Educational Leadership M.Ed. (Tier I)

Program Description

The M.Ed in Educational Leadership addresses the Georgia Educational Leadership Standards using personalized and authentic learning experiences in the school setting.  The primary candidate is a certified classroom teacher who wishes to begin a career in educational administration. The program may be successfully completed in one academic year of three semesters, each having two six-hour credit courses beginning in the fall of each year. All course work is available online to support the school-based learning experiences. School partner mentors and university professors support and facilitate the candidate’s work.  A residency requirement of 250 clock hours integrated in the coursework helps the candidate address experiences across all standards.  Successful completion of the program enables the candidate to be recommended for Tier I certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Degree Requirements


  • University Admissions Form
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Official copies of all transcripts for all colleges/universities
  • Documentation of completing course work for the identification and education of children with special needs.  Georgia PSC educator certification is acceptable documentation.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75


The M.Ed in Educational Leadership begins in August of each year and ends with the following summer session.  Each candidate admitted to the cohort has a program of study listing the timeline for all courses.  There are no substitutes or electives and all courses are taken at the same time during the program with other members of the cohort.  Candidates are assigned to the cohort professor for advisement and are expected to communicate on a regular basis with the professor who will also serve as facilitator and coach.

Transient Credit

Candidates must enroll in all courses in the program of study at Georgia College & State University.

Exit Requirements

Candidates must complete all coursework with a 3.0 overall average and complete residency documentation successfully. The capstone paper on the school-based academic challenge must demonstrate overall program content and residency experiences leading toward effective school improvement planning and implementation. Candidates should check with their assigned program advisor for specifics.

Dismissal Policy

Candidates must earn a ‘B’ or ‘A' on all courses. For any course in the program of study with a ‘C’ grade, the candidate may file a formal petition to continue in the program.


Successful completion of the M.Ed program, residency documentation, documented passing score on the GACE Educator Ethics for Leadership Test 380, and documented passing score on the GACE Educational Leadership Test 311 enables the graduate to be recommended for Tier I SRL certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 


Educational Leadership M.Ed.

Cheryl Reynolds

Dr. Cheryl Reynolds

Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership Tier I
Room 102

PhD, Georgia Southern University; MEd, Georgia Southern University; BS, Georgia Southern University


Personalized Learning, Effective Meetings, Learning Environments (Cognia)

Professional Service

Personalized Learning, Effective Meetings, Learning Environments (Cognia)

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Ms. Shanda Brand

Graduate Director
217A Kilpatrick Education Center