M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier One)
College of Education
Become an educational leader
Mercer University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier One) prepares candidates for entry-level leadership positions up to the assistant principal within school leadership, or a variety of district-level leadership positions that do not supervise principals.
The 30-hour program consists of 250 clock hours of clinical practice that provide significant opportunities for aspiring educational leaders to synthesize and apply theoretical knowledge, and practice and develop the skills identified through meaningful field experiences cooperatively developed by the candidate, mentor, and faculty advisor. Completion of the program and passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessment in Educational Leadership, and on the Educational Leadership GACE Ethics Assessment, candidates will be eligible to apply for Level 5 certification in Educational Leadership.
Aspiring educational leaders who currently hold a master’s degree or higher, and Level 5 certification in a field other than Educational Leadership, may pursue the Tier One program as a non-degree, certification-only option. The number of courses needed for the certification-only option for Tier One are determined upon transcript review. Learn more
Completing a Tier I program will not ensure employment in a leadership position, nor will it guarantee a pay increase. According to Georgia law, individuals must be employed by a Local Unit of Administration (LUA) in a position that requires leadership certification in order to receive a pay increase based upon earning Tier I certification.
Designed for busy and working adults
Mercer’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is offered in a blended format. Classes meet during eight-week terms, and each course meets once per week at Mercer’s Atlanta location. In this program model, half of the class meetings for each course occur in the evenings at Mercer, and the other half of the class meetings are devoted to clinical practice hours at the candidate’s own school.
Expand your knowledge
Through program curriculum, students will gain knowledge in:
- Serving as a building- or system-level educational leader in Georgia’s schools
- Developing a great understanding of leadership theory
- Putting knowledge into practice through in-school experience
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.
Learn more about our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier One)
- Program Requirements
- Course Descriptions
- Tuition and Aid
- Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier One) Non-Degree Certification