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Education - Educational Leadership, Specialist

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
Carrollton, GA, United States
he 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.
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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.

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 Education - Educational Leadership program:

  • Full-time faculty that are both scholars and practitioners,
  • Relevant and job-embedded residency,
  • Convenience: Program can be completed in three semesters and only a few face to face sessions,
  • High expectiations with strong support and faculty engagement for student-learning,
  • Cost-effective

Learning Objectives

  • Build a shared vision of student success and well-being.
  • Champion and support instruction and assessment that maximizes student learning and achievement.
  • Manage and develop staff members' professional skills and practives in order to drive student learning and achievement
  • Cultivate a caring and inclusive school community dedicated to student learning, academic success and the personal well-being of every student.
  • Coordinate resources, time, structures and roles effectively to build the instructional capacity of teachers and other staff.
  • Engage families and the outside community to promote and support student success .
  • Administer and manage operations efficiently and effectively.


This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    27 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Leadership Residency Lab
  • Instructional Leadership for Improving
  • School Finance and Resource Management
  • Ethics in Educational Leadership
  • School Leadership in a Pluralistic and Diverse Society

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admittance Guidelines
  • Must have "Tier 1", "L", or "PL" Certification
  • 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 Test 370
  • Copy of valid Georgia leadership certificate
  • Written partnership with school district

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16821 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    33642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16821 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • In-State

    20160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10080 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Carrollton

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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