In Georgia, the following educational administration programs are available: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Depending on the school, focus areas may be available in higher education or teacher leadership. Individuals who have earned an advanced education degree and are simply looking for a program that prepares them for certification can pursue non-degree options. Some programs may be offered in online and hybrid formats.
Read on for information about the ten largest universities in Georgia that have educational administration degrees, meet the state standards requirements and offer the Performance-Based Leadership Program certification, PL-6, which is the Specialist credential awarded by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
Columbus State University
This school, located in Columbus, has over 1,270 graduate students. Through its College of Education and Health Professions, students can earn a variety of post-graduate educational leadership degrees. The Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership has 16 faculty members and offers an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with an optional higher education track, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Leadership. Students seeking PL-6 certification can meet requirements with the Ed.S. program. The master's in educational leadership is only available online, though its higher education track is available as a hybrid online/offline program. The specialist degree is available online or on campus, and the doctoral degree program is available only on campus. Columbus State University offers a number of assistantship positions that graduate students can apply for.
Georgia College and State University
GCSU in Milledgeville has over 6,600 students, around 800 of whom are at the graduate level. Its Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership is part of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education. There are currently seven faculty members who teach educational leadership. Students interested in educational administration can earn an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. Graduates of the program are recommended for PL-6 certification upon completion of their degree. Graduate students may be eligible for scholarships offered by the College of Education.
Located in Augusta, this university was formed by a union between Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. It currently has over 7,500 students, with over 2,500 students enrolled in its graduate and professional programs. The Department of Counselor Education, Leadership and Research, which has 12 faculty members, offers an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership that leads to PL-6 certification. For teachers who want to be leaders but don't seek an administration role, the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership may be of interest. Graduate students at Georgia Regents University can apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships.
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University is located in Statesboro and enrolls over 20,000 students, around 2,500 of whom are graduate students. Educational leadership degrees are offered through the university's Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, which has six faculty members. Students can pursue an M.Ed. through an on-campus or online program in educational leadership or an on-campus program in higher education administration. The university also offers an Ed.S. program in educational leadership. Students can meet PL-6 certification requirements through the Ed.S. programor through a separate certification program.
Georgia State University
Located in Atlanta, Georgia State University is the second-largest school in the state offering educational administration programs, with over 32,000 students, nearly 7,500 of whom are in graduate programs. The university's College of Education offers M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs in educational leadership. Students in these degree programs work with four faculty members. PL-6 certification can be earned through an add-on program, which is completed alongside the Ed.S. degree. Georgia State University also offers a unique teacher leadership master's degree program focused on urban school settings.
Kennesaw State University
Located in Kennesaw, this school enrolls around 30,000 students. Part of the Bagwell College of Education, the Department of Educational Leadership has six faculty members and offers an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership in Learning and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Learning. Students can prepare for PL-6 leadership certification through the Ed.S. program or through a certification-only program. Educators who wish to be both teachers and leaders may be interested in Kennesaw State's Ed.S. or Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership. Graduate students can apply for scholarships and may be eligible for tuition waivers through graduate research assistantships.
Mercer University in Macon enrolls over 8,000 students, nearly half of whom are at the graduate level. Through its Tift College of Education, which has 54 faculty members, students can earn an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (P-12), a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (P-12) or a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education). All four programs are offered at the Macon and Atlanta campuses; the specialist degree is also offered at the Savannah campus. Students can earn PL-6 or PL-7 certification through the Ed.S. program or through a separate, non-degree certificate program. Mercer University also offers an Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership for educators who are seeking non-administration leadership roles.
University of Georgia
Located in Athens, the University of Georgia was the first university in the state, charted in 1785. It is also the largest school in the state that offers educational administration programs, with over 34,000 students, around 8,300 of whom are graduate students. The university's College of Education has over 200 faculty and 5,000 students. Its Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, which has ten faculty, offers M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs in educational administration and policy and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Students in the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs have the option to pursue leadership certification, though non-certification degree options are also offered. Graduate students may be eligible for fellowships, assistantships and awards.
University of West Georgia
Enrolling over 11,500 students, with around 1,900 at the graduate level, the University of West Georgia in Carrollton offers two degree programs in educational administration. Its Department of Leadership and Instruction has five educational leadership faculty members. Education professionals seeking work as a school administrator can pursue an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership or a Ed.D. in School Improvement. Students can fulfill PL-6 certification requirements through the Ed.S. program or through a non-degree certificate option.
Valdosta State University
Located in Valdosta, this school has over 11,000 students, over 2,200 of whom are graduate students. Through VSU's graduate school, students can earn an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership with an administration track, an Ed.S. in Performance-Based Leadership or an Ed.D. in Leadership. Students who complete the specialist degree are recommended for PL-6 certification in the state of Georgia. Professional educators seeking teacher leadership roles may be interested in Valdosta State University's Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership program.
To work as an education administrator in Georgia, such as a superintendent or principal, candidates must meet state licensing requirements, which include completing a graduate program approved by the GaPSC and, in many cases, having at least three years of school experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Educational Administration Degree Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Columbus State University||4-year, public; midsize city|| M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Track,
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Leadership
| $5,364 in-state,
|Georgia College and State University||4-year, public; distant town||Ed.S. in Educational Leadership|| $5,184 in-state,
|Augusta University||4-year, public; midsize city||M.Ed. in Educational Leadership|| $5,144 in-state,
|Georgia Southern University||4-year, public; distant town|| M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration,
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
| $6,636 in-state,
|Georgia State University||4-year, public; large city|| M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
| $6,876 in-state,
|Kennesaw State University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Ed.S. in Educational Leadership in Learning,
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in Learning
| $4,734 in-state,
|Mercer University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (P-12),
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (P-12),
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (P-12),
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education)
|University of Georgia||4-year, public; midsize city|| M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy,
Ed.S. in Educational Administration and Policy,
Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy,
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
| $8,492 in-state,
|University of West Georgia||4-year, public; fringe town|| Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.D. in School Improvement
| $3,996 in-state,
|Valdosta State University||4-year, public; small city|| M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership: Administration Track,
Ed.S. in Performance-Based Leadership,
Ed.D. in Leadership
| $4,374 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator.