Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in Teacher Leadership
The Educational Specialist in Teacher Leadership is an online, advanced degree that prepares classroom teachers to serve as leaders in their schools and school systems while maintaining the role of a classroom teacher. Candidates in this performance-based program develop competencies in supporting a school culture that fosters excellence in teaching and learning, creating professional learning communities, mentoring and coaching colleagues, collaborating with families and the community, and using data to work with colleagues in collaborative efforts to improve instruction for all students. After completing this online degree and passing the appropriate Georgia content assessment, teachers will be eligible for the P‐12 Service Certificate in Teacher Leadership (Level 6 certification). This 9-course, 27-semester hour program can be completed in three semesters; however, most candidates choose to complete the program in four semesters. For candidates who are unable to enroll full-time, courses are offered on a continuous basis allowing for part-time enrollment. No campus visits are required to complete the program. Valdosta State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Application to VSU Graduate School and fee
One official transcript from each college/university attended, even for transfer credit or undergraduate work. A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 is required.
Official test scores on the GRE (minimum combined score of 850 with a verbal no less than 400 OR if taken July 2011 or later, a combined minimum score of 286 with a verbal no less than 143) or MAT (minimum score of 390 if taken October 2004 or later, or 36 if taken before October 2004).
Must hold clear renewable teaching or service certificate at the Master's level or higher.
Letter of Assurance form from your superintendent (form required).
Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form
Must be employed teachers able to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in a classroom.