The Education Specialist Program in Educational Leadership leads to a Specialist degree in Education (Ed.S.) and a performance-based level 6 (PL-6) certification in the state of Georgia. The program includes a personalized set of field and academic experiences designed to assist students in developing a high level of knowledge and skills as school principals, curriculum directors, subject area supervisors, central school district administrators and supervisory staff members.

The student may choose the building level or system level specialization. At the building level, students are not only prepared for basic managerial and instructional leadership responsibilities, but they also have opportunities to specialize in a more narrowly defined area of instructional management. At the system level, students will be prepared for administrative or supervisory positions in the school district office. The program design facilitates this by uniquely configuring both academic and field experiences for each student to emphasize the student’s desired specialization.

Further, all courses in Educational Leadership will include performance-based activities which the student may complete at either the building or the system level based on his/her specializations. The program is designed for persons who have earned a Master’s degree and hold a leadership position/role in an education setting.

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the Master’s degree in Leadership is required to complete the program. Candidates with Master’s in other fields will complete a 36-hour program.  Only those courses taken after admission to the Ed.S. program may be used to fulfill the requirement of the Ed.S. degree, which includes applicable transfer credits. Credit usable in the planned program must not be more than six years old at the time the degree is completed. A maximum of six semester credit hours of transfer credit from an approved institution offering the performance-based Ed.S. degree may be approved for inclusion in the planned Ed.S. Program.

For admission requirements for the Educational Leadership Program, see Program Fact Sheet below.

Educational Specialist Program Fact Sheet 
Ed.S – Building Level Add-on to 6 or 7 year
Ed.S – District Level Add-on to 6 or 7 year

Must also submit completed ASU Superintendent’s Assurance Form.