Ed.S. Teacher Leadership
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VIEW KSU CATALOG
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Teacher Leadership Program and EducationalLeadership Program?
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.
I am a teacher not living in Georgia, am I able to complete the program?
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.
I am a teacher in a Georgia school, may I complete my assignments and fieldwork at the school where I am employed?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.
Will any of my courses transfer from another institution?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have earned the Teacher Leadership initial certification through the GeorgiaPSC. May I apply to your program?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.
What courses are in the Teacher Leadership Ed.S. Program?
The courses that are in the Educational Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership
Program are listed below.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VIEW KSU GRADUATE CATALOG
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
- EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I
- EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I
Program Total (33 Credit Hours)
When may I apply to the program?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:
- an earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
- a clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or equivalent;
- current full-time employment as a professional educator with at least 4 years of teaching or administrative experience or both in K-12 education;
- a competetive Graduate Aptitude & Achievement Index Score. The Graduate Index Score = (GRE Quantitative Score + GRE Verbal Score) x GPA for the master’s degree;
- recommendation by the institution in which the applicant is employed.
Applicants to the program must submit the following:
- official transcripts of college coursework, undergraduate and graduate, showing evidence of completion of a master’s degree or its equivalent in a related field;
- official scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam within the last five years;
- all relevant professional teaching and/or administrative certificates;
- professional profile detailing related professional qualifications;
- reflections on Leadership for Learning;
- official request for consideration of transfer courses;
- 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 .