Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier II)

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Earn your specialist degree in educational leadership

Whether your goal is to advance in an administrative track, manage school initiatives as an education specialist, or supervise a school district in a superintendent position, Mercer University’s Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership – Tier II will prepare you to lead the future of P–12 learning in Georgia.

An education specialist degree from Mercer is your next step toward meeting the growing need for highly skilled school leaders in schools and communities in Georgia. A specialist degree in educational leadership sets you apart in the field by developing current education leaders in leadership theory. This program also fine-tunes practical skills via diverse field experiences to support the needs of faculty, staff, students, and the community.

Mercer’s flexible education specialist degree program is designed with the needs of educators in current leadership positions in mind, so earning your Ed.S. is within reach.


Format: Blended (combination of online and on-campus) Start Terms: January, May, and August Application Deadlines: December 15, May 1, and August 1 • Course Length: 8 weeks • Field Experience: 750 clock hours (job-embedded) • Completion Time: 24 months


Mercer’s education specialist degree reflects the latest standards

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Tier II is aligned with the latest national standards in educational leadership as established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and in accordance with the standards established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). This degree represents Tier Two of the Educational Leadership structure in Georgia, and those holding this level of certification are eligible for any leadership position at the building or district level. The program is also aligned to the Leader Keys Effectiveness System and the Georgia Leadership Standard Assessment.

Your P–12 Tier II education specialist degree turns practice into purpose

The specialist degree in educational leadership program includes 750 clock hours of rigorous, performance-based clinical field experiences that provide significant opportunities for you to synthesize, practice, develop, and apply your knowledge, skills, and disposition.

Upon completing Mercer’s education specialist degree program and obtaining passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content assessment, those holding Level 6 certification are eligible for all leadership positions at the building and district levels.

Explore Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Tier II courses

Mercer’s program is designed for current P–12 educational leaders who have completed Tier I Educational Leadership certification or the equivalent. The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership with Tier II certification aims to further shape educational leaders. Courses prepare dynamic building- and system-level leaders and adhere to the latest state and national standards in educational leadership.

Some Ed.S. in Educational Leadership courses include:

  • Effective Human Resources Practices
  • Facilitating Professional Learning and Development
  • The Principalship and Superintendency
  • School, Community, and Society

Significant and meaningful coursework is complemented with real-world experiences partnering with public schools and agencies to improve leadership development and skills.

View Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Tier II course descriptions and program requirements.

An Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Tier II degree can influence your career path

After earning your Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, you will be prepared to meet the growing demand for highly skilled school leaders in Georgia and make an impact as a leader for your colleagues, students, their families, and the community. Graduates are prepared to effectively manage and lead schools and school districts.

Learn more about our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier II)

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.

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Learn from experienced education specialist degree program faculty

While earning your education specialist degree, you will have the full support of Mercer’s diverse, highly credentialed faculty.

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Become an impactful educational leader

Ready to take the next step? Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6084 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu to learn more.

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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.