May 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership Tier II Certification Only

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6888

Program Description 

The Educational Leadership Performance-Based Certification Only program is offered by the Department of Educational Leadership in the Bagwell College of Education and the Professional Teacher Education Unit.  Georgia’s distributed leadership concept calls for the collaboration of teacher leaders in the classroom with executive leaders in administration to improve their schools and student learning at the K-12 level. The program’s courses, experiences, and assessments are tightly aligned with eight key performance outcomes that are consistent with Georgia’s initiatives to improve schools and increase student learning through data-driven reforms and sustained change.  

Admission Requriements

Expected qualifications for applicants to be considered for admission will include:

  • Candidates must hold Tier I entry level certification or hold a valid, GaPSC-issued Standard Professional L or PL certificate in Educational Leadership;
  • Serve in a leadership position at either the P-12 school or LUA level (or agency or organization equivalent to LUA level) that will enable the candidate to fully meet the program’s residency requirements. A partnership agreement shall be established with the employing LUA, agency, or organization of each enrolled candidate for the purpose of ensuring candidates will be able to meet Tier II level residency requirements. 
  • Candidates who do not serve in a leadership position as described above may be enrolled if the EPP and employer establish a formal, written agreement specifying the candidate will be released from other responsibilities for a portion of the school week sufficient in length to allow the candidate to participate in and successfully complete residency performances. Employees of state education or human service agencies, RESAs, universities or technical colleges, and employees of education or human service non-profit organizations may also pursue Tier II leadership certification as long as the employer has established a partnership with a GaPSC approved EPP and in the partnership agreement agrees to meet all requirements and guidelines accompanying this rule.
  • The LUA or agency or organization equivalent to LUA level will provide mentor who will work as a member of the candidate’s support team.


Applicants to the program must submit the following:

  1. Official transcripts of all college coursework, undergraduate and graduate.  
  2. Evidence of completion of Master degree or its equivalent in a related field. 
  3. All relevant professional teaching and/or administrative certificates.
  4. Professional Profile (Appendix A) detailing related professional qualifications. 
  5. Reflections on Leadership for Learning (Appendix B). 
  6. Official request for consideration of transfer courses (Appendix C).  

Program of Study

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