Education Ed.S. (Teacher Leadership, Early Childhood & Middle Grades)

Teacher Leadership

The Educational Specialist (EDS) in Teacher Leadership program at Georgia College* is a completely online degree created to meet the high needs area of equipping classroom teachers will the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as leaders within their schools.  Candidates will learn how to coach and mentor, how to create and sustain professional learning communities, and serve as a resource for other educators.  This degree is considered a new field service certification and a candidate can be certified as a teacher leader by taking a GACE assessment.  This degree also equips candidates with one of the requirements to move up within Georgia‚Äôs new Tiered Certification for teachers.  Candidates completing this degree program and passing the GACE assessment, then, will earn an EDS degree in Teacher Leadership, add a new field service certification to their teaching certification, and be certified as a teacher leader.  This degree is not a leadership degree.  It is a degree for teachers who wish to improve their skills as a professional educator.

The EDS in Teacher Leadership is a 30 hour program.  Twenty-three hours of the 30 hours are core courses, including a 4 hour practicum.    In consultation with their advisor, students will choose an additional seven hours of content courses. Students may take their seven hours of content courses within the EDTL level courses which are offered, or students have the option of taking their content courses in their area of certification with other programs at GCSU, although these courses may not be offered online. The degree program must be completed within six years beginning with the initial date of course work. Only those courses listed on the program of graduate study fulfill degree requirements.  Only grades of A or B count toward the EDS degree.  The degree program must be completed within six years beginning with the initial date of course work. Only those courses listed on the program of graduate study fulfill degree requirements.

For admission, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.25, hold or be eligible for a clear renewable, level five (5) Georgia Teacher Certificate, submit proof of 3 years of certificated teaching, and submit University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable. Additionally, candidates must submit two professional recommendations, transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, verification of immunization, and a letter of support from the administrator at the school where employed. Candidates also pass an on-site writing assessment or minimum score of 305 for the GRE, or minimum score of 405 on Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  GCSU College of Education past graduates may petition to waive the test requirement.  

Contact


Dr. Marcie Peck
Program Coordinator
Room 122
478-445-2513
Marcia.Peck@gcsu.edu


Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Director
CBX 70 Georgia College
217A Kilpatrick Education Center
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-1383  Fax: 478-445-6582
Shanda.Brand@gcsu.edu  

Early Childhood & Middle Grades

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) program provides advanced study for qualified master educators at the T6 certification level. The program of study includes a 15 hour advanced, research-oriented, professional education core that focuses on Authentic Learning Communities. The remaining 15 hours of advanced coursework are in a strand of study that builds upon work completed at the master's level. Courses in the strand strengthen and extend professional, pedagogical and content knowledge. The Ed.S. prepares advanced practitioners to be architects of change and dynamic leaders in the professional community.

The Specialist in Education program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework beyond the Master of Education degree or the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Specialist programs must be completed, with the degree awarded, within six years of the initial coursework listed on the program of study. Only those courses listed on the Program of Graduate Study fulfill degree requirements. Substitutions must be approved by the advisor prior to course enrollment, and a Change of Graduate Program of Study form submitted to the office of the Department Chairperson. Grades below a B do not fulfill degree requirements.

The Specialist in Education degree offers concentrations in Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education.

*The next anticipated cohort start date will be summer 2018.

Contact


Dr. Holley Roberts
Chair of Teacher Education
John H. Lounsbury College of Education
Georgia College
Campus Box 70
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-3340
Holley.Roberts@gcsu.edu


Dr. Nancy Mizelle
Middle Grades Program Coordinator
Room 126
478-445-6555
Nancy.Mizelle@gcsu.edu  


Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Director
CBX 70 Georgia College
217A Kilpatrick Education Center
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-1383  Fax: 478-445-6582
Shanda.Brand@gcsu.edu  

John H. Lounsbury College of Education
202A Kilpatrick Education Center  |  Campus Box 79
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-7368
Fax: (478) 445-6582