The Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership provides candidates with the content knowledge and credentials necessary to effectively lead schools, districts and, multi-million dollar organizations providing professional educational services. Applicants accepted into the program beginning in the summer of 2016, completing all degree requirements, will be eligible for a GaPSC Tier I Leadership Certification. For those with a M.Ed. in a teaching field, we also offer an eighteen (18) hour certification only option.
The M.Ed. is a thirty-six (36) hour program that is typically completed in six (6) semesters (spring/summer/fall) over two (2) years. Two of the degree concentrations - Leadership in Urban Schools and Leading Independent and Charter Schools - are available in a fully online format. The other concentration, Coaching for Performance (which also leads to a GaPSC approved endorsement) is delivered through a face to face format.
The M.Ed., as of summer 2016, leads to a clear renewable Tier I leadership certification in Georgia, and is fully approved by the Georgia Standards Commission. Candidates earning the degree who move to states in which leadership certification is also conferred at the MED level may be eligible for professional licensure in that state through reciprocity.
The program is highly professionally oriented, and candidates for the program are expected to currently be employed in a professional role in an organization providing professional educational services (e.g., school, regional educational service agency, department of education). Field activities accompany the semester’s work to provide synthesis of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for today’s educational leader. At the conclusion of the program, candidates will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to lead schools to higher levels of achievement for all students.
While the master's degree in educational leadership is a meaningful step toward successful leadership for all educators, ours is particularly beneficial to those in non-traditional educational environments, such as public charter and independent schools, with quality leadership in those schools being one of our concentration areas. In the past three years, approximately half the students completing the MED in Educational Leadership have been from the public charter or independent school sectors.
For additional questions, please email the Program Coordinator, Dr. Albert Jimenez, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 classes per semester for
6 semesters or 2 years
12 classes = 36 hours
Tier I Certification Only Option at a Glance
EDL 7101 Critical Analysis of Policy, Theory, and Praxis for Educational Leaders
EDL 7201 Leading Curriculum and Assessment
EDL 7205 Leading 21st Century Teaching and Learning
EDL 7301 Research and Analytics to Lead School Improvement
EDL 7315 Data Analysis School Leaders
EDL 7401 Instructional Leadership for Learning & Change
EDL 7415 Human Resources, Law, and Ethics for school leaders
EDL 7601 School Operations and Organizational Management
EDL 7615 Communication and community relations for school leaders
All candidates must select and complete at least one (1) concentration
(9 hrs. yields a PSC Approved Coaching Endorsement)
EDCO 7010 Introduction to Coaching
EDCO 7020 Using Data for Coaching
EDCO 7030 Applied Coaching
EDL7700 Leadership in Urban Schools I
EDL 7701 Leadership in Urban Schools II
EDL 7880 Practicum (3 hours)
EDL 7800 Financial Management and Leadership
EDL 7801 Institutional Advancement and Governance
EDL 7880 Practicum (3 hours)
Who enrolls in this program?
The “typical” student in a master’s degree program in educational leadership is an educator deeply committed to leading schools. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership leads to clearly renewable Tier I Leadership Certification, and is an excellent preparation for the performance-based leadership educational specialist. Degree candidates have indicated their belief that the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership makes them more attractive candidates for school leadership positions. Additionally, many of our students are in or pursuing leadership positions in non-traditional autonomous schools (independent or public charter) in which a M.Ed. may be all that is required for leadership.
Is this program PSC approved?
Yes! The master’s degree in educational leadership is a state-approved program that, upon completing all degree requirements, leads to a renewable Tier I Leadership Certification in Georgia. As a state-approved program, the M.Ed. may, through reciprocity, yield leadership certification in states that also award that certification at master’s degree level. If you have questions, please check with the certification office of the state in which you are interested.
Deadline for Applications
Spring, November 1 Summer, April 1 Fall, July 1
For more information please call (470) 578-6888 or email email@example.com.