Educational Leadership Certification

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) and Tier Two Educational Leadership Certification (Level 6) eligibility in Georgia. Students learn to further leadership skills and attain professional growth in the field of education.

Non-Degree, Tier One Educational Leadership Certification

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
  • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended:

Official transcript(s) from an institution may be sent electronically using one of the following services: EScript, Docufide or Parchment.

  • Copy of current Georgia (level 5 or higher) educator certificate
  • Official GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Certificate of Completion for GACE Ethics for Educational Leaders Assessment – Program Entry (370)
  • Current vita or résumé
  • Two official letters of recommendation
  • Signed Principal Verification Form
  • Narrative of career and academic goals

The admission requirements model those of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P-12) degree program.

The Tier One Educational Leadership program is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta, Henry County 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.

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Non-Degree, Tier Two Educational Leadership Certification

To be eligible for the Non-degree, Tier Two initial certification program, you must hold a valid Level 6 Educator Certificate and Level 5 Leadership certification.

Applicants must submit:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee (waived for current Mercer students and Mercer graduates)
  • Specialist in Education degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended:

Official transcript(s) from an institution may be sent electronically using one of the following services: EScript, Docufide or Parchment.

  • Copy of Georgia teaching and leadership certification
  • Official GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Certificate of Completion for GACE Ethics Assessment
  • Current vita or résumé
  • Three official letters of recommendation
  • Signed system recommendation/verification form
  • Leadership certification
  • Narrative of career and academic goals

The admission requirements model those of the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership degree program.

The Tier Two Educational Leadership program is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta, Henry County 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.

Which Educational Leadership program is right for me?
  Tier One Tier Two
Degree   Programs: 

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Program Length: 10 courses, 30  credits

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership   

Program Length: 11 courses, 33  credits

Certification-    Only    Programs:  

Non-degree, add-on, certification-only option for those  with Level 5 certification or higher (2-10 courses based on transcript  review)

Non-degree, add-on certification-only option for those with Level 6  certification or higher (2-1 courses based on transcript review) 

Clinical   Practice   Hours:  

250 clock hours 750 clock hours (job-embedded)
Eligibility   Requirements: 

Level 4 or higher clear-renewable  educators certificate. Requires principal verification form.

Tier One Leadership certification.  Must be in a leadership position as defined by the school system. Requires system verification form.

Outcomes:  

Results in Level 5 Leadership               certification (full degree and certification-only)

Eligible for: leadership positions up to assistant principal in building or district level positions that do not supervise other principals.

Results in Level 6 Leadership  certification (full degree and certification-only)

Eligible for: all leadership positions at building or district level

 

Ready to take the next step? Select your preferred location below and schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment: