Educational Leadership Ed.S.

The Performance-Based Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) program offered in the Department of Professional Learning and Innovation provides advanced study for qualified educators. The program of study builds upon work completed at the Master of Education level; it strengthens and extends professional, pedagogical and content knowledge additionally this program prepares advanced practitioners to be architects of change and leaders in the professional community. The performance-based specialist in education program in Educational Leadership is cohort organized. Each cohort is supervised by one faculty member who assures that candidates meet all program standards at the advanced level prior to graduation. Coursework is organized around thematic blocks that address school improvement issues.

The Specialist in Education program requires a minimum of 36 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. Any candidate in a Tier II program who did not complete the Ethics Assessment in a Tier I program shall do so in a Tier II program, both for diagnostic and certification purposes.  Note that this program is in transition to a tiered program consistent to the new Professional Standards Commission rules (  Please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Cheryl Reynolds ( if you have questions or concerns.

Degree Requirements


Dr. Cheryl Reynolds
Program Coordinator
Room 102

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

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