Educational Leadership

Performance-Based Leadership

Program Description

The Educational Specialist (EDS) in Educational Leadership is a professional degree program for qualified candidates who do not have a specialist or doctoral degree and who are pursuing clear, renewable leadership certification in Georgia (PL-6).  The “Certification Only” program is for candidates who already possess an EDS or EDD, but do not have leadership certification.

A “Performance Based” Residency Program

Unlike “traditional” programs, the all of coursework in the performance-based leadership program occurs in the candidate’s school.  Each candidate has an individualized leadership plan, which is negotiated each semester between university faculty, the candidate, and a school-identified mentor.  These plans identify authentic, meaningful projects that the candidate will complete within the school and on which he or she will demonstrate mastery of course material.  All eighteen (18) hours of the “certificate only” program are performed in residency.

Program of Study

Residency Courses (18 hours)
EDL 8300:
Intercultural Communication and Global Learning
EDL 8810:
Vision and Governance
EDL 8820:
Managing the Physical Environment
EDL 8830:
Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
EDL 8840:
Professional Learning
EDL 8850:
Managing Human Resources
EDL 8860:
Transition Between Building and System Levels (Optional)

Admission Requirements
  1. Partnership Agreement between KSU and Candidate’s School District or Charter/Independent School (a list of current partnerships is located on the Department of Educational Leadership’s website)
  2. Agreement that District or Independent School to “support” Candidate in this program (this differs by institution – please check with your human resources department or administration)
  3. Complete a program application
  4. Hold a master’s degree – or higher – in a professional education or related field
  5. Have a minimum of four (4) years of teaching or administrative experience
  6. No GRE required
  7. Hold a leadership “position” or “role” (as defined by your District or Independent/Charter school)
  8. Hold a master’s degree in educational leadership OR current Georgia leadership certification (L), OR complete a six (6) hour PSC-approved “leadership preservice.”

How long does this program take to complete?
18 Credit Hours which take about 3 semesters.

How much does this program cost?
Approximately $2500 per semester for 2 classes

Are independent/charter school educators eligible for this program?
Absolutely!  As of October 2011, KSU has partnerships allowing us to offer this program at fifty-three (53) of Georgia’s independent and charter schools – and the list continues to expand.

Will I really complete the majority of this program – literally – in my school?

What is the “leadership preservice?”
The “leadership preservice” is a six (6) credit hours  program designed for educators with graduate degrees in a field other than educational leadership, but who wish to enroll in performance-based educational specialist programs.  Upon completion of the online “leadership preservice,” these educators are eligible to apply for an EDS program in educational leadership.


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