Ed.S. Teacher Leadership

This program is not accepting applications (or active) at this time.

Program Description

The Educational Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership (Ed.S.) at Kennesaw State
University is a professional degree program for currently practicing educators in
Georgia. The program is a 33 hour program, and is delivered in an online format. The
Ed.S. program’s focus on adult learning strategies, family and school collaboration, peer
coaching and research prepares candidates for instructional leadership. Course
assignments including a residency project and research are in done in KSU partner
schools. Upon admission into the Teacher Leadership Program, partnership
agreements with schools and KSU must be on file and documented. Assignments and
field work are done to prepare candidates for the Teacher Leadership GACE exam.
Candidates are required to take the Teacher Leadership GACE exam before completing
the program. Program graduates will earn the initial certification in Teacher Leadership
offered through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (Ga-PSC) upon
successful completion of the program.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Teacher Leadership Program has courses that emphasize leadership in the
    classroom and the community. Many candidates interested in this program are wishing
    to become program and instructional leaders and coaches at their workplaces. The
    program provides opportunities for teachers to strengthen their knowledge and skills in
    working with other teachers, families and community leaders in the areas of research
    and instruction. Candidates who graduate from the Teacher Leadership program go on
    to become instructional coaches, curriculum leaders, educational research team
    leaders, program leaders, instructional advocates and mentor teachers in their work
    environments. Many candidates want to remain in the classroom or work closely with
    teachers in their classrooms. Persons interested in becoming a school administrator,
    principal, school district superintendent may want to apply to the Educational
    Leadership program. This program may have courses that focus on school
    administration, organization and management of educational programs and leadership
    at the administration level.

  • Teacher Leadership candidates at KSU are working towards earning initial certification
    in Teacher Leadership through the Georgia PSC. As a part of this work, the Teacher
    Leadership Program requires candidates to participate in field work and complete
    assignments in KSU partner schools. A Georgia Partnership Agreement form is required and should be on file for each Teacher Leadership student upon admission into the program. Because of this requirement, it is difficult for candidates outside the state of
    Georgia to complete the program.

  • Candidates within the program must complete their field work and assignments in KSU
    partner schools. Field work and assignments maybe completed at your workplace as
    long as a Georgia Partnership Agreement is on file when beginning the program.
  • There are seven (7) required courses that all Teacher Leadership candidates take in
    order to prepare them for the Teacher Leadership GACE and initial Teacher Leadership
    certification. Those courses are not transferable. For additional questions regarding
    course transferability, please contact the Teacher Leadership program coordinator, Dr.
    Raynice Jean-Sigur, at rjeansig@kennesaw.edu.

  • Because the Teacher Leadership initial certification can only be earned once you will
    not be eligible to apply for the Teacher Leadership Programs at KSU at the M.Ed., Ed.S.
    or Ed.D. levels.
  • The courses that are in the Educational Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership
    Program are listed below.


    Teacher Leadership Certification

    • TLED 7000: Foundations of Teacher Leadership
    • TLED 7101: Critical Analysis of Policy, Theory, & Praxis for Teacher Leaders
    • TLED 7465: Professional Learning in Schools
    • TLED 7785: Collaboration with Families and Community
    • TLED 7980: Action Research in Schools
    • TLED 7990: Residency & Capstone
    • TLED 8200: Mentoring, Coaching and Facilitating School Improvement

    Additional Program Requirements

    • ITEC 7305: Data Analysis and School improvement
    • ITEC 7400: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    • TLED 8830: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Teacher Leaders

    Research Requirements

    • EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I
    • EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I

    Program Total (33 Credit Hours)

  • The Teacher Leadership Program accepts candidates once a year with the anticipation
    that courses begin in Summer after the application deadline. All application materials
    are due by April 1. All documents must be submitted by the deadline date.


Expected qualifications for applicants to be considered for admission will typically include:

  1. an earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
  2. a clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or equivalent;
  3. current full-time employment as a professional educator with at least 4 years of teaching or administrative experience or both in K-12 education;
  4. a competetive Graduate Aptitude & Achievement Index Score. The Graduate Index Score = (GRE Quantitative Score + GRE Verbal Score) x GPA for the master’s degree;
  5. recommendation by the institution in which the applicant is employed.

Applicants to the program must submit the following:

  1. official transcripts of college coursework, undergraduate and graduate, showing evidence of completion of a master’s degree or its equivalent in a related field;
  2. official scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam within the last five years;
  3. all relevant professional teaching and/or administrative certificates;
  4. professional profile detailing related professional qualifications;
  5. reflections on Leadership for Learning;
  6. official request for consideration of transfer courses;
  7. Documentation of the employing institution’s recommendation of the applicant.

*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admission section of this catalog.


April 1 for Summer consideration - ALL documents must be submitted by deadline date .

Contact Us

For admissions information please contact GradEd@kennesaw.edu.
For additional program information please contact Dr. Arvin Johnson at ajohn560@kennesaw.edu.