EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION & SUPERVISION




Admission Requirements

Advisement

Program Completion

Program of Study




The Education Specialist Program in Educational Administration and Supervision leads to a Specialist degree in Education (Ed.S) and a performance-based level 6 (PL-6) certification in the State of Georgia. The program includes a personalized set of field and academic experiences designed to assist students in developing a high level of knowledge and skills as school principals, curriculum directors, subject area supervisors, central school district administrators and supervisory staff members. The student may choose the building level or system level specialization. At the building level, students are not only prepared for basic managerial and instructional leadership responsibilities, they also have opportunities to specialize in a more narrowly defined area of instructional management. At the system level, students will be prepared for administrative or supervisory positions in the school district office. The program design facilitates this by uniquely configuring both academic and field experiences for each student to emphasize the student's desired specialization. Further, all courses in Educational Administration & Supervision will include performance-based activities which the candidate may complete at either the building or the system level based on his/her specializations.


The program is designed for persons who have earned a Master's degree and hold an Educational Leadership position or role that requires the State of Georgia renewable Level 6 (PL-6) certification. A minimum of 30 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 requirement of the Ed.S. degree, which includes applicable transfer credits. Credit 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 an approved institution offering the performance-based Ed.S. degree may be approved for inclusion in the planned Ed.S. Program.


*Students entering the program after September 1, 2011, must complete two designated pre-service courses if their masters degree is not in educational leadership.



Admission Requirements

A student desiring to pursue an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration & Supervision must present a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in Educational Leadership. The GACE Content Assessment in Educational Leadership becomes an exit requirement, effective September 1, 2011. Graduate work taken prior to admission to the Ed.S. program will not be counted toward Ed.S. degree requirements.

The applicant:

  1. must have completed at least a Master's degree at an accredited or approved institution.
  1. must possess certification equivalent to the State of Georgia's Level 5 certification or higher (e.g. L-5, NL-5, SC-5, T-5, or any Level 6 or 7 certificate).
  2. must earn a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for graduate work completed.
  3. must provide a proof of passing score on the GACE II in Educational Leadership until September 1, 2011.
  4. must provide three letters of reference.
  5. must provide completed Superintendent's Assurance Form from the employing superintendent showing employment in a Leadership role, indicating system's knowledge of participation in the program and potential to serve in a leadership position.


Advisement

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 the degree requirements.



Program Completion

Students are responsible for making application for graduation after completing 15 semester hours of course work. To be eligible for the Ed.S. Degree and recommendation for the PL-6 certification by Albany State University, the student must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Only those courses 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 usable 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 an 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 Program Coordinator.
  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 30-36 graduate semester hours of course work, which must be in educational leadership, administration and supervision- with at least 50% of the course work being performance-based.
  6. Twelve semester hours of graduate field experience at the building or system level.
  7. 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.

Program of Study

All courses, excluding the residency, will be 1 hour content (C), 1 hour practice (P), and 1 hour performance-based (PBA)




Building Level (30 hours)

Area A: Nature of Learner (3 hrs)

EDAS

6785

Improvement of Instruction

EDAS

6681

Recent Trends in Supervision

Area B: Programs & Problems of the School (3hrs)

EDAS

6685

School and Community Relations

Area C: Major Area (18 hrs)

EDAS

6670

School Finance

EDAS

6681

Recent Trends in Supervision

EDAS

6711

Software Systems in Educational Administration

EDAS

6733

Educational Policy

EDAS

6719*

Residency I for Building-level Administration (6hrs PBA)

EDAS

6769*

Residency II for Building-level administration (6hrs PBA)

Area D: Research (3 hrs)

EDUC

7701*

Advanced Educational Research

Area E: Elective (3 hrs)

EDAS

6655

The Principal as Instructional Leader

Total Hours

30 hours

*Required courses


** Candidates who do not have a master's degree in Educational Administration & Supervision will complete a 36 hour program if admitted after September 1, 2011.   Two, new, three-hour pre-service courses will be required of these candidates.  The two courses are:


EDAS 6701:  Law & Ethics in Educational Leadership


EDAS 6702: Educational Leadership and School Improvement














District Level (30 hours)

Area A: Nature of Learner (3 hrs)

EDAS

6785

Improvement of Instruction

EDAS

6681

Recent Trends in Supervision

Area B: Programs & Problems of the School (3 hrs)

EDAS

6685

School and Community Relations

Area C: Major Area (18 hrs)

EDAS

6651

Educational Faculties Planning

EDAS

6670

School Finance

EDAS

6681

Recent Trends in Supervision

EDAS

6711

Software Systems in Educational Administration

EDAS

6733

Educational Policy

EDAS

6708*

Residency I for District-level Administration (6hrs PBA)

EDAS

6770*

Residency II for District-level administration (6hrs PBA)

Area D: Research (3 hrs)

EDUC

7701*

Advanced Educational Research

Area E: Elective (3 hrs)

EDAS

6710

The Superintendent

Total hours

30 hours

*Required courses


**Candidates who do not have a master's degree in Educational Administration & Supervision will complete a 36 hour program if admitted after September 1, 2011.   Two, new, three-hour pre-service courses will be required of these candidates.  The two courses are:


EDAS 6701:  Law & Ethics in Educational Leadership


EDAS 6702: Educational Leadership and School Improvement














Add-on (Endorsement) to an existing six or seven certificate (building level, 21 hours)**

Admission Requirements: A passing score on GACE II in Educational Leadership is required. (This becomes an exit requirement after September 1, 2011 for candidates who do not have a master's degree in educational leadership.)




Area C: Major Area (18 hrs)

EDAS

6670*

School Finance

EDAS

6681

Recent Trends in Supervision

EDAS

6711

Software Systems in Educational Administration

EDAS

6733

Educational Policy

EDAS

6719*

Residency I for Building-level Administration (6hrs PBA)

EDAS

6769*

Residency II for Building-level administration (6hrs PBA)

Area E: Elective (3 hrs)

EDAS

6655

The Principal as Instructional Leader

*Required course


** Candidates who do not have a master's degree in Educational Administration & Supervision will complete a 27 hour program if admitted after September 1, 2011.   Two, new, three-hour pre-service courses will be required of these candidates.  The two courses are:



EDAS 6701:  Law & Ethics in Educational Leadership



EDAS 6702: Educational Leadership and School Improvement














Add-on (Endorsement) to an existing six or seven certificate (district level, 21 hours)**

Admission Requirements: A passing score on GACE II in Educational Leadership is required. (This becomes an exit requirement after September 1, 2011 for candidates who do not have a master degree in educational leadership.)




Area C: Major Area (18 hrs)

EDAS

6651

Educational Facilities Planning

EDAS

6670

School Finance

EDAS

6681

Recent Trends in Supervision

EDAS

6711

Software Systems in Educational Administration

EDAS

6733

Educational Policy

EDAS

6708*

Residency I for District-level Administration (6hrs PBA)

EDAS

6770*

Residency II for District-level administration (6hrs PBA)

Area E: Elective (3 hrs)

EDAS

6710

The Superintendent

*Required course


** Candidates who do not have a master's degree in Educational Administration & Supervision will complete a 36 hour program if admitted after September 1, 2011.   Two, new, three-hour pre-service courses will be required of these candidates.  The two courses are:


EDAS 6701:  Law & Ethics in Educational Leadership


EDAS 6702: Educational Leadership and School Improvement