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 including strong support and faculty engagement for candidate-learning,
  • High-quality candidates create a rich exchange of learning and collaboration,
  • 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, each leading to certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The newest program is called Tier 1 Certification. 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. All interested candidates currently without leadership certification in Georgia must start with this program. This certificate is earned completely online. Candidates must complete a master's degree (or higher degree) and then add the Tier 1 Leadership Certification.

         Another leadership program at the University of West Georgia is the Tier 2 Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S). A third leadership program is the Tier 2 Certificate Only option. Both programs are considered advanced and are reserved for candidates in a leadership position and who possess initial leadership certification. Also, both programs are job embedded and performance based.

 
  • Tier 2 Educational Specialist Degree
    Tier 2 Educational Specialist

    The current Georgia Leadership Rule defines the Tier 2 programs (Tier 2 Certification Only and Tier 2 Educational Specialist) as advanced level preparation reserved 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.

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

    Admission requirements include the following:
    • Must have "Tier 1", "L", or "PL" Certification
    • A Masters degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution    
    • Be employed in a leadership position in a local education agency (LEA) as defined by the Georgia PSC
    • Be recommended by the Superintendent or designee based on local district requirements (System Approval Form)
    • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA on graduate work
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370
    • Written partnership with school district
    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
    • Copy of valid Georgia leadership certificate
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370 certificate

     

  • Tier 2 Certification Only 
    Tier 2 Certification Only

    The current Georgia Leadership Rule reserves the Tier 2 programs (Tier 2 Certification Only and Tier 2 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.

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

    Admission requirements include the following:
    • Must have "Tier 1", "L", or "PL" Certification
    • A Specialist degree or higher from a nationally or regionally accredited institution    
    • Be employed in a leadership position in a local education agency (LEA) as defined by the Georgia PSC
    • Be recommended by the Superintendent or designee based on local district requirements (System Approval Form)
    • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA on graduate work
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370
    • Written partnership with school district
    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
    • Copy of valid Georgia leadership certificate
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370 certificate
  • Tier 1 Certification Only
    Tier 1 Certification Only 

    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. All interested candidates currently without leadership certification in Georgia must start with this program as Tier 1 is an initial certification program designed for classroom teachers and candidates in leadership roles who intend to assume leadership positions in the future.

    The Tier 1 program leads to a certification that's clear and renewable. This certificate is earned completely online. Candidates must complete a master's degree (or higher degree) and then add the Tier 1 Leadership Certification.

    Admission requirements include the following:
    • A master’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution
    • T5 or S5 professional teaching 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 
    • Georgia PSC Ethics Test 370 certificate
     
     
  • Partnerships 
    Partnerships

    Partnerships are required only for Tier 2 Certification Programs, not for Tier One Certification Only Program. 

    Current EDLE Partnerships with Georgia Schools - 12/16/16

    • Atlanta Public
    • Charter Schools USA
    • Clayton County
    • Cobb County
    • Dalton Public
    • 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
    • Metro RESA
    • Middle Georgia RESA (Bibb County, Crawford County, Houston County, Jasper County, Jones County, Monroe County, Peach County, Twiggs County)
    • Muscogee County
    • National Heritage Academies
    • 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, 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)