Educational Leadership Certificate

The Educational Leadership certification program prepares transformational leaders outside of the classroom. For those not looking to add an additional degree, Mercer University offers a non-degree, certification-only option to prepare students for Tier One Educational Leadership Certification (Level 5) eligibility in Georgia. Students learn to further leadership skills and attain professional growth in the field of education. 

Non-Degree, Tier One Educational Leadership 

To be eligible for the Tier One initial certification program, you must hold a valid Level 5 Educator Certificate and have at least three years’ experience in the school system.

 Applicants must submit:

  • Online application
  • $25 application fee (waived for current Mercer students and Mercer graduates)
  • Master’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
  • Two official copies of transcripts from ALL colleges/universities previously attended
  • Copy of current Georgia (level 5 or higher) teaching and/or leadership certification
  • Official GRE scores (those up to 5 years may be submitted)
  • Certificate of Completion for GACE Ethics for Educational Leaders Assessment – Entry
  • Current vita or résumé
  • Two official letters of recommendation
  • Signed Principal Verification Form
  • Signed and dated narrative of career and academic goals
  • Writing sample

The admission requirements model those of the M.Ed. Educational Leadership (P-12) degree program. For more information on the M.Ed. Educational Leadership (P-12) program, click here>

The Tier One Educational Leadership program is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta, Henry and Macon locations. All program coursework is delivered in a flexible, hybrid format combining on campus meetings with on-site clinical practice hours. Students are admitted three times a year for the Fall (August), Spring (January) and Summer (May) terms, which provides students the flexibility and convenience to continue working while earning their degree at their pace.

Program requires a minimum enrollment for each location and start date to begin a cohort.