Applicants must select either the 30 hour (straight Ed.S. degree program) or the 48 hour (extended Ed.S. degree program) track when applying to the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. The 30 hour Tier II track is for individuals who already hold Tier I certification or its equivalent. The 30 hour program may lead to Tier II certification. The 48 hour Tier I and Tier II track is for individuals with a master’s degree or higher in an area other than educational leadership and seek to add Tier I and Tier II certification.

Entry Term: Spring 2022
Application Opens: August 1, 2021
Application Deadline: November 2, 2021

Entry Term: Summer 2022
Application Opens: August 1, 2021
Application Deadline: March 2, 2022

Entry Term: Fall 2022
Application Opens: August 1, 2021
Application Deadline: June 2, 2022

Application Fee (non-refundable):  $55

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.

Supporting materials and documents must be received by the document deadline that is set by the program. 

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 for F-1 student status or Form DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status cannot be issued by Augusta University for enrollment in this online program per U.S. immigration regulations. Questions? Please email International & Postdoctoral Services Office at

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Olajide Agunloye, PhD
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Macy Rice 
Program Coordinator 
(706) 729-2980


Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Master’s level calculated on all graduate work attempted in which letter grades were awarded.

Minimum of a Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.

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 electronic transcripts should be emailed from the issuing institution to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions at

Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official mailed transcripts in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the issuing institution and should be directed to:

Augusta University
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 30912

An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., or World Education Services (WES). Course-by-course transcript evaluations may also be accepted from a current National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, or NACES, member on a case-by-case basis. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. 

Specific Ordering Instructions for ECE, Silny and WES

  • If ordering from ECE, please select "Augusta University - Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions" as the institution delivery.
  • If ordering from Silny, please complete the required PDF ordering form per their webpage. In the Method of Delivery section, please write the following, "Augusta University - Office of Academic Admissions email to
  • If ordering from WES, please select the following, "Augusta University" as the recipient, "Office of Academic Admissions" as the school/division,  "Standard Delivery" as the delivery method. 

A letter of recommendation from Building or District Administrator verifying leadership certification is required. 

Recommendations must be submitted online only. Within the application, you will provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals you have asked to serve as your recommenders. Once you have completed the recommendation section within the application, each recommender will receive an email notification directing them to the online site where they can complete their recommendation.


None are required for this program.

English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5

An English proficiency exam is not required for graduate applicants who submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university.

Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Specific Requirements and Information

A valid, level 5 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, or service field certificate.

A valid Tier I Educational Leadership Certificate or its equivalent.

A valid, level 5 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, or service field certificate. A minimum of three years of successful classroom teaching experience.

The LUA Tier-II Clinical Practice Permission Form, stating you will be released for the equivalent of two hours per day for the required clinical practice,must be obtained and signed by your district Superintendent(or authorized designee).

NOTE: This requirement is after that applicant has completed Tier I and is beginning Tier II work.

NOTE: The Tier 1 Section courses are only prerequisites within the Extended Ed.S. Program. To obtain a Tier-I Certification within the Extended Ed.S. Program, you must have taken, at a minimum, one more course in the Tier-II Section (excluding the Tier-II Clinical Practice Residency Courses). This will make the 21 credit-hours required for Tier-1 Certification.

An oral interview is required as part of the admission process before a final decision is made on admission into the Tier-II program. 

Additional Information

Once all official transcripts and/or transcript evaluations have been received by the Office of Academic Admissions, overall undergraduate and/or graduate GPA's will be calculated on all work attempted in which letter grades were awarded by using the Georgia Board of Regent's standards for GPA calculations.  The AU calculation of overall GPA's will be used to determine if the minimum GPA requirements of your program are met.  Meeting minimum GPA requirements is not an indication of acceptance into the program.

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your application and supporting documents. Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance. 

Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the Dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions.

A clear or expunged criminal background record. Per the Augusta University Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for graduate nursing, clinical psychology, allied health in nutrition 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. Additional Link: Summary of Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

According to Policy 4.3.4 of the University System of Georgia, any student requesting to pay at the in-state tuition rate will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States in order to be classified as an in-state student or awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver.

The Office of Disability Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis. For more information, please email or visit the Testing & Disability Services website.


While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with The Graduate School for recent updates.

Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.