Masters of Education in Educational Leadership (MEd)/Tier I Cert Only



Performance-Based Educational Leadership Program
Tier I Certification Only

Program Overview

The Master's Degree (Med) 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 Master's Degree in a teaching field, we also offer an eighteen (18) hour certification only option.

The Master's Degree 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 Master's Degree, 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.

Please note: The GaPSC requires that students complete assessments prior to enrollment and completion in programs that lead to certification (M.Ed., Tier I Certification Only, Ed.S., Tier II Certification Only). The Ethics Entrance Exam must be taken prior to enrollment in certification programs, and the Ethics Exit Exam and GACE or PASL (Tier I and Tier II, respectively) must be taken prior to completion. Students who have taken the Ethics Exams in a M.Ed./Tier I program do not need to re-take for enrollment into the Ed.S./Tier II.

MED at a Glance

  • 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)

Now Eligible for Financial AidTier I Certification Only Option at a Glance

  • Fully Online
  • 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

36 Credit Hours: 2 classes per semester for 6 semesters or 2 years = 36 hours

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 (9 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)

EDL 7700 Leadership in Urban Schools I
EDL 7701 Leadership in Urban Schools II
EDL 7780 Practicum (3 hours)

Leading Independent & Charter Schools Option (9 hours)

EDL 7800 Financial Management and Leadership
EDL 7801 Institutional Advancement and Governance
EDL 7780 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 (must hold at least a Georgia L5 certificate upgrade).
  • GRE or MAT required
  • Transcripts from each college attended
  • 2 Years of Teaching Experience
  • Professional Resume
  • Reference and Mentor Forms (online)
  • GACE Leadership Ethics Exit Exam (the GACE Leadership Ethics Entry Exam no longer should be used)

Deadlines for Applications

Spring, November 1 Summer, April 1 Fall, July 1

Contact Us

For additional questions, please email the Program Coordinator, Dr. Nicholas Clegorne, at or call (470) 578-6888 or email for additional information.