M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Tier I


THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED FULLY ONLINE.

The 36-hour M.Ed. in Leadership offers candidates significant opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in real educational settings, which will be documented in the E-Portfolios in Chalk & Wire. Educators who complete the program will be eligible for Tier I Leadership Certification in Georgia. The degree may be completed in three consecutive semesters when you follow the class rotation schedule.
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 "I am a mother, wife, and full-time Richmond County Board of Education Gifted Program Specialist. Augusta University Tier 1 Leadership Certificate program provided me with a feasible workload. This program equipped me to excel in my studies and leadership task. The professors were personable and provided guidance for your success. I am excited to further my education at Augusta University."

Samantha Booker
Summer 2019 Graduate

Leadership Tier I Certification Only

The 21-hour Leadership Tier I Certification Only program offers candidates significant opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in real educational settings, which will be documented in the E-Portfolios in Chalk & Wire. Educators who complete the program will be eligible for Tier I Leadership Certification in Georgia. The degree may be completed in three consecutive semesters when you follow the class rotation schedule.

All coursework is delivered online.

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M.Ed. Leadership Tier I

Leadership Tier I Certification Only

  • GPA: Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the Baccalaureate level (Baccalaureate need not be in education) calculated on all undergraduate work attempted in which letter grades were awarded.
  • Minimum Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program.
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to graduateadmissions@augusta.edu.
  • Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to graduateadmissions@augusta.edu.
  • All applicants must possess a valid, level 4 or higher, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.
  • Background Check: A clear or expunged criminal background record.
      • Per the Augusta University Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for all graduate nursing and education programs are conditional on the completion of a criminal background check with results deemed acceptable to the applicable college/program’s professional standards.
      • Failure to complete the required background check, provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information, may disqualify applicants from final admission and matriculation into the program and University.
      • Instructions for completing criminal background checks will be provided to applicants upon acceptance into these programs. For further information on the policy including the policy statement, reason for the policy, authorization process, process/procedures, and review process, please refer to the Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy.
  • Liability Insurance
    Applicants must have the required liability insurance (2 year minimum). 
  • Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership AssessmentCandidates enrolled in Tier I Educational Leadership programs, such as Augusta University’s M.Ed. in Leadership-School Administration, must complete the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (380) prior to enrollment.

 Admission Requirements

  •  GPA: Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the Baccalaureate level (Baccalaureate need not be in education) calculated on all undergraduate work attempted in which letter grades were awarded.

  • Minimum Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program.

  • All applicants must possess a valid, level 5 or higher, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.

  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to graduateadmissions@augusta.edu.

  • Background Check: A clear or expunged criminal background record.

    ·         Per the Augusta University Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for all graduate nursing and education programs are conditional on the completion of a criminal background check with results deemed acceptable to the applicable college/program’s professional standards.

    ·         Failure to complete the required background check, provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information, may disqualify applicants from final admission and matriculation into the program and University.

    ·         Instructions for completing criminal background checks will be provided to applicants upon acceptance into these programs. For further information on the policy including the policy statement, reason for the policy, authorization process, process/procedures, and review process, please refer to the Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy.

  • Liability Insurance 
    Applicants must have the required liability insurance (2 year minimum).

  • Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment: Candidates enrolled in Tier I Educational Leadership programs, such as Augusta University’s M.Ed. in Leadership-School Administration, must complete the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (380) prior to enrollment.

  • Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to admissions@augusta.edu.

Technology Requirements

Operating System:  
Chrome 84.0.4147.136 or newer.

Processor:
 1.1Ghz or faster.

RAM/Memory:
4Gb Ram

Storage:
32Gb eMMC

Features:

  • Webcam and microphone
  • Access to a broadband internet connection.

Also Recommended (but not required): 

  • Headphones

Operating System:  
macOS 10.13 or higher

Processor:
minimum Intel Core i3 or equivalent 

RAM/Memory:
8GB or higher 

Storage:
128GB internal hard drive or larger (256+GB solid state drives preferred, but not required) 

Features:

  • Webcam and microphone
  • Access to a broadband internet connection.

Also Recommended (but not required): 

  • Headphones
  • Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet cable (suggested 5 feet or longer) with any needed adapters

Operating System:  
Windows 10 Home or Pro (“streamlined” versions such as Windows 10S are not supported)

Processor:
minimum Intel Core i3 or equivalent 

RAM/Memory:
8GB or higher 

Storage:
128GB internal hard drive or larger (256+GB solid state drives preferred, but not required) 

Features:

  • Webcam and microphone
  • Access to a broadband internet connection.

Also Recommended (but not required): 

  • Headphones
  • Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet cable (suggested 5 feet or longer) with any needed adapters

Admission to and completion of a Tier I program (M.Ed. Leadership or Leadership Tier I Certification Only) 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.

Educational Leadership – Tier I (Field 700) is the entry-level Educational Leadership certification. Educators certified in this field may work in school-level leadership positions below the principal and district-level leadership positions that do not supervise principals. Any certificate in this field becomes obsolete upon issuance of a renewable, professional certificate in Educational Leadership – Tier II.

Master of Education in Leadership Disclosure Statement

Augusta University offers several online degree, certificate, and endorsement programs. These programs are designed to meet the criteria for certification, endorsement, and advancement in the subject matter and grade level classifications established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Each state board establishes their own criteria for teacher/leader certification, which, in addition to educational requirements, may include (but are not limited to) testing requirements, mandatory certifications, minimum years in service, background checks, applications and fees. For questions relating to state board requirements for certification in your state, please contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Tier I Certification Only Disclosure Statement

Augusta University offers several online degree, certificate, and endorsement programs. These programs are designed to meet the criteria for certification, endorsement, and advancement in the subject matter and grade level classifications established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Each state board establishes their own criteria for teacher/leader certification, which, in addition to educational requirements, may include (but are not limited to) testing requirements, mandatory certifications, minimum years in service, background checks, applications and fees. For questions relating to state board requirements for certification in your state, please contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Contact Us

  Dr. Renee Sasser
 
University Hall, Suite 378
  
2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
 
706-737-1496

Application Deadlines

In order for an individual to be considered the online application and all materials must be received on or before the deadlines below.

Fall: June 2nd

Spring
Application: November 2nd
Supporting Documents: November 20th

Summer: March 2nd