Dec 05, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership Tier I Certification Only

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This program is in accordance with the new leadership standards and outcomes required for licensure in Georgia by the Professional Standards Commission. Tier I is a preparation program that may be completed through a masters degree or a certification only program. Admission to Tier I is open to any individual who meets the admission requirements of the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP). Admission requirements will comply with limits set by the university and for public EPPs within the limits set by the Board of Regents. 
Admission to and completion of Tier I does not ensure employment in a leadership position. Under state law, completion of an approved Tier I program will not lead to additional pay until employed by a Local Unit of Administration (LUA) in a leadership position that requires Tier I certification.
EPPs may limit admission based upon program capacity; in other words, admission may be limited if a provider caps enrollment based on various resources including the ability to place candidates with trained mentors.

The Certificate Only option in Educational Leadership provides candidates with the content knowledge necessary meet PSC requirements for Tier I Educational Leadership certification. It is an eighteen (18) hour program.

The Certificate Only program is aligned with standards adopted by the GaPSC. The program is highly professionally oriented, and candidates for the program are expected to currently be employed in an organization providing professional educational services (e.g., school, regional educational service agency, department of education). Field activities incorporate practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for today’s educational leader. 


  • Bachelor’s degree (or Master’s degree for certification only)
  • Employment role in an organization providing educational services
  • 2.75 GPA in bachelor’s degree coursework or most recent graduate degree
  • Agreement of professionally-qualified supervisor to serve as a mentor during the program.
  • GRE or MAT required
  • Transcripts from each college attended
  • 2 Years of Teaching Experience
  • Professional Resume
  • Reference Form (online)
  • Mentor Form (online)

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