Educational Leadership

While there are many valid reasons, six good reasons to "GO West" to the UWG Educational Leadership Program include:

  • Full-time faculty who are both scholars and practitioners,
  • Relevant and authentic learning experiences,
  • High expectations with strong support and faculty engagement for candidate-learning,
  • High-quality candidates create a rich exchange of learning and collaboration amongst candidates,
  • Convenience: Program can be completed in three or four semesters and only a few face-to-face sessions, and
  • Cost-effective.

           The University of West Georgia has three programs for K-12 educational leadership. The newest program is called a Tier One Certification, which is a master's degree level certification recently made available by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This program leads to a new certification that's clear and renewable. This program begins in summer of 2016 and is completely online. The Tier One level is considered entry-level that prepares candidates for P-12 school level positions below the principal and for district level positions that do not supervise principals. While we are approved to offer a master's degree, our intention is to offer only the certificate option. Candidates must complete a master's degree in another content area and then add the Tier 1 Leadership Certification. Tier 1 is an initial certification program designed for classroom teachers and candidates in leadership roles.

            The second leadership program at West Georgia is a Performance-Based Leadership Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S). The third leadership program is the PL Certificate Only option. Both programs lead to Georgia leadership certification. The current Performance-Based Leadership programs will be offered until spring of 2017. This program is considered advanced and is reserved for candidates in a leadership position. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has developed a rule and process for a new Tier 2 Certification that will begin in the summer of 2017 and it will replace the current Performance-Based Programs. Candidates admitted to the current program who begin the program by spring of 2017 will be allowed reasonable time to finish their degrees and certification under the old program and rule. Admission beginning in summer of 2017 will be for the new Tier 2 Certificate.

            In summary, UWG currently offers three leadership programs:  Tier 1 Certification Only, PL Certification Only, Educational Specialist with PL Certification.

            Beginning Summer 2017, Tier 1 Certification Only will continue; however, Tier 2 will replace the current PL Certification programs.

 
  • Educational Specialist
    Educational Specialist

    The current Georgia Leadership Rule reserves the performance-based programs (PL Certification Only and Educational Specialist) as advanced level preparation for leaders in leadership positions as defined by the Ga PSC. The Georgia Leadership Rule requires candidates have the time and opportunity to lead authentic and genuine school improvement initiatives in a residency experience. An important criterion regarding which program is most appropriate is determined by how much time you are teaching students and whether you are in a leadership position as defined by the Ga PSC. If a majority of your time is assigned to teaching students, you cannot be considered for the advanced level (performance-based) program. The only way we can consider your admission to the PL Certification Only or Educational Specialist programs is if your principal/supervisor requests (in writing) special consideration due to a desire to place you into a leadership position and agrees to provide release time from your other responsibilities to meet the residency requirements.

     The Tier 1 program is available for candidates who are currently serving in a leadership role or as a classroom teacher.

     UWG Performance-Based Ed. S. Leadership Degree and GA PL-6 Certification Program Admission Time Lines and Requirements
    • Candidates in leadership positions or approved leadership roles who have completed a Graduate degree in Leadership (or hold a clear renewable GA L-5 certificate) may begin their program of study upon admission.
    • Candidates who have not completed a Graduate degree in Leadership must complete the Leadership Pre-Service requirements.
    Admission requirements include the following:
    • A Masters degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution    
    • Be employed in a leadership position in a local education agency (LEA) OR be employed in a leadership role approved by the LEA for participation in a Leadership Certification program
    • Be recommended by the Superintendent or designee based on local district requirements
    • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA on graduate work
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370
    Application requirements:
    • Completed application for admission
    • Non-refundable $40.00 application fee 
    • One official transcript from each college or university attended 
    • Signed System Approval Form signed both by your immediate supervisor (must be the principal for applicants working at a school) AND the superintendent or his/her designee

     

  • PL Certification Only 
    PL Certification Only

    The current Georgia Leadership Rule reserves the performance-based programs (PL Certification Only and Educational Specialist) as advanced level preparation for leaders in leadership positions as defined by the Ga PSC. The Georgia Leadership Rule requires candidates have the time and opportunity to lead authentic and genuine school improvement initiatives in a residency experience. An important criterion regarding which program is most appropriate is determined by how much time you are teaching students and whether you are in a leadership position as defined by the Ga PSC. If a majority of your time is assigned to teaching students, you cannot be considered for the advanced level (performance-based) program. The only way we can consider your admission to the PL Certification Only or Educational Specialist programs is if your principal/supervisor requests (in writing) special consideration due to a desire to place you into a leadership position and agrees to provide release time from your other responsibilities to meet the residency requirements.

