Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program will prepare you for a variety of positions.  You will learn to lead PK-12 school districts by engaging in critical educational praxis.  This program will lead you to be able to meet certification or certificate upgrade requirements for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.   

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership will prepare you to be a leader who can:   
*Engage in critical self-reflection  
*Lead diverse schools and communities  
*Participate in critical educational praxis  
*Endorse deep and equitable change  

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Program Highlights  

Nationally- and state-recognized educational leaders are regular guest speakers throughout the program. This is a highly interactive program. Our instructors are current or former school/school district leaders with extensive experience as practitioners who employ engaging instructional techniques and strategies, including discussions, case studies, simulations, group projects, readings, and research projects. The Educational Leadership Student Association brings regularly speakers to campus who are nationally recognized educational leaders, offering candidates opportunities to learn from and network with the best in the field. 


2½ years

Financial Aid   
Most students in this program receive assistance through loans and other forms of aid. Complete your FAFSA to be considered for these aid programs. Students are also eligible for institutional aid, including graduate assistantships.     

Plan Program and Study (36 semester hours)  

I. Strategic Leadership
CEDA 600 Administration of the Urban School System
CEDA 601 Strategic Planning for Systemic Reform

II. Instructional Leadership
CEDA 610 Administration & Supervision of the Instructional Program
CEDA 612 Student Personnel Administration
CEDA 614 Staff Personnel Administration

III. Organizational Leadership
CEDA 620 Economics of Educational Equity

IV. Political and Community Leadership
CEDA 630 Community Educational Leadership
CEDF 654 Education & Urban Development

II. Research & Evaluation
CEDA 690 Systematic Educational Evaluation
CEDA 699 Research Methods in Organization

CEDA 660 Advanced Practicum
CEDA 661 Advanced Practicum

Note: SOE field experiences require that all SOE students are required to complete a background check prior to field placement in schools, human services/community agencies and any government setting.

Application Process

In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, there are program specific requirements, including the following:

  • Hold Tier I Educational Leadership entry certification or a grandfathered L or PL certificate in Educational Leadership issued from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
  • Have a minimum of a Master’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited higher education institution.
  • Be employed in a leadership position in a local education agency (LEA) as defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
  • Submit three official letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be a recommendation from the Superintendent or designee based on local district requirements.
  • 0 or better cumulative GPA on graduate work
  • Submit a passing score on the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (380). NOTE:  Applicants having completed this entry requirement for Tier I certification need not complete the assessment.  A copy of a Certificate of Completion should be submitted with the application packet.

Written partnership with school district confirming one or two Advanced Practicum site options that will enable successful completion of the clinical experience, with approval from school leadership.  NOTE: 750 hours of clinical practice are required for program completion.


In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, you will need to submit the following to apply for the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership.  

Minimum 3.0 GPA at the Master’s degree level   
Official Transcripts  
3 Letters of Recommendation with one from the candidate’s supervisor  
Serve in a leadership position at either a P-12 school or Local Unit of Administration   
including RESAs; or, have a written agreement between Clark Atlanta University   
and the employer specifying that the candidate will be released from current   
duties for a portion of the school week sufficient to allow the candidate to   
complete residency requirements.  

Hold Georgia PSC Tier I certification in Educational Leadership   

Upcoming Start Dates  

Fall Semester  
Apply by February 1  

Spring Semester   
Apply by November 1  

GRE not required    
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