Educational Specialist with a Major in Educational Leadership
Ed Specialist with a major In Educational Leadership
Application Deadlines (Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 Entry):
November 2, 2019
March 2, 2020
June 2, 2020
Application Fee (non-refundable): $55
Applicants must select either the 30 hour (straight Ed. degree program) or 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.
- 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.
- Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.
EDS Educational Leadership Admission Requirements
(Spring , Summer and Fall 2020 Entry Terms)
Minimum 3.0 GPA 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:Josef Silny & Associates,
Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).Silny
and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts,
documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.
Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts
A letter of recommendation from Building or District Administrator verifying leadership certification is
required or is being required for the applicant. Recommendations can be submitted
online only. Within the application, you will provide the name and current email addresses
for Building or District Administrator who can verify your leadership position. Once
your application is submitted, the recommender will receive an email notification
directing them to the online site where they can complete their recommendation. To
change a recommender after the application has been submitted, log into your ApplyWeb
(CollegeNet) account and make updates. Status updates of your recommenders' submissions will
be provided to you directly from ApplyWeb (CollegeNet).
Letters of Recommendation
Standardized Test Requirements
The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required
for applicants whose first language is not English. The TOEFL exam must be taken
within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code
for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
TOEFL Requirements (if applicable)
The minimum scores are:
- 213 computer-based
- 79 internet-based
- 550 paper-based (PBT; prior to October 2017)
- No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT; October 2017 and later)
Program Specific Requirements
Proof of liability insurance is required.
A valid, level 5 or higher Standard Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional
teaching certificate, leadership certificate, or service field certificate.
30 Hour (Tier II) Requirements
A valid Tier I Educational Leadership Certificate or its equivalent
Proof applicant is actively employed in a leadership position and performing leadership responsibilities (exception may be granted under special conditions guaranteed by the Local Unit of Administration (LUA) to include release-time, of at least two hours per day, for required leadership clinical residency activities and assignments. (NOTE: this is for candidates who have Tier-1 certificate but are not yet in Tier II position).
30 Hour (Tier II) Exam Requirements
Educational Testing Services Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) must
be attempted prior to program completion. The PASL must be passed in order to add
Tier II certification in Educational Leadership. The PASL is an evidence-based (artifacts-based)
portfolio assessment that measures a Tier II candidate's performance readiness for
Tier II responsibilities. Additional information is available at www.ets.org.
48 Hour (Tier I and Tier II) RequirementsA 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.
48 Hour (Tier I and Tier II) Exam RequirementsGACE Exam Requirements Tier I
Educational Leadership GACE (Test 301):Candidates enrolled in Tier I Educational Leadership programs, such as AU’s M.Ed. in Leadership-School Administration, must attempt GACE Educational Leadership Test 301 prior to program completion and must pass the assessment to obtain an Educational Leadership Tier I Certificate.
Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (Test 370): Candidates enrolled in any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program on or after July 1, 2016 must have completed (do not have to pass) the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment –Program Entry (Test 370) prior to enrollment. A candidate who completes this program entry requirement for Tier 1 certification does not have to complete Test 370 for Tier II certification. All candidates completing any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program on or after July 1, 2016 must attempt the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership-Program Exit (Test 380) prior to completion and must pass the assessment to earn certification in the field of Educational Leadership. A candidate who passes the Program Exit (Test 380) for Tier I certification does not have to pass Test 380 for Tier II certification.
Exam Requirements Tier II
Educational Testing Services Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) must be attempted prior to program completion. The PASL must be passed in order to add Tier II certification in Educational Leadership. The PASL is an evidence-based (artifacts-based) portfolio assessment that measures a Tier-II candidate’s performance readiness for Tier-II responsibilities. Additional information is available at www.ets.org.
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.
Additional Links: Fair Credit Reporting Act and Summary of Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
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 Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are US Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to the Office of Admissions.
Testing and Disability Services
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.