M.Ed. Educational Leadership (P-12)

Mercer's Master of Education in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare individuals for Tier One Educational Leadership Certification in Georgia. Upon completion of the Tier One, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program and passing scores on GACE content assessments, graduates of this program are eligible to apply for Level 5 certification in Educational Leadership. Students learn to become transformational leaders and will be eligible for leadership positions at the level of Assistant Principal or below within the building, or any leadership position at the district level that does not supervise principals.


The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is offered in a 50/50 hybrid format, with each individual class lasting eight weeks and meeting once per week at our Atlanta, Macon and Henry County locations. Students are admitted three times per year for the Fall (August), Spring (January) and Summer (May) terms. In this model, half of the class meetings for each course occur in the evenings at Mercer, and half of the class meetings are devoted to clinical practice hours at the candidate's own school.

Tier One Educational Leadership Certification-Only

Tift College of Education also offers a non-degree, Tier One Educational Leadership Certification-Only program. This program is open to students who hold a Master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university, and a current Level 5 Georgia certificate in any field. Learn more>


Each year on a 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 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>

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