Educational Leadership in Education (M.Ed.)

and Tier I Leadership Certification Only Option

Program Description 

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 ajimen17@kennesaw.edu.

MED at a Glance 

36 Credit Hours

Length:
2 classes per semester for
6 semesters or 2 years
12 classes = 36 hours


  • Fully Online (Leadership in Urban Schools and Leading Independent and Charter Schools Concentrations) 
  • Nine of Twelve Courses Fully Online, Three Face to Face for Coaching for Performance Concentration
  • Thirty-six (36) hours
  • Typically Completed in 2 Years, Taking 2 Courses Per Semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

Tier I Certification Only Option at a Glance

  • Fully Online (No concentration required)
  • Eighteen (18) hours
  • Typically Completed in 1 Year, Taking 2 Courses Per Semester
  • Required courses for this option are EDL 7201, EDL 7301, EDL 7315, EDL 7401, EDL 7415, and EDL 7601

Core Courses (27 hours)

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
 

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

All candidates must select and complete at least one (1) concentration

Coaching for Performance Option (27 hours)

(9 hrs. yields a PSC Approved Coaching Endorsement)
EDCO 7010   Introduction to Coaching
EDCO 7020   Using Data for Coaching
EDCO 7030   Applied Coaching

Leadership in Urban Schools Option(9 hours)

EDL7700   Leadership in Urban Schools I
EDL 7701   Leadership in Urban Schools II
EDL 7880   Practicum (3 hours)

Leading Independent & Charter Schools Option (9 hours)

EDL 7800   Financial Management and Leadership                   
EDL 7801   Institutional Advancement and Governance     
EDL 7880   Practicum (3 hours)

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or Master’s degree for certification only)
  • Employment role in an organization providing educational services
  • 2.75 GPA in bachelor's degree coursework or most recent graduate degree
  • Professionally qualified supervisor to serve as a mentor during the program
  • GRE or MAT required
  • Transcripts from each college attended
  • 2 Years of Teaching Experience
  • Professional Resume
  • Reference and Mentor Forms (online)
  • GACE Ethics Entry Exam (must pass)
 
 

FAQs

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

Downloads
MED Educational Leadership Flyer
Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6888 or email edldepartment@kennesaw.edu