Specialist Program Details

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For detailed information on the Ed. S. Program and the Certificate Only program, go to the Department of Leadership and Instruction home page and select Educational Leadership.

Program Description

The University of West Georgia's performance-based Educational Specialist (Ed.S) Leadership Degree program emphasizes job-embedded learning and can be completed in three semesters. Candidates who successfully complete the program earn a Performance Based Leadership Certificate (PL-6) in educational leadership. A primary component of the program is a field-based residency in which students are provided the opportunity to practice, learn, and demonstrate performance while on the job as an educational leader. Students are coached by highly-qualified practitioner scholars.

Five reasons to "GO West" to the UWG Educational Leadship Program:

(1) Full-time faculty that are both scholars and practitioners,

(2) Relevant and job-embedded residency,

(3) Convenience: Program can be completed in three semesters and only a few face to face sessions,

(4) High expectiations with strong support and faculty engagement for student-learning,

(5) Cost-effective

Method of Delivery

Hybrid (Mostly online with select Saturdays in the Residence Lab)

Accreditation

SACSCOC

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27-33
Maximum Hours Transferable into program:

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information see the Bursar's Office at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Financial Help

Graduates:

A variety of financial assistance options for Graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. See http://www.westga.edu/financialAid/index_2772.php/

Many options are available to help qualified veterans and in some cases their families. See http://www.westga.edu/financialAid/index_2941.php/

Coursework

Find information for the programs here:  Always consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

Major Required:

Principles of Leadership - EDLE-6312

Description: This course provides an overview of the organization and administration of schools. Special attention is given to organizational structure and administrative processes that support instructional leadership. The history, future, and current trends to develop viable approaches to improving teaching and learning are examined and practiced.

School Law, Policy, and Ethics - EDLE-6316

Description: This course is designed to provide school administrators with proficiencies essential to school leaders for the effective, efficient, equitable, and ethical management of schools and districts. Students are taught to advance the best interests of all students in policy development, allocation of capital and human resources, and monitoring. Course content addresses the role of school leaders in working within the legal and policy frameworks affecting the schools and school personnel. Ethical standards for professional educator conduct are an integral part of this course.

Educational Leadership Residency Lab I - EDLE-8301

Description: This is the first of a three-semester course sequence (EDLE 8301, EDLE 8302, & EDLE 8303) designed to provide students with carefully designed and personalized field experiences where they have the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge and skills as they work on problems of practice in school and district settings. Students, in collaboration with a Leader Support Team (LST), will develop an Individualized Action Research Performance Plan that will guide field experiences during each of the three residency lab courses.

Educational Leadership Residency Lab II - EDLE-8302

Description: This is the second of a three-semester course sequence (EDLE 8301, EDLE 8302, & EDLE 8303) designed to provide students with carefully designed and personalized field experiences where they have the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge and skills as they work on problems of practice in school and district settings. Students, in collaboration with a Leader Support Team (LST), will develop an Individualized Action Research Performance Plan that will guide field experiences during each of the three residency lab courses.

Educational Leadership Residency Lab III - EDLE-8303

Description: This is the third of a three-semester course sequence (EDLE 8301, EDLE 8302, & EDLE 8303) designed to provide students with carefully designed and personalized field experiences where they have the opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge and skills as they work on problems of practice in school and district settings. Students, in collaboration with a Leader Support Team (LST), will develop an Individualized Action Research Performance Plan that will guide field experiences during each of the three residency lab courses.

Leadership for Organizational Change - EDLE-8304

Description: This course will explore how to drive and sustain organizational and academic improvements in a school setting. It will examine leadership and pedagogical changes that will promote a collaborative and professional environment focused on continuous improvement. This course will look at school reform at the building and classroom levels specifically focusing on improved instructional practices that ensure learning for all students regardless of background. Learning will be drawn from theory and research and from students’ personal experiences. Students will demonstrate proficiency by completing performance-based tasks.

Residency Course: Effective Management to Promote Student Learning - EDLE-8305

Description: Students study and apply principles of effective operations and performance management in K-12 schools. Using ethical principles and professional norms as the conceptual framework, students explore efficient and effective organizational functions in personnel management, safety and emergency preparedness, administration of resources, and the use of technology to improve operations. Students will demonstrate proficiency by completing performance-based tasks.

Instructional Leadership for Improving - EDLE-8306

Description: This course provides educational leaders the opportunity to explore and use data-informed decision making to drive and sustain organizational and academic improvements in a school setting. Students will examine leadership and pedagogical strategies that promote a collegial environment focused on continuous improvement. Learning will be drawn from leadership theory and research on best practices, ethical principles, and professional norms in curriculum development, classroom instruction, student learning assessment, professional learning, and other areas that support the needs of all student populations in a learning-focused school environment. Students will demonstrate proficiency by completing performance-based tasks.

School Finance and Resource Management - EDLE-8312

Description: This course is designed to provide the graduate student with the basic principles of school finance, accounting procedures, and school business management.

Ethics in Educational Leadership - EDLE-8324

Description: This course is designed to provide school leaders with an in-depth examination of current and anticipated ethical issues and dilemma facing public education.

School Leadership in a Pluralistic and Diverse Society - EDLE-8329

Description: Students study school and district leadership within the context of how effective leaders address issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, disability, or language. Particular attention is given to preparation of leaders who can transform schools and districts in ways that serve the interests of all students.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - Oct 15
  • Summer - Mar 15
  • * Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-6125 or Fax: 678-839-6174

Dates

 Admission Deadline: Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

(1) Build a shared vision of student success and well-being.

(2) Champion and support instruction and assessment that maximizes student learning and achievement.

(3) Manage and develop staff members' professional skills and practives in order to drive student learning and achievement

(4) Cultivate a caring and inclusive school community dedicated to student learning, academic success and the personal well-being of every student.

(5) Coordinate resources, time, structures and roles effectively to build the instructional capacity of teachers and other staff.

(6) Engage families and the outside community to promote and support student success .

(7) Administer and manage operations efficiently and effectively.