Educational Leadership - M.Ed.
This program emphasizes instructional leadership, understanding of school culture, and leading schools. Students will acquire skills and knowledge necessary to enter into an entry-level leadership position. Students graduating from the M.Ed. program and who pass the Georgia Certification examination in leadership will qualify for an NL-5 leadership certificate. The program consists of a minimum of 36 hours of course work. Regular admission to this program requires a clear and renewable professional teaching or service certificate. Regular admission is available to applicants who meet all of the criteria listed below; provisional acceptance is only available after review by the department. Departmental requirements for regular admission include the following:
- An official GRE combined score of 800 (minimum 400 Verbal score).
- A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 calculated on all work attempted in which a letter grade was assigned.
- Three letters of recommendation from employers, supervisors, or professional colleagues.
The letter of recommendation form developed by the department for this program must be used and can be obtained from the Graduate School.
A portfolio evaluation is required during the candidate's last semester of enrollment. The portfolio is designed to enable the student to demonstrate ability to synthesize/integrate the knowledge gained in various courses. Recommendations from the department at the conclusion of the portfolio evaluation may include the following: 1) the student has met all departmental requirements, or 2) additional assignments should be completed and a reassessment of the portfolio should take place. Candidates successfully completing this program and receiving departmental approval will be recommended for an NL-5 certificate in Educational Leadership. This recommendation will be made to the employing local school system. The employing local school system is responsible for requesting the issuance of the NL-5 certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.