Ed.S. - The Accomplished Teacher

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Expand your ability to develop students and earn your Ed.S. degree

Your passion for instilling knowledge and skills in today’s youth continues driving you to expand your own. Pursue a focused education through Mercer University’s Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) – The Accomplished Teacher degree to upgrade your certification and better meet the needs of students. Designed for educators certified at the master’s (T-5) level, Mercer’s online Ed.S. degree program will prepare you to advance your career and reach your goals through concentrations in:

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Secondary Education
  • P–12 Education

Through the advanced teacher education program, you will gain a greater depth of knowledge relating to issues of:

  • Curriculum assessment and development
  • Diversity
  • Pedagogy
  • Theory and research

Successful completion of the online education specialist degree in Georgia will lead to eligibility for an upgrade to a Level 6 certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), opening doors to a brighter future for you and those you teach.


Format: Online Start Terms: May and August Application Deadlines: August 1 and May 1 Course Length: 8 and 16 weeks • Completion Time: 16 months


Your Ed.S. degree – The Accomplished Teacher program experience

Mercer’s specialist degree in education was designed with working educators in mind. The Accomplished Teacher Ed.S. program is delivered 100% online—to help you meet your goals wherever you are. Balance your education with your classroom and other personal priorities, and complete all courses online.

Explore The Accomplished Teacher Ed.S. degree courses

The P–12 classroom continues to grow more complex. Mercer’s Ed.S. degree curriculum rises to the challenge, delivering advanced knowledge in foundational areas and highlighting today’s trends and issues. It also provides flexibility so that you can choose courses that align with your interests and goals. These may include:

  • Advanced Coaching
  • Advanced Professional and Ethical Practices in P–12 Education
  • Culturally and Educationally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Play-based Learning in Elementary Environments
  • Teaching Strategies and Classroom Environment for Active Learning

View course descriptions and program requirements for the education specialist degree in Georgia.

What can you do with an education specialist degree?

Upon graduation from Mercer’s Ed.S. degree program, you will be recognized as an accomplished teacher, a dynamic educator, and a:

  • Advocate for students and families
  • Collaborative team player
  • Effective communicator
  • Lifelong learner
  • Reflective practitioner

In addition, school administrators will value you for your strong commitments to ethics and to creating healthy environments for your students.

By earning your educational specialist degree in Georgia, you may also qualify for advanced career opportunities throughout the state, especially when you also earn an endorsement.

Learn more about our Specialist in Education – The Accomplished Teacher program

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.

The incredible faculty of Mercer has mentored me, and many times over, has shown what humanity and service are. I have learned lifelong truths that have empowered me with broad knowledge and transferable skills. Moreover, I have been equipped with the talent of listening and evaluating each situation with an open mind and fairness.

William Phillips
B.S.Ed., '10 | M.Ed., '12 | Ed.S. Elementary Education, '21
6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Villa Rica Middle School

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Learn from experienced faculty

At Mercer, you will have the full support of expert faculty in our specialist degree in education. Faculty have served in P–12 education and understand the challenges and rewards of your work.

Students in the online teacher education program will also have opportunities to connect with accessible faculty who are willing to provide feedback and ideas to support you along your journey.

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Become an accomplished teacher with Mercer

Maximize your potential as an educator with The Accomplished Teacher Ed.S. degree. Take the next step and 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.