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.

For detailed information on the Ed. S. program, go to the program webpage here. 

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  • Overview

    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 Tier 2 Leadership Certificate 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

    Program Location

    Newnan, Online

    Method of Delivery

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


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 27

  • Cost

    This program may be earned more than 50% online but not entirely online - multiple campus visits are required (varying by course).

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Major Required

    • EDLE-8329 - Leadership for Equity and Excellence

      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, and language. Particular attention is given to preparation of leaders who can transform schools and districts in ways that create equitable outcomes and promote high levels of achievement for all students.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    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 all post-secondary institutions attended, even if only for transfer credit, are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • Must have "Tier 1", "L", or "PL" Certification in Educational Leadership
    • 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 Superintendent or designee based on local district requirements (System Approval Form)
    • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA on graduate work
    • Georgia PSC Ethics for Educational Leadership- Test 380
    • Copy of valid Georgia leadership certificate
    • Written partnership with school district

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.

    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.


    Graduate Admissions

    Department of Leadership, Research, & School Improvement

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • 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.