Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, Tier II*
The Educational Specialist Program in Educational Administration and Supervision leads to a Specialist degree in Education (Ed.S.) and a Tier II performance-based certification in the state of Georgia. Tier II, or advanced level certification, in the field of educational leadership, prepares candidates for advanced leadership positions that include P-12 school-level principals or the equivalent, superintendents, or other LUA staff who supervise principals. The program includes a personalized set of field and clinical experiences designed to assist students in developing a high level of knowledge, skills, and dispositions as school principals, curriculum directors, subject area supervisors, central school district administrators, and supervisory staff members.
The program is designed for persons who have a master’s degree, certification in Leadership and holds a leadership position in a P-12 school. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the Master’s degree is required to complete the program. Only those courses taken after admission to the Ed.S. program may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Ed. S. degree, which includes applicable transfer credits. Credits usable in the planned program must not be more than six years old at the time the degree is completed. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours of transfer credit from a Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved institution offering the performance-based Tier II, Ed.S. degree may be approved for inclusion in the planned Ed. S. Program.
1. Minimum grade point average of 3.0
2. Masters in leadership with Georgia Professional Standards Leadership certification
3. Minimum of three years of educational experience (teaching and/or leading)
4. Three recommendations with one from immediate supervisor
5. Superintendent’s Assurance Form
6. Evidence of successful completion of GACE Program Admission (Applicant's not meeting this requirement will be admitted provisionally and required to satisfy the requirement during their first semester of enrollment.)
7. Evidence of Ethics Entry Examination (370) (Applicants not meeting this requirement will be admitted provisionally and required to complete it during their first semester of enrollment.)
8. Evidence of meeting special education requirement (Applicants not meeting this requirement will be admitted provisionally and required to satisfy the requirement during their first semester of enrollment.)
9. Writing sample (to be completed on site)
10. Currently holding a leadership position.
After the student has been admitted to the Ed.S. program the Departmental Chairperson will appoint an advisor. The advisor will assist the student in developing an individualized program that meets degree and certification requirements.
Students are responsible for making an application after completing 15 semester hours of course work. To be eligible for the Ed.S. Degree and recommendation for leadership certification by Albany State University, the student must meet all of the following requirements:
1. The only course taken after admission to the Ed.S. Program may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Ed.S. Degree. This includes transfer credits.
2. Credits useable in the planned program must not be older than six calendar years at the time that the degree is completed.
3. A maximum of 6 semester hours of transfer credits from a Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved institution offering a performance-based Ed. S. degree may be approved for inclusion in the planned Ed.S. Program. Such credits must be approved by the chair of the department.
4. Only credits with grades of “B” or better are accepted in the Ed.S. Program.
5. The student’s Ed.S program must include a minimum of 27 hours of coursework with at least 50% of the coursework being performance, including a minimum of 750 clock hours of clinical experiences.
6. Except for a maximum of 6 semester hours of transfer work, all credits used in the Ed.S program must be earned in residence at Albany State University
7. Successful completion of EDUC 6199: Orientation to Educational Specialist Program
8. Successfully complete the GACE Ethics Entry Exam
9. Successfully complete the GACE Ethics Exit Exam
10. Successfully complete the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL)
Program of Study
EDAS 6000 Professionalism and Ethics
EDAS 6015 Supervision, Curriculum, & Instruction
EDAS 6020 Assessment, Evaluation and Continuous Improvement
EDAS 6025 Residency I
EDAS 6030 Seminar I
EDAS 6035 Residency II
EDAS 6040 Seminar II
EDUC 6000 Research I
EDUC 6005 Research II
EDUC 6199 Orientation to Educational Specialist Program