Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Teacher Leadership

Hybrid or 100% Online 34 credit hours * 20 months

Affordable Tuition

$188/mo

*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Blended classroom instruction or fully synchronous online for multiple learning styles

20 month completion time, including breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes

For

Certified teachers with a desire to become leaders and mentors who are critical thinkers and reflective decision-makers in their schools. Candidates admitted to the Ed. S. degree in Teacher Leadership must hold a Master’s degree and must possess a Georgia professional T-4 or higher certificate or comparable professional certificate in another state and have 3 years certified teaching experience.

The purpose of this program is to prepare classroom teachers to develop as leaders in their schools and school systems who will facilitate the design and implementation of sustained, intensive, and job-embedded professional learning in their schools and school systems. Completers also possess the understandings that enable them to use fundamental research methods to address educational problems and assume leadership roles beyond the classroom.

How You Learn

This program is available in two formats: blended or synchronous online. You will select the option that you prefer.

Blended Option: This is a blended cohort. For five nights out of each 8-week course, a face-to-face or online class session will be held from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m.. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class.  Following this schedule, you will complete the program in less than 2 years.

Synchronous Online Option: This is a fully online cohort. For five nights out of each 8-week course, an online class session will be held from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. during which you are required to sign in and actively participate. These synchronous online class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class.  Following this schedule, you will complete the program in less than 2 years.

*Students must report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 or an identified writing deficiency may be considered for provisional admission. Provisionally admitted students may be required to take one or more writing classes prior to or during the first semester. Decisions about additional admission requirements are determined by the University Graduate Council after a complete review of all materials presented by the applicant.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership. Recommendation for a Service (S) certificate P-12 requires a passing score on the Teacher Leadership GACE.

Degree Requirements

Advanced Professional Knowledge:

Course #TitleHours
EDU 603Best Practices in Teaching and Learning3
EDU 613Curriculum Design and Development for Student Achievement3
 Hours:6

Research and Inquiry Skills:

Course #TitleHours
EDU 619Action Research for the Teacher Leader3
EDU 617Using Data to Improve Schools3
 Hours:6

Professional and Ethical Practice:

Course #TitleHours
EDU 601Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education1
EDU 602Teacher as Leader and Mentor3
EDU 611Leading the Professional Learning Community3
EDU 615Educational Law3
EDU 616Educational Reform3
EDU 618Building Collaborative Teams3
EDU 630Teacher Leadership Residency I3
EDU 631Teacher Leadership Residency II3
 Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions0
 Hours:22
 Total Program Hours:34
Note:

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

Candidates must also meet the following requirements:

  • The name of a school-based mentor to serve on the Candidate Support Team throughout the program.