To be eligible for the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Teacher Leadership program, applicants must hold a master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all previous graduate work attempted. Applicants must also possess a valid Level 5 or higher professional, advanced professional, or lead professional teaching certificate, leadership, service, or life certificate, and provide documentation of one year of relevant experience as a certified educator. Candidates must also be recommended by their school system.

Required Application Materials Include:

Completed Online Application
$30 Application Fee
Copy of Level 5 Certificate
Official College transcript(s)
Teaching Experience Documentation
Recommendation from School System

Possible Additional Application Materials Include:
Official sealed GRE or test score report(s) if undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 to serve as strong evidence of the ability to complete
graduate coursework.*
Possible faculty interview
*NOTE: GRE and MAT test scores are waived for students with a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Standards

Application – Complete online application for admission


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. 

Copy of master’s level certificate – Include a copy of master’s level certificate.
College transcript(s) - Applicants must submit one official sealed transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript. Submit your transcript(s) electronically at
Certified educator experience documentation – Applicants must submit documentation of at least three years of successful experience.
School Leadership Recommendation – A recommendation from the applicant’s school leadership.

Application materials may be mailed to:

Mercer University
Tift College of Education - Graduate Teacher Education 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 sealed 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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