The graduate program in Educational Leadership is a performance-based program that is aligned with both NCATE standards and Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) standards. Graduates from the Education Specialist (Ed. S.) program may obtain initial Georgia leadership certification (PL-6 building and/or district) upon successful completion of the required courses and the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators in Educational Leadership. Information on educational leadership certification rules, as stipulated by the Georgia PSC, is available on the PSC’s website (www.gapsc.com). The Georgia Professional Standards Commission changed the rules for certification in Educational Leadership in April 2015. Interested applicants should contact the Educational Leadership Program Director concerning implementation of these changes before applying.
Successful completion of EDLR 7110 and EDLR 7120 leads to a Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement (Georgia Certificate). For information related to add-on certification in Educational Leadership, contact the department chair (706-667-4499).
The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (extended 48-hour program) leads to a clear, renewable Georgia PL-6 certificate. A PL-6 certificate holder may apply for building and/or district educational leadership positions. Candidates must have earned a Master’s degree in a related field identified on a GaPSC approved list.