Educational Leadership

Ed.S. Educational Leadership

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership is designed to meet the growing demand for highly-skilled school leaders in Georgia. The program prepares dynamic building-level and system-level leaders for Georgia's schools who will be transformational in the professional community.

The specialist degree in Educational Leadership is aligned with the latest national standards in educational leadership, as established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and in accordance with the standards established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). The degree program includes two tracks: one for building-level P-12 school leaders and another for system-level P-12 school leaders on a performance-based option (33 hours, leads to Level 6 certification eligibility).

 Educational Leadership Certification-Only

Tift College of Education also offers a graduate-level, Educational Leadership Certification-Only program to students who: hold a Specialist's (or higher) degree in education from an accredited college or university, hold current Georgia educational leadership certification, are employed in a leadership role or position (as defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission), and are approved by the employer to pursue performance-based certification (Level 6 or Level 7) eligibility. Learn more>> 


Evening face-face classes meet one evening a week from 5:00 to 9:45; some coursework may be offered in a hybrid classroom or online format. Locations where the program is offered include:

  • Atlanta
  • Henry
  • Macon


Every year on the first Saturday in March, Mercer's Atlanta and Macon educational leadership students come together on the Atlanta campus to network and learn from experts in educational leadership. This includes the cohorts from the M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs. The Academy includes breakout sessions to expose candidates to diverse ideas and methods on topics that complement and enhance the learning experience. 

Visit our Leadership Academy page for more information>