 certification.

  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) Educational Leadership assessment.
  • All candidates must pass the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment prior to completion (if not completed for program admission).
  • Upon admission, candidates must claim Georgia Southern University as their provider. Candidates must log into their MyPSC account (https://mypsc.gapsc.org/Home.aspx.) and claim Georgia Southern University as their provider.

**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. **

Advisement

Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu