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Is there an entrance exam required to enter the program?
Currently there is no GRE required for admissions into the EdS program.
What are the entrance requirements for the EdS?
- Partnership Agreement between KSU and Candidate’s School District or Charter/Independent School
- 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)
- Complete a program application
- Hold a master’s degree – or higher – in a professional education or related field
- Have a minimum of four (4) years of teaching or administrative experience
- No GRE currently required
- Hold a leadership “position” or “role” (as defined by your District or Independent/Charter school)
- Hold a master’s degree in educational leadership, OR hold current Georgia leadership certification (L /PL/or Tier-1 only), OR complete either a stand-alone (6) hour PSC-approved “leadership preservice” or complete the leadership preservice within the degree/certificate program.
Can classroom educators enter the EdS program?Absolutely. At our district partners’ requests, we are now (Spring 2017) allowing classroom educators to enter the performance-based leadership program. They must occupy what their district considers to be a “leadership role” and have adequate release time to complete performance-based activities.
Will I really complete the majority of this program – literally – in my school?Yes. The residency-based nature of the program allows candidates to demonstrate their mastery of content through authentic, practice-based assignments in their schools. The remainder of course work is online.
Who should apply to the Performance-based EdS program and the Tier-II Certification Add-on?What is the length of study for the EdS and the PL-6? The EdS. Program is designed to be completed within four semesters. A candidate takes three courses each semester (core and residency).
Does the EdS program offer the building-level leadership track as well as the system-level leadership track?Yes. Building level tracks prepare leaders for site. If a building level administrator is transferred or promoted to the district level, the candidate needs only to satisfy the additional coursework to complete system-level leadership certification.
Are hours transferable from another university?Individuals can make request to transfer graduate hours that are not part of an existing degree. Courses obtained only within the last 6 year are eligible for transfer. Courses must have been obtained from an accredited, recognized university. All hours are subject to review by the program director and department chair.
Why does the length of the program vary depending upon whether I have a master’s degree in educational leadership?The Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires all leadership candidates to have a certain level of content knowledge before beginning a residency-based leadership program. The PSC requires the candidate to earn a Tier I certificate in Leadership first. Tier I is generally for assistant principals and Tier II is for principals and higher.
For further information contact Dr. David Buckman, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.