The mission of the Educational Leadership Program is to inspire and develop educational leaders who can transform schools into communities of inquiry that pursue high levels of learning, equity, and democratic ideals. Admission to the Ed.S. Leadership Program requires a partnership between the employee's school district or administration and the University of West Georgia. This partnership allows the employer to be part of the leadership training model and requires the employer to identify the leader or aspiring leader as a candidate for the Ed.S. Program and thus the Performance Based Leadership Certificate (PL-6) in educational leadership in Georgia.
The University of West Georgia's performance-based Ed.S. Leadership program emphasizes job embedded learning. The Educational Specialist Program affords candidates advanced preparation in educational leadership for both school level and system level leadership positions. Candidates who successfully complete the program earn a Performance Based Leadership Certificate (PL-6) in educational leadership. Eighteen semester hours of the program are in the residency and twelve hours are in course work, most of which can be taken concurrently with the residency.
Leadership Residencies begin ONLY during Summer Semesters and candidates must have completed the PSC Required Pre-Service courses PRIOR to beginning the Leadership Residency.
The Ed.S. program will now be provisionally admitting candidates to complete PSC Required Pre-Service course work the semester prior to beginning their full program.
Candidates must have completed the PSC Required Pre-Service courses PRIOR to beginning the Leadership Residency (EDLE 6316 School Law and Ethics, EDLE 8314 Local School Leadership).