M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier I)

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Shape the future of P–12 education with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Mercer University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership – Tier I will prepare you 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 educational leadership master’s program includes 250 clock hours of clinical practice. Gain experience synthesizing and applying knowledge, and practice and develop skills through meaningful field experiences that prepare you for educational leadership after graduation.

After graduating with your M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessment in Educational Leadership and the Educational Leadership GACE Georgia Ethics Assessment, you will be eligible to apply for Level 5 certification in Educational Leadership.

Aspiring educational leaders who hold a master’s degree or higher and Level 5 certification in a field other than educational leadership may pursue the Tier I program as a non-degree, certification-only option. Learn more.


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: 250 clock hours • Completion Time: 16 months


Engage in meaningful field experiences

Your hands-on learning experiences in this master’s level educational leadership graduate program will be unique to you and your specific career goals. You will work collaboratively with a mentor and faculty advisor to design a clinical practice program that aligns with your goals and priorities.

Explore M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – Tier I courses

Beyond coursework for the educational leadership master’s program, you will also collaborate with your peers and embed yourself in the field, where you will build valuable skills. You will also develop a deep understanding of educational leadership theory and bring that foundation into your practice via in-school experiences. Courses in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership include:

  • Leadership Clinical Internship I & II
  • Leadership in Today’s Schools
  • Managing the School Environment
  • School Law and Ethics
  • Technology for School Leaders

View course descriptions and program requirements for Mercer’s master’s level educational leadership graduate program to learn more.

Mercer University’s P–12 Tier I educational leadership program empowers you to lead

Earning your M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is the next step in your career toward pursuing a leadership role in a public or private school, at the school district level, in Georgia, or beyond.

Upon earning your M.Ed. from Mercer’s Tier I educational leadership graduate program, you will be prepared to pursue leadership positions in the building up to assistant principal, or any leadership position that does not directly supervise other leaders.

Learn more about our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier I)

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 cohort model truly made my experience what it was. We were able to have deep, meaningful conversations and discussions in class about educational leadership that meant more to me than anything I read in a textbook or covered on a test.

Darius Freeman
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P-12 Tier One)
Assistant Principal, Union Grove High School

Darius Freeman

I attribute my well-roundedness to Mercer. I was taught the art of teaching and instruction, but more importantly how to teach with my heart. I learned how to use case studies to research others’ successes or lack of success. I learned how to engage my community, and how to instruct to the “whole child,” but also how to lead by following.

Shenée Johnson Holloway
M.A.T. Secondary Education, '09 | M.Ed. Educational Leadership, '19

I knew I wanted to earn my Master of Education in Educational Leadership so that I was prepared for a leadership position in my district. I chose Mercer after an information session where faculty explained the support system Mercer offers, the real-world applications of the program, and how accessible professors are to students.

Sheri Tolar
M.Ed. Educational Leadership, '18
Assistant Principal, Parsons Elementary School

Mercer has given me the foundation to enhance my leadership skills, challenged me to be a risk taker, and encouraged me to build and sustain relationships. Through field experiences and being taught by former transformative leaders in education, I feel equipped to be successful in my career.

Janae' Cohen
M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership, '14 | Tier I Educational Leadership Certification, '18
Gifted Support Teacher, Henry County Schools

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Learn from experienced faculty

Mercer’s educational leadership program faculty bring experience in education and educational leadership to the classroom. Faculty have also studied and published research in the areas of social justice and equity, multiculturalism, and exceptional needs in early education.

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Advance your career with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P–12 Tier I)

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.

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.