Master of Education - Educational Leadership

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

The Educational Leadership Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Program is a fully online 30-credit graduate program designed to prepare Educational Leadership (EDLD) candidates for Stage I initial leadership positions that include P-12 school-level assistant principals or the equivalent, or other Local Unit of Administration (LUA) staff who do not supervise principals pursuant to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Educational Leadership Preparation Rule (Rule 505-3-.77). Students must be currently employed in a K-12 setting and possess a Professional Level Four Certificate or higher in a leadership, teacher, service or related field.

Embedded within this program is Tier I Leadership Certification, which may be taken independently as an 18-credit Tier I Educational Leadership Certificate-Only pathway for those who already possess an M.Ed., as well as a 9-credit Teacher-Leader Endorsement (TLE). The M.Ed. Educational Leadership program provides a unique opportunity for K12 educational leaders to further develop the skills necessary for school administrative positions through a rigorous performance-based coursework resulting in a master’s degree as well as certification, with certification conferred via the GaPSC. 

The program is administered through the cohort model, and the course sequence is prescribed and provided to candidates upon admission. The 250 required 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 supervised field experience courses. The curriculum is based on an inquiry approach that emphasizes foundation knowledge and skills, including research skills applicable to a multitude of education topics and issues and is intended to enhance current and future educational leaders’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Admissions Information

  1. Complete the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess a Georgia 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. Click here to view the 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 setting in order to complete required field experience hours.
  8. Submit a passing score on the state-required Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment.
  9. Provisional Admission
  10. 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.
  11. *International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES-accredited evaluation service and must be a course-by-course evaluation and include a GPA. (
  12. **It is important to note that admission to and completion of Tier 1 leadership certification 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. **
  13. Other Program Requirements
  14. 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.
  15. Passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) Educational Leadership assessment.
  16. 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 and claim Georgia Southern University as their provider.

State Authorization and Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The Master of Education - Educational Leadership program leads to Professional Licensure.

Not all programs are available to residents in all states. Please check the institution's State Authorization and Professional Licensure website(s) to ensure you reside in an authorized state. Georgia Southern University's Professional License Disclosure

Program Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Georgia Professional Standards Commission