Specialist Program Details


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

Totally online except for a few select Saturdays in the Residence Lab



Credit & Transfer

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

Tuition & Fees

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

Financial Help

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


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


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.


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


 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


(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.