     The Tier 1 program is available for candidates who are currently serving in a leadership role or as a classroom teacher.

     UWG Performance-Based GA PL-6 Certification Program Admission Time Lines and Requirements
    • Candidates in leadership positions or approved leadership roles who have completed a Graduate degree in Leadership (or hold a clear renewable GA L-6 certificate) may begin their program of study upon admission.
    • Candidates who have not completed a Graduate degree in Leadership must complete the Leadership Pre-Service requirements.
    Admission requirements include the following:
    • A Specialist degree or higher from a nationally or regionally accredited institution    
    • Be employed in a leadership position in a local education agency (LEA) OR be employed in a leadership role approved by the LEA for participation in a Leadership Certification program
    • Be recommended by the Superintendent or designee based on local district requirements
    • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA on graduate work
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370
    Application requirements:
    • Completed application for admission
    • Non-refundable $40.00 application fee 
    • One official transcript from each college or university attended 
    • Signed System Approval Form signed both by your immediate supervisor (must be the principal for applicants working at a school) AND the superintendent or his/her designee
  • Tier One Certification Only
    Tier One Certification Only 

    This is a certification-only program that may be added to an existing master's degree (or specialist and doctoral degree). The Tier 1 Certification is considered entry-level that prepares candidates for P-12 school-level positions below the principal and for district-level positions that do not supervise principals. In part, the program consists of several key assessments that are clinically-based and will allow candidates to synthesize and apply knowledge while practicing and developing leadership skills identified by leadership standards.

    While we are approved to offer a master's degree leading to Tier 1 Certification, our intention at this time is to offer only the certification. Candidates will need to complete a master's degree in another content area before adding the Tier 1 Certification.

    Admission requirements include the following:
    • A master’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution
    • T5 or S5 certificate   
    • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA on graduate work
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370
    Application requirements:
    • Completed application for admission
    • Non-refundable $40.00 application fee 
    • One official transcript from each college or university attended 
     
  • Partnerships 
    Partnerships

    The University of West Georgia has formed partnerships with some organizations and is in the process of finalizing partnerships with others. Partnerships are required only for Performance-Based Certification Programs, not for Tier One Certification Only Program.  

    After a partnership is developed and signed by the university and organization, an Ed.S. cohort may be formed if the institution wants it and the University of West Georgia has the capacity to offer a cohort at that time. The fact that a partnership exists does not mean that an Ed.S. cohort currently exists.

    Current EDLE Partnerships with Georgia Schools - 4/26/16

    • Atlanta Public
    • Charter Schools USA
    • Clayton County
    • Cobb County
    • Dalton City
    • DeKalb County
    • Devereux Georgia School
    • Douglas County
    • Eagles Landing Christian Academy
    • Edison Learning, Inc.
    • Fannin County
    • Fulton County
    • Gilmer County
    • Griffin RESA (Butts County, Fayette County, Henry County, Lamar County, Newton County, Pike County, Spalding County, Upson County)
    • Gwinnett County
    • Heritage School
    • Imagine Georgia Charter Schools
    • Jeff Davis County
    • Landmark Christian School
    • Middle Georgia RESA (Bibb County, Crawford County, Houston County, Jones County, Monroe County, Twiggs County)
    • Muscogee County
    • National Heritage Academics
    • Northeast Georgia RESA (Barrow County, Clarke County, Commerce City, Elbert City, Greene City, Jackson City, Jefferson City, Madison City, Morgan City, Oconee City, Oglethorpe City, Social Circle City, Walker County)
    • Northwest Georgia RESA (Bartow County, Bremen City, Calhoun City, Cartersville City, Catoosa County, Chattooga County, Chickamauga City, Dade County, Floyd County, Gordon County, Haralson County, Paulding County, Polk County, Rome City, Trion City, Walker County)
    • Pioneer RESA (Banks County, Dawson County, Franklin County, Gainesville City, Habersham County, Hall County, Hart County, Lumpkin County, Mountain Education Charter High School, Rabun County, Stephens County, Towns County, Union County, White County)
    • Rockdale County
    • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
    • Union County
    • Wayne County
    • West Georgia RESA (Carroll County, Carrollton City, Coweta County, Harris County, Heard County, Meriwether County, Troup County)