When does the program start?

 The program begins once a year in the summer (May).

Where will the program be offered?

The M.Ed. in Independent and Charter School Leadership program is offered in a blended, hybrid format both online and at Mercer’s Atlanta and Macon campuses. 

Upon graduation from this program, what will I be qualified to do?

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Independent and Charter School Leadership program will be qualified to seek leadership and administrative roles within Independent Schools and Charter Schools which do not require specific certification levels established by the Georgia PSC.

Who may apply?

 The M.Ed. in Independent and Charter School Leadership provides students a broad-based, scholarly foundation in the organization, structure, administration, and governance of Independent and Charter Schools. The program is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds:

   professional adults currently employed by an Independent or Charter school who seek to improve and enhance job performance, assume greater leadership responsibility, and/or become eligible for consideration for positions for which an advanced degree is required

   professional adults currently employed in Georgia’s public school systems who seek to move into the field of Independent and Charter schools

   current and recent undergraduates, who seek a career as a leader and administrator with an Independent or Charter school

   working adults in a field related to education who seek to make a career change to that field.

What are the criteria for admission?

Required Application Materials

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minmum overal undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • A typed narrative of career and academic goals
  • Two official copies of all transcripts
  • Completed application and fee (waived for current Mercer students)
  • A current vita or résumé
  • Three professional letters of recommendation, including one from the candidate's supervisor

Possible Additional Application Materials:

  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may submit an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report as strong evidence of the ability to complete graduate coursework. The exam must have been taken after August 1, 2011, and the target scores are 146 on the verbal, 141 on the quantitative, and 3.5 on the analytical writing sections; the target combined score in GRE’s previous format is 800 or better on the combined verbal and quantitative sections.*
    *Note: GRE test scores are waived for students with at least a 2.75 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Faculty interview–qualified applicants will participate in an applicant interview with program faculty.

How long will it take?

The program can be completed in 12 months.

Can I keep my job and do this program?

Yes, all classes will be offered in the evenings (5:00 to 9:30 pm)over 16-week semesters during the school year with 8-week sessions each summer.  A structured internship  is required.

How much does it cost? 

Is there financial aid available for this program?

 Generally, loans are available for graduate programs.  To receive financial aid, students must be fully admitted to the program.  Students who are provisionally admitted will not be eligible for aid. Specific financial aid questions should be directed to financial aid counselors at the following locations:

Atlanta:          678-547-6400

Macon:           478-301-2670

How do I get more information on the program?

To get more information or an application packet, visit our website: http://education.mercer.edu/ or request information at MercerEducation@mercer.edu.  Regularly-scheduled information session dates may be found at http://workingadults.mercer.edu/sessions/, and prospective students are encouraged to visit with us during one of those sessions.