Specialist of Education (Ed.S/Tier-II) Degree in Educational Leadership

Augusta University
Degree Level Education Specialist
Total Credit Hours 30-48

Program Description

The Specialist of Education (M.Ed.) in Leadership with a concentration in School Administration is available as a completely online program at Augusta University. The performance-based program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate credit.

The degree may be completed in three consecutive semesters. Educators who complete the program will be eligible for Tier Two Leadership Certification in the State of Georgia.

Candidates in the online program will be provided opportunities to link practice to theoretical and philosophical frameworks of educational leadership in the context of practice.

Note: If you live outside the state of Georgia please verify that the online program is authorized in the state you reside.

Extended Ed.S in Educational Leadership

The Extended Ed.S. in Educational Leadership is a 48-hour performance-based program for educators who hold a Master's degree in non-leadership fields and currently in leadership positions and seeking to seamlessly continue into the Ed.S/Tier II Leadership program after completing an integrated Tier I program during the early stage of the program.

Admissions Information

General Admissions Requirements / Information

All applicants must possess a valid, level 5 or higher, Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, Leadership certificate, Service Field certificate, or Life certificate.

Minimum Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Master's degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program.

GPA: Minimum 3.0 GPA at the Master’s level (Masters need not be in education but must be in a related field identified and from an accredited institution) calculated on all graduate work attempted in which letter grades were awarded.

Application Requirements

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to graduateadmissions@augusta.edu.

Recommendations: From three individuals are required. Referees should be professionals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic, employment, research and/or clinical experiences, and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment: Candidates enrolled in Educational Leadership programs, such as Augusta University’s Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, must complete the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (380) prior to enrollment. If a candidate does not have Tier One Certification in Georgia, evidence of completing this assessment is required.

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. All applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to graduateadmissions@augusta.edu.

Background Check: A clear criminal background record is required.

Liability Insurance: Applicants must have the required liability insurance (2-year minimum).

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges