Certificate in Educational Leadership, Tier I

Georgia State University
Degree Level Certificate
Total Credit Hours 18 semester hours, 300 clinical hours
Per Credit Hour Cost Get information on the per credit hour cost. See Website

Program Description

The online Tier I Educational Leadership Certificate program is for those with an education-related master’s degree who are passionate about leading and ready to take the next step towards becoming an entry-level leader in a school or school district such as an assistant principal. The courses introduce students to educational leadership theory and practice. Students participate in 300 hours of varied leadership experiences supported by a school or district mentor in addition to completing advanced coursework. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a program certificate from the Board of Regents and will be eligible to apply to the Professional Standards Commission for a Tier I Educational Leadership add-on certificate.

Admissions Information

When applying to the Educational Leadership Tier 1 Online Certification, Non-Degree, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with application – please address each of the following items in your goal statement)

    What are your reasons for applying to Georgia State’s Tier 1 leadership program?

    One major part of the Tier I program is logging 300 hours of clinical leadership experience. This requires you to assume leadership positions in your school and/or district. You will be responsible for working with a mentor to identify and participate in these experiences.

    Describe how you will be able to complete those hours.
  • Resume (upload with application)
  • Applicant must identify a mentor who currently holds leadership certification in Georgia and will need to complete the following agreement form. Once the agreement form has been completed by both parties, the applicant should upload the signed agreement to their application under the MISC documents section.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one letter of recommendation must be from a school leader who supervises/evaluates you and the second letter can be from either the mentor leader or an educational professional who can give evidence of your leadership skills)
  • Applicant must have three years of experience in a K-12 school setting (upload teaching certificate to application) and meet certification requirements in Georgia
  • Official Transcript(s): minimum 3.25 graduate GPA required for admission (must hold a master’s, specialist, or doctoral level degree

Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to

Georgia State University

Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

In order to meet certification requirements for educational leadership in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

  • Georgia Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership

State Authorization and Professional Licensure Disclaimer

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.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges