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Teacher Leadership

Ed.S. Teacher Leadership

The Specialist in Education in Teacher Leadership is an advanced degree program designed for certified teachers at the master's level who want to develop their skills as teacher leaders within their grade levels and schools (P-12). This performance-based degree program seeks to achieve a proper balance between the experiences required for training a specialist and those required for development as a professional educator working with other educators. Completion of the program and a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment for Teacher Leadership will lead to eligibility for Level 6 certification in Teacher Leadership by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

A Teacher Leadership Portfolio and Online Teacher Leader Network will assist candidates as they transform into highly effective teacher leaders prepared to meet today's challenges. Other support elements include coaches, candidate support teams, and individual growth plans.


Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to: 

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of curriculum and apply this knowledge to the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to standards
  • Model best practices in pedagogy and serve as a mentor and coach for other educators
  • Work with others to design and implement assessment practices and analyze data for monitoring and improving teaching and learning through data-informed decision making
  • Expand theoretical and practical knowledge of teachers with an understanding of the social-cultural, legal, political, and philosophical forces that influence the school environment


The Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership program is delivered in a hybrid format and may be completed in four semesters (approximately 16 months). In this delivery format, two seminars are required per semester in the Fall and Spring (no seminars are scheduled during the Summer semester), with the rest of the material being delivered online. Seminars are scheduled on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and are held on the Atlanta campus. Faculty are available for individual meetings as needed. Online components of the program are completed in Canvas, Mercer's course management system.