Educational Specialist with a Major in Educational Leadership

Ed Specialist with a major In Educational Leadership


Application Deadlines (Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 Entry):

Spring Entry
November 2, 2019

Summer Entry
March 2, 2020

Fall  Entry
June 2, 2020

Application Fee (non-refundable):  $55

Track Selection

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.

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.

- Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.
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 ipso@augusta.edu

EDS Educational Leadership Admission Requirements
(Spring , Summer and Fall 2020 Entry Terms)


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

Degree Requirement
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
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 admissions@augusta.edu.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts
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.

Letters of Recommendation
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).

Standardized Test Requirements
Not required.

TOEFL Requirements 
(if applicable)
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.

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

Liability Insurance
Proof of liability insurance is required.

30 Hour (Tier II) Requirements
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

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) Requirements
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.

48 Hour (Tier I and Tier II) Exam Requirements
GACE 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

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.

 
 
  • 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.