The Educational Specialist (EDS) in Educational Leadership is a professional degree program for qualified candidates who do not have a specialist or doctoral degree and who are pursuing clear, renewable leadership certification in Georgia (PL-6). The “Certification Only” program is for candidates who already possess an EDS or EDD, but do not have leadership certification. The program can be completed in as few as three (3) or as many as five (5) semesters, depending on the candidate’s preference.
Unlike traditional programs, the majority of coursework in the performance-based leadership program occurs in the candidate’s school. Of the twenty-seven (27) hours in the EDS program, eighteen (18) are residency, in which course meetings and course work are performed at the candidate’s school site. Each candidate has an individualized leadership plan, which is negotiated each semester between university faculty, the candidate, and a school-identified mentor. These plans identify authentic, meaningful projects that the candidate will complete within the school and on which he or she will demonstrate mastery of course material. All eighteen (18) hours of the “certificate only” program are performed in residency.
Please submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Their contact information, including mailing address, can be found here.
APPLICATION AND DOCUMENT DEADLINES
This program accepts applications for Fall semesters only
See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION