Ed. S. in

Educational Leadership

(Tier II Certification)

Online 27 credit hours * 5 semesters

Repayment after graduation as low as


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Now Accepting Applications for August
New Program - Educational Leadership Offered As M.Ed./Ed. S./ Certification Only

Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet online synchronous every-other-week

Can be completed in 5 semesters

Candidates take one class at a time

No weekend classes


The program is highly professionally oriented, and candidates for the program are expected to currently be employed in a professional role in an organization providing professional educational services (e.g., school, district office, regional educational service agency, department of education). All courses require job-embedded field experiences to provide a synthesis of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for today’s educational leader. At the conclusion of the program, candidates will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to lead schools to higher levels of achievement for all students.

What You Learn

The Ed. S. in Educational Leadership prepares candidates with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to effectively lead schools, districts, and educational agencies. Applicants accepted into the program and completing all degree requirements, will be eligible for a Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Tier II Leadership Certification. The Ed. S. in Educational Leadership (Tier II) certifies the educator to serve as a principal or in a district position that supervises principals.

How You Learn

The EdS in Educational Leadership (Tier II) is a 27 hour program that can be completed in 5 semesters. Each course is 8 weeks in length and meets online synchronous every-other-week. Candidates take one class at a time.

Career Outcomes

The Ed. S. in Educational Leadership (Tier II) certifies the educator to serve as a principal or in a district position that supervises principals.

Degree Requirements

Course # Title Hours
EDU 676 Culturally Responsive Leadership 3
EDU 677 Facilitating Professional Learning Development in a Collaborative Culture 3
EDU 678 Leadership Development 3
EDU 679 Utilizing Data to Lead School Improvement 3
EDU 682 Leading from a Culture of Care 3
EDU 683 Ethical and Legal Resource Management 3
EDU 684 Leading Curriculum and instruction for Educational Change 3
EDU 685 Advanced Educational Research for School Leaders 3
EDU 686 Organizational Management 3
  Total Hours: 27
Please Note:

This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.

Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission by the prospective Graduate Council. Any candidate provisionally admitted may be required to take a 3-credit hour writing course, and other requirements may be prescribed by the Division and/or Graduate Council.

NOTE: An interview may be required. If so, the candidate will be contacted by the program to set up the interview.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Hold a master’s degree or higher in a relevant field from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Present a current Georgia Tier I Educational Leadership certificate or hold a valid, GaPSC issued Standard Professional L or PL certificate in Educational Leadership.
  3. Report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all graduate coursework in fulfillment of the requirements for the latest graduate degree and any additional graduate coursework.
  4. Have a minimum of three years of teaching and/or administrative experience.
  5. Hold a leadership position or role as defined by the Candidate’s District or Independent/Charter school.
  6. Present a clear background check. TU recognizes a combination of a copy of the Candidate’s current state teaching certificate and verification of current employment via a signed Mentor Form as adequate proof for a background check.
  7. International students seeking admission into a graduate program must refer to international admissions for additional required documents.

Along with proof of the above criteria, prospective candidates are required to submit the following along with their application for Graduate Admissions:

  1. A personal statement of career and educational objectives, including the rationale for pursuing a graduate degree (maximum two pages). Applicants must explain the circumstances surrounding any ethics reprimand on their certificates and/or a GPA below 2.75.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions where a degree was awarded and all institutions where graduate coursework was completed, even if a degree was not awarded attended, to be forwarded directly from the schools attended to the Thomas University Office of Admissions.
  3. Three professional references (at least one from a building or system level administrator).
  4. Completed Mentor form.
  5. Completed School System Endorsement Form.
  6. A signed Partnership Agreement between TU and the Candidate’s School District or Independent/Charter School/District if there is not one on file.