Required Application Materials Include:

Completed Online Application
$30 Application Fee
Georgia teaching and/or leadership certification
All Official College transcript(s)
Documented teaching experience, minimum three years
Verifiable school leadership role or position (eligibility varies by school system)
Current vita or resume
Three Letters of Recommendation
GACE Ethics Assessment completion certificate
Career and academic goal narrative
Writing sample
Possible interview


Admission Standards

Application – Complete online Application for Admission.

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Application Fee - Please include the $30 application fee ($50 for international applicants) in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University.  Bank or credit cards are accepted, please do not send cash. The application fee is waived for Mercer students or alumni.

The application fee is nonrefundable, cannot be applied toward tuition. 

Teaching experience documentation – Applicants must submit documentation of at least three years of certified school experience.

Georgia teaching and/or leadership certification – Submit a copy of current Georgia (level 5 or higher) teaching and/or leadership certification.

College transcript(s) – Applicants must submit an official transcript(s) from ALL colleges/universities previously attended.  Documentation of an earned master’s degree (or higher) in an approved field from an accredited university is required. Submit your trancript(s) electronically at

Verifiable school leadership role or position - Applicants must submit documentation that they hold a school leadership role or position, as defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.   For performance-based applicants, this must be verified by the appropriate designated school system representative (not the site principal). 

Current vita or resume – Submit a copy of current vita or resume. 

Letters of recommendation – Applicants must submit three official letters of recommendation. One of these must be from a school system supervisor.

GACE Ethics Assessment completion certificate – Candidates must show documentation of taking or passing the GACE Ethics Assessment for Educational Leadership prior to beginning the program.

Career and academic goal narrative – Submit a signed and dated narrative of career and academic goals.

Writing sample – Complete a writing sample. This can be completed at the same visit as the interview.

Applicants will also participate in an applicant interview with program faculty. 

Application materials may be mailed to:


Mercer University
Tift College of Education
Educational Leadership Admissions

3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30341


Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

A.Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed evaluation report with your application.

B.Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

C.Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D.Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.

E.Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

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