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Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

Program Details

The online EdS in Educational Leadership program from Georgia College and State University prepares students to plan, implement, assess, and reflect on a leadership change initiative by leading a professional teaching and learning organization to improved organizational culture and improved student learning over time. Graduates of the program possess the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Identify a significant problem in curriculum, instruction, and assessment documented in measurable student performance results over time that is owned by professionals in the organization and is a direct barrier to improved organizational culture and student learning
  • Lead a professional teaching and learning organization to develop and implement a plan to remove the immediate barrier, improve student learning, and implement change strategies to address the mental models of professionals over time for improved culture and sustainable change


  • Valid teaching certificate
  • Serve in a leadership position at either a P-12 school or Local Unit of Administration including RESAs, or, have a written agreement between Georgia College and the employer specifying that the candidate will be released from current duties for a portion of the school week sufficient to allow the candidate to complete residency requirements
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Official copies of all transcripts
  • A passing score for the Educator Ethics for Leadership GACE Test code 380
  • 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 3.25

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)