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Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission had extended enrollment for the former Educational Leadership program through Maymester 2017.   Maymester applications for this program have now closed.

Persons who wish to enroll in an Educational Leadership certification program must now enroll in a Tier I Masters program or a Tier I Masters add-on program.   Columbus State University has both of these programs active and online with entry points in August and January. Click your browser's back button and use the "Click here for more Information" link under the Masters in Educational Leadership section.


The former Educational Leadership Certification Programs (EdS level) in Georgia has ceased enrollment.

The NEWLY approved Tier II program in Educational Leadership will be opening soon.    Candidates must hold Tier I certification and be in a leadership POSITION (assistant principal, principal, and certain central office positions) to enroll in Tier II..



  We have received notification (February 13, 2017) from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission that we may have a final session of enrollment for Maymester, 2017.   The initial application date is April 4 and the FINAL date for all application materials to be received by admissions is April 18, 2017.    Classes begin May 9, 2017.
This CURRENT program upon successful completion and the passing of all required assessments, prepares the candidate for certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This CURRENT certification credentials candidates for all educational leadership positions in Georgia public schools from assistant principal to superintendent ( essentially grandfathering you into the new Tier I and Tier II certification.)  Students in this CURRENT EdS Educational Leadership Program will be grandfathered under the existing rule IF they are actively enrolled in the current program and taking classes by Maymester 2017.   No one will be allowed to enroll in the current program after Maymester, 2017 - statewide -per the GA PSC.
After Maymester 2017, candidates for Educational Leadership Certification, not grandfathered as above, must  hold Tier I certification at the Masters level to be credentialed for assistant principal positions and those central office positions which do not supervise principals.  (See our Tier I Masters program information.)    Persons not grandfathered under the above who eventually wish to become principals or central office persons supervising principals, must hold Tier I certification,  be in a Tier I leadership position, and complete an authorized NEW Tier II educational leadership program to be credentialed for those higher positions.     
Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
This rigorous program takes approximately 4 semesters to complete and qualifies the successful candidate to be grandfathered in at Tier II certification - for ALL levels of educational  leadership positions in Georgia P-12 schools.   Program courses emphasize increasing student performance and real-world decision making.  Candidates work to raise their level of proficiency with regard to supervising teachers, promoting, implementing and evaluating professional development programs, developing, implementing, evaluating and revising curriculum, and gaining operational knowledge and skills. This program may be completed fully online or in a combination of online and face-to-face courses.
Note: This program requires an internship with an administrative mentor certified in Educational Leadership and currently leading a school. His/her leadership certificate # is required by the GA Professional Standards Commission as part of your application for leadership certification. Consider who your mentor might be before applying for this leadership program.  Having a committed and approved mentor is an entry requirement for this program.
Learning Outcomes
Graduates will:
  • Raise his/her level of proficiency with regard to supervising teachers, promoting, implementing and evaluating professional development programs, and developing, implementing, evaluating and revising curriculum.
  • Be proficient in various aspects of human relations, and act as facilitator and mentor for all school staffs, students, parents, and community persons.
  • Use all available resources to support the instructional program, as well as proposing grants and other means of support.
  • Use technology to support both the instructional and other programs by being a leader and innovative in the use of technology.
  • Have practical knowledge and skill in carrying out a school-wide or district-wide special project, and can set an example and inspire others.
 Program Requirements
  • You must apply and be accepted to both (A) The CSU Graduate School AND (B) The EdS Educational Leadership Program.
  • A Master's degree is a prerequisite for this EdS program.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better on all course work in fulfillment of the requirements for your latest degree.
  • 3 years of teaching experience and current employment in a P-12 school as a certified teacher and in a leadership role (defined by your school system.)
  • A Mentor agreement from a current school administrator certified in Educational Leadership with the approval of your school superintendent.
  • 2 Letters of Reference (at least one from a building or system level administrator).
  • Certificate of completion of the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment -Program Entry exam (370).
  • A clear background check. (CSU recognizes a combination of a CURRENT copy of your current state teaching certification  AND your verification of current employment by your superintendent or designee as adequate proof for a background check. )
A.   Program Information packets including forms:
 B.  CSU Graduate Admission Application
 For more information, please contact: Mr. Michael Johnson:
After you are accepted into both the CSU Graduate School and the Educational Leadership Program, you will be notified.   Your advisor will contact you within a few days.     All correspondence from the Educational Leadership Program will be through your MYCSU email, not your personal email.     Check all of your documentation from CSU for that email login.