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Educational Leadership Tier I Certification

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 18
Entry Term: Fall

The Educational Leadership Tier I Certification-Only pathway is a fully online 18-credit graduate certificate designed to prepare Educational Leadership (EDLD) candidates for Stage I initial leadership positions that include P-12 school level assistant principals or the equivalent, or other Local Unit of Administration (LUA) staff who do not supervise principals pursuant to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Educational Leadership Preparation Rule (Rule 505-3-.77). Students must be currently employed in a K12 setting and possess a Professional Level Five Certificate Or higher in a leadership, teacher, service, or related field). Embedded within this program is a 9-credit Teacher-Leader Endorsement (TLE). The Educational Leadership Tier I Certification-Only Program provides a unique opportunity for K12 educational leaders to further develop the skills necessary for school administrative positions through a rigorous performance-based coursework resulting in certification conferred via the GaPSC. This program is designed for those who already possess an M.Ed degree. This 18 credit hour certificate is administered through a cohort model, and the course sequence is prescribed and provided to candidates upon admissions. The 250 required hours of clinical practice are job-embedded and performance-based throughout the program, and are guided cooperatively by the University and the school/district partner via supervised field experience courses. The curriculum is based on an inquiry approach that emphasizes foundation knowledge and skills, including research skills applicable to a multitude of education topics and issues, and is intended to enhance current and future educational leaders’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Admission Information

The Georgia Southern University Office of Graduate Admissions oversees the application process for graduate students. Please review the links below for admission requirements and deadlines.

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Course Sequence

  • Semester I: Fall
    • EDLD 7530 Transformational School Leadership
    • EDLD 7737 Supervised Field Experience I
  • Semester II: Spring
    • EDLD 7535 Utilizing Data in Leadership
    • EDLD 7738 Supervised Field Experience II
  • Semester III: Summer
    • EDLD 7536 Developing Prof. Learning Communities
    • EDLD 7531 Legal and Ethical Issues in Education



EDLD Academic Advisor
Tier I Certificate
Teacher Leadership Endorsement
M.Ed. Educational Leadership
Stacy Davis

Professional License/Certification Disclosure

The Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development anticipates that graduates of the Certificate program in Educational Leadership will be eligible to seek professional certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a certified Tier I leader in their respective fields.

The Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development has determined the required classes and educational activities of these academic programs will qualify a graduate of this program to take the GACE exam for Educational Leadership Tier I certification in Georgia. The department has not determined whether these programs satisfy the requirements of all states and territories for a certification in Educational Leadership.

Professional Certification Disclosure

The College of Education anticipates that graduates of the Educational Leadership Certificate programs will seek state licenses or certifications.

The programs listed above leads to a Georgia Certificate Upgrade. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more information. The College of Education has not determined where its programs will qualify a graduate to take the required exams in other states or territories. Check the requirements of your state or territory using the link provided.

For all Online Programs:

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For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Last updated: 3/29/2024