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 blended 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>

Which Educational Leadership program is right for me?
  Tier One Tier Two
Degree   Programs: 

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Program Length: 10 courses, 30  credits

Ed.S. in Educational Leadership   

Program Length: 11 courses, 33  credits

Certification-   Only    Programs: 

Non-degree, add-on, certification-only option for those  with Level 5 certification or higher (2-10 courses based on transcript  review)

Non-degree, add-on certification-only option for those with Level 6  certification or higher (2-1 courses based on transcript review) 

Clinical  Practice   Hours: 

250 clock hours 750 clock hours (job-embedded)
Eligibility   Requirements: 

 Level 4 or higher clear-renewable  educators certificate. Requires principal verification form.

  Tier One Leadership certification.  Must be in a leadership position as defined by the school system. Requires system verification form.


Results in Level 5 Leadership               certification (full degree and certification-only)

Eligible for: leadership positions up to assistant principal in building or district level positions that do not supervise other principals.

Results in Level 6 Leadership  certification (full degree and certification-only)

Eligible for: all leadership positions at building or district level


Each year, students come together on Mercer's 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 Leadership Academy includes breakout sessions to expose candidates to diverse ideas and methods, covering topics that complement and enhance the learning experience. 

Visit our Leadership Academy page for more information>

Learn more about our Master of Education in Educational Leadership (P-12) program

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6084 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu for more information.