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Become an educational leader with the skills to improve school systems through our EdS in Educational Administration and Policy.

The four-semester program at our Gwinnett campus prepares you for a role in educational leadership through hands-on projects and a school residency embedded within the coursework. Tier I Educational Leadership Certification and employment in a school or district leadership position are prerequisites for admission.

Program Highlights

  1. Leads to Tier II Educational Leadership Certification
  2. Four-semester, year-long program that starts each fall
  3. Includes supervised residency experience
  4. Offered at UGA's Gwinnett Campus

Deadline to Apply

July 1 for Fall

Faculty and Curriculum

Through this program, you will gain the knowledge and experience for a career in educational leadership, whether as an administrator or a leader working to improve school systems.

As part of your coursework, you'll take classes covering:

  • Education law and ethics
  • Leadership and education politics
  • Managing and using data to improve schools
  • Education politics and relationships among school boards, superintendents, and other school leaders

Over the course of four semesters and 30 hours, you'll complete:

  • One research course in data management and analysis
  • An optional prospectus development course to provide you feedback on progress toward your final project
  • Supervised residency experiences at a local school where you shadow a designated school leader
  • A capstone project applying what you have learned

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Study with faculty who are nationally recognized for their research and work in educational leadership, policy, and law.

Also, develop a sense of community with fellow classmates as you progress through your studies together as a cohort. You gain in-school leadership experience through a supervised residency in which you'll make administrative and leadership decisions and interact with teachers, students, parents, and community leaders.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

Start a Graduate School Application

Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Educational Administration and Policy (Gwinnett Campus)

Applications are accepted only for spring semester admission. Applicants must submit valid (within the past five years) GRE or MAT scores with their Graduate School application.

Also while completing the Graduate School application, be sure to attach the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official transcripts

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
July 1 for Fall

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