Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership

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Become a teacher leader

Elevate your education and career in teacher leadership with Mercer University’s Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Teacher Leadership. This teacher leader program is designed for certified educators who want to increase their instructional and leadership skills beyond the master’s level.

This performance-based program ensures that current educators preparing for a teacher leadership role will develop the skills necessary to serve as leaders, mentors, and coaches for other educators. Completion of the program and a passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessment for Teacher Leadership leads to eligibility for an upgrade to Level 6 certification and adds the new field of Teacher Leadership by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

A portfolio and online teacher leader network will assist you as you transform into a highly effective leader and prepare to meet today’s education challenges. Other support elements available to you in the education specialist degree program include coaches, candidate support teams, and individual growth plans.


Format: Blended (combination of online and on-campus) Start Term: August Application Deadline: August 1 • Course Length: 8 or 16 weeks • Field Experience: One credit hour residency course per term • Completion Time: 12 months


Your Mercer Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership degree experience

Mercer’s education specialist degree in teacher leadership is designed to be flexible, allowing you to earn your teacher leader program degree while working full-time and maintaining personal commitments.

Expand your offerings by earning embedded endorsements

Through the teacher leadership program curriculum, you will complete courses necessary to earn an in-field Coaching endorsement and Teacher Leader endorsement. Both endorsements equip you with the skills to use performance assessment data to guide, mentor, and lead a variety of teachers and educators, and they are both approved by the GaPSC.

Develop and implement practical teacher leadership skills

Through our education specialist degree program in teacher leadership, you will learn how to put practical skills into action to lead teachers, education staff, schools, and other organizations. Mercer’s Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership curriculum will develop your expertise in:

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

View course descriptions and program requirements for the Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership to learn more.

Advance your career with the Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership

Mercer’s Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership degree program will help you achieve your career goals. As a teacher leader program graduate, you will be prepared to pursue a career path as a teacher leader, mentor, and coach. Our program graduates have exceled in positions such as:

  • Academic Coach
  • Department Chair
  • Instructional Coach
  • Lead Teacher
  • Mentor-Teacher
  • PLC Coordinator

Learn more about our Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6062 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu for more information.

Mercer has amazing professors. I was able to apply the skills that I was learning at Mercer in my classroom. Every year, I go into my classroom with two things in mind: teaching and showing my students their worth.

Telecia Mangham
M.Ed., '19 | Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership, '21

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Learn from experienced faculty

Through Mercer’s Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership degree program, you will learn from our expert professors. Our faculty members are active, dedicated professionals and experts in their fields who devote themselves to expanding your understanding of the education field. Faculty members act as mentors to ensure you receive the highest-quality Ed.S. education to prepare you for your teacher leadership role.

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Take the next step toward your Ed.S. degree

We’re here to answer any questions you have and help you with the application process. Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6084 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu to learn more.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.