- Georgia Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership.
- One major part of the Educational Leadership program is logging 300 hours of clinical leadership experience. This requires you to assume leadership positions in your school and/or district. You will be responsible for working with your mentor to identify and participate in these experiences. Describe how you will be able to complete those hours.
- Two letters of recommendation (one from the school administrator).
- Minimum of three years of experience in school or educational setting.
- Employment in a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational setting.
- Official transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA.
3 semesters at 2 courses per semester (6 total courses; 18 total semester hours) • 300 clinical hours
All required classes to earn a certificate can be completed online.
Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements
- Fall: July 15
- Spring: November 15
- Summer: April 15
Educational Leadership, Tier I Certificate
The online Tier I Educational Leadership Certificate program is for those with an education-related master’s degree who are passionate about leading and ready to take the next step towards becoming an entry-level leader in a school or school district such as an assistant principal. The courses introduce students to educational leadership theory and practice. Students participate in 300 hours of varied leadership experiences supported by a school or district mentor in addition to completing advanced coursework. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a program certificate from the Board of Regents and will be eligible to apply to the Professional Standards Commission for a Tier I Educational Leadership add-on certificate.
Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Faculty
Faculty members have served in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade positions:
- Classroom teacher
- Assistant principal
- Curriculum supervisor
- Curriculum director
- Assistant superintendent
- Area/associate superintendent
- Georgia Department of Education director
Faculty serve in leadership positions of professional organizations throughout the country:
- UCEA- University Council for Educational Administration
- COPIS- Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision
- CASTLE- Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education
- CEDAR- Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform
- GAEL- Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
- GASSP- Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals
- GELFA- Georgia Educational Leadership Faculty Association
- CIES- Comparative and International Education Society
Faculty publish research in top journals:
- Educational Administration Quarterly
- Journal of Educational Administration
- Journal of School Leadership
- Educational Policy
- Education Policy Analysis Archives
- NASSP Bulletin
- Journal of Research on Leadership Education
- AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice
- Peabody Journal of Education
Faculty research interests include:
- School technology leadership
- Inclusive leadership
- Artificial intelligence
- Network analysis
- Democratic education
- Educational policy and politics
- Equitable education
- International educational leadership
- 18 semester hours (6 courses) to prepare aspiring leaders for issues, research, and best practices related to leading in a school or school district
- 300 hours of clinical leadership experiences in schools and districts
- Tier I is the entry-level Educational Leadership certification. Educators certified in this field may work in school-level leadership positions below the principal and district-level leadership positions that do not supervise principals.
- Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a university certificate from the Board of Regents, and they will be eligible to apply for Georgia’s Tier I Educational Leadership certification from the Georgia Standards Commission.
- Students who complete the program will meet the competencies required in Georgia’s Leader Keys Effectiveness System
- They will also meet the competencies required in the National Professional Standards for Educational Leaders
There are two options for the Tier I Add-On Certificate Program:
- Totally online
- Blended (Five class meetings each semester face to face at Atlanta campus; the remainder of the weeks are online, asynchronous)
- Georgia State's Tier 1 Program is PSC-approved, meeting Georgia’s PSC Tier 1 Certification requirements.
- School level — Assistant principal, assistant administrator, instructional coach.
- District level — Instructional coordinator/supervisor, curriculum coordinator/supervisor, program coordinator/supervisor.
- Assistant principal — $85,173 median annual salary in Georgia (salary.com).