Non-Degree in Educational Leadership for Tier I Certification Only

Valdosta State University
Degree Level Certificate
Total Credit Hours Varied based on prior degree and transferable courses.
Per Credit Hour Cost $293.00
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Program Description

The Non-Degree in Educational Leadership program leading to Tier I certification is a comprehensive program of study including course work and related field experiences. The Tier I certification only program is similar to the M.Ed. degree program, but courses may be applied from a previously-earned graduate level degree if aligned to the educational leadership program of study. Through the combination of course work and field experiences, candidates will be able to develop the necessary competencies to become an entry-level leader. The Non-Degree, Tier I Certification Only program is open to individuals who hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. Candidates must show evidence of completion of the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment prior to enrollment.

Admissions Information

Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university;

Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for a graduate degree, calculated on all work attempted in which letter grades are awarded; applicants having a cumulative grade point average between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for a graduate degree must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) score. Recommended scores for admission are:

GRE - 145 Verbal and 139 Quantitative MAT - 380 Provide evidence of a passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or GACE Basic Skills assessment is to be provided. NOTE: Professionally certified educators (valid or expired) are not required to meet the Program Admission Assessment requirement to enroll for the purpose of adding a new field of certification. Applicants may submit a copy of the official score report meeting the following thresholds on the following exams as documentation of a GACE Program Admission Assessment exemption for state certification requirements:

GRE taken before August 2011: 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative GRE taken August 2011 or later: 297 (Verbal + Quantitative) SAT: 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative) ACT: 43 (English + Math) SAT and ACT scores may be documented by an official high school transcript, official college transcript with scores posted, or a score report from the testing service. Evidence of completion of the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (Program Entry Test 370). A copy of a Certificate of Completion should be submitted with the application packet.

Career goal statement serving as a writing sample. The statement must demonstrate 1) the ability to organize and articulate thoughts, 2) writing skills including grammar and punctuation, and 3) the ability to set goals consistent with one’s desired career path. The statement must address the applicant’s career goals, how the degree contributes to reaching these career goals, and why VSU was selected for this graduate work. This career goal statement should be no more than 250 words and is to be submitted to the Graduate School with the other application materials.

Be employed with a system/agency having an active partnership with Valdosta State University to supervise a residency experience for the candidate.