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Educational Leadership

Collaborating, educating, and motivating. Creating environments that empower both students and faculty.


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Why Choose UWG Educational Leadership

The University of West Georgia is the state's best in preparing certified leaders. As the state's largest and most successful program, UWG developed nearly one-third of Georgia's newly certified leaders in 2020. Some of the many reasons that UWG is the program of choice include:

  • Full-time faculty who are scholars, practitioners, and vested in your success
  • Relevant and authentic learning experiences
  • High expectations including strong support and faculty engagement for candidate-learning
  • High-quality candidates create a rich exchange of learning and collaboration 100 Most Affordable Leadership Badge
  • Convenience: Tier 2 Certification can be completed in three or four semesters with only a few face-to-face sessions, Tier 1 Certification is 100% online and can be finished in three semesters 
  • Cost-effective: University of West Georgia has been ranked by UniversityHQ in the Top 100 for the Best Affordable Leadership Degree category. 
Trent North

Mr. Trent North

Superintendent, Douglas County School System, 

"The UWG Educational Leadership program gave me a greater understanding of leadership, research, and the school improvement process. My interactions with the instructors and faculty have been transformative and allowed me to continue working to ensure every child fulfills their potential. Because of the comprehensive program, I am better prepared to have a positive, lasting impact on K12 education."

Georgia Superintendent of the Year (2023)

Finalist, National Superintendent of the Year (2023)

Michele Taylor

Michele Taylor, Ed.D

Superintendent of Calhoun City Schools

"I am a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia's Educational Leadership Program.  The preparation that I received from UWG allowed me to complete coursework that was relevant and applicable to my role as instructional leader.  The professors provided a combination of experience, content expertise, and coaching.  The University of West Georgia helped set me on a journey to excellence and as I continue in my 33rd year as an educator, I am forever grateful."

Georgia Superintendent of the Year (2014)
Finalist, National Superintendent of the Year (2014)
Educational Leadership Tier I Certification

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, ED.S.

Assistant Principal at J.R. Tripp Middle School

"The Educational Leadership/Tier II Specialist program courses aligned perfectly with my instructional work as a first-year middle school assistant principal. My experience at UWG was just what I needed on my leadership journey for school improvement!"

Samantha Fuhrey

Samantha M. Fuhrey, Ed.S.

Superintendent of Newton County School District

"The University of West Georgia Educational Leadership program equipped me with the knowledge and skills to become a thoughtful, innovative, and reflective educational leader and an advocate for public education.  My professors struck a balance between the challenges, opportunities, and support I needed to thrive; West Georgia fully prepared to step into a leadership role at the completion of my program and degree. I am so glad I made the decision to attend the University of West Georgia!"

Georgia Superintendent of the Year (2020)
Finalist, National Superintendent of the Year (2020)
Program Faculty (Educational Leadership Tier I Certification) 

Our Partner Schools and Districts Educational Leadership

Georgia Public Schools and Districts:

  • Atkinson County
  • Atlanta Independent School System
  • Atlanta Public
  • Baldwin County
  • Ben Hill County
  • Brantley County
  • Bulloch County
  • Charlton County
  • Chattahoochee County
  • Cherokee County
  • Clayton County
  • Cobb County
  • Columbia County
  • Cook County
  • Crisp County
  • Dalton Public
  • DeKalb County
  • Devereux Georgia School
  • Dougherty County
  • Douglas County
  • Effingham County
  • Emanuel County
  • Fannin County
  • Fulton County
  • Gainesville City
  • Gilmer County
  • Glynn County
  • Grady County
  • Gwinnett County
  • Jeff Davis County
  • Laurens County
  • Lee County
  • Liberty County
  • Long County
  • Murray County
  • Muscogee County
  • Pickens County
  • Pulaski County
  • Richmond County
  • Rockdale County
  • Savannah-Chatham County
  • Tattnall County
  • Terrell County
  • Tift County
  • Toombs County
  • Union County
  • Valdosta City
  • Vidalia City
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County
  • Whitfield County


Charter, Private and Other Schools:

  • Brighten Academy Charter
  • Charter Schools USA
  • Coastal Georgia Learning Resources System
  • DeKalb PATH Academy Charter School
  • Devereux Georgia School
  • Eagles Landing Christian Academy
  • Edison Learning, Inc.
  • Georgia Cyber Academy
  • Heritage School
  • Imagine Georgia Charter Schools
  • Landmark Christian School
  • National Heritage Academies
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Scintilla Charter Academy

Georgia RESA:

  • Coastal GLRS (a division of First District RESA, serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh Counties. as well as Coastal Academy and Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy GNETS.) 
  • Griffin RESA (Butts County, Fayette County, Henry County, Lamar County, Newton County, Pike County, Spalding County, Upson County)
  • Metro RESA (Atlanta Public, Buford City, Clayton County, Cobb County, City Schools of Decatur, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Marietta City, Rockdale County)
  • Middle Georgia RESA (Bibb County, Crawford County, Houston County, Jasper County, Jones County, Monroe County, Peach County, Twiggs County)
  • Northeast Georgia RESA (Barrow County, Clarke County, Commerce City, Elbert County, Greene County, Jackson County, Jefferson City, Madison County, Morgan County, Oconee County, Oglethorpe County, Social Circle City, Walton 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)
  • West Georgia RESA (Carroll County, Carrollton City, Coweta County, Harris County, Heard County, Meriwether County, Troup County)


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Educational Leadership