Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, P-12 School Leadership
College of Education
Become a scholar, researcher, and leader in P-12 school leadership
Mercer University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership, P-12 School Leadership prepares candidates to become leaders in P-12 schools and other educational organizations by helping them grow professionally. The P-12 School Leadership track is designed for school, district, state, or national leaders and blends theory and practice to cultivate transforming leaders.
Upon completion of this program and a passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessment for Educational Leadership, eligible candidates with Tier II Leadership certification will be recommended for a Level 7 certificate in Educational Leadership. This program does not lead to initial Educational Leadership certification.
Earn your Tier II certification at the same time
Ph.D. students on the P-12 School Leadership track may choose an option to earn their Tier II certification while enrolled in the Ph.D. program. Any candidate enrolling in a Tier II program who did not pass the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment prior to enrolling in a Tier I program must pass the assessment prior to beginning Tier II program coursework.
Expand your knowledge
Through program curriculum, candidates will gain knowledge in:
- Understanding the importance of education in society and of the significance of leaders and the effects they have on society
- Skills required for successful careers in leadership in schools, colleges and universities, corporations, and other educational agencies
- Seeking continuous development throughout their careers by becoming self-initiating professionals who build upon knowledge of inquiry and motivation to renew their skills
Designed for busy and working adults
Mercer’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership is offered in a convenient, blended weekend format and new cohorts begin once per year in May. Classes are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online meetings with three Saturday, in-person sessions per semester. Saturday seminars meet on Mercer’s Atlanta campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a midday break. In addition to the regular class sessions, students have the opportunity for individual advising and consultation with faculty via a variety of formats. Classes are taken sequentially over 11 semesters in 16-week terms.