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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration and Policy

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration and Policy

Jamon Flowers, Ph.D.

I teach to change minds to change lives for the better.

Jamon Flowers

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Overview

The Mary Frances Early College of Education recognizes the need for more courageous and transformative leadership. To meet this need, we have extended our outreach and launched an online Master’s in Educational Administration and Policy and Tier I Certification-Only programs. The curricula for these programs match the innovative, relevant, and rigorous curriculum of the face-to-face (hybrid) cohort model. Students admitted into these programs will enjoy both asynchronous and synchronous assignments and online class sessions. Faculty employs the latest technologies and instructional practices to ensure students have an engaging, innovative, and in-depth learning experience.

Master’s in Educational Administration and Policy Leading to Tier I Certification

This program is designed for working education professionals who bring at least three years of relevant or transferrable work experience. Online learning is combined with clinical experiences conducted under the guidance of a mentor, who must possess Tier I certification, in school districts. Tier I leadership certification courses in Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia prepare students for initial leadership certification and place a strong emphasis on knowledge of effective instructional leadership practices that directly impact teaching and learning. The knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve as the framework for the Tier I Program are based on the Georgia Educational Leadership Standards. These standards are closely aligned with both the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the Georgia Leader Keys Effectiveness System (LKES) Standards. This is a two-year program.

Tier I Certification-Only

Similarly, to the M.Ed., this program is designed for working education professionals with at least three years of experience and who possess a master’s degree but seek Tier I certification only. While there is an established set of courses students are expected to complete, an individualized program of studies can be offered based on student’s prior academic work. Again, this program leads to the initial leadership certification. This program can be completed in 3 semesters or less.

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of Georgia also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Admissions

Credit and Transfer

Total hours required to earn a degree: 36 credit hours

Total hours required to earn the certificate: 9-18 credit hours (customized program of studies)

Maximum hours transferable into the program: 6

Only transfer credits from an accredited institution will be considered. If transfer credit is awarded, it will still be necessary to complete the required number of hours to graduate, which will more than likely necessitate additional coursework above and beyond the degree program requirements. In sum, it depends and it is important to consult the program adviser.

M.Ed. in Education in Educational Administration and Policy Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates must, at a minimum:

· Hold a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,

· Hold a clear renewable Georgia Professional Standards Commission Certification at Level 4,

· Have a preferred cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate and graduate courses as being 3.25 or above on a 4-point scale,

· Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals (one from a current school administrator) who know you professionally or as a scholar,

· Have a preferred minimum of 3 years experience in an educational setting,

· Provide a brief statement of purpose consistent with the intended focus of the program. This statement must include the following: (1) academic and/or career goals, and (2) why you want a Tier I leadership certificate. This statement should not exceed one page.,

· If admitted, participate in the required On-Campus Institute (The UGA Experience), and

· Have access to a computer with high-speed internet access, and an email account

Tier I Certification-Only Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates must, at a minimum:

· Hold a Master’s degree or higher (Ed.S., Ed.D., or Ph.D.) in an education-related field from an accredited college or university,

· Hold at least a clear renewable Georgia Professional Standards Commission Certification at Level 4,

· Have a preferred cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate and graduate courses as being 3.25 or above on a 4-point scale,

· Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals (one from a current school administrator) who know you professionally or as a scholar,

· Have a preferred minimum of 3 years experience in an educational setting,

· Provide a brief statement of purpose consistent with the intended focus of the program. This statement must include the following: (1) academic and/or career goals, and (2) why you want a Tier I leadership certificate. This statement should not exceed one page.,

· If admitted, participate in the required On-Campus Institute (The UGA Experience), and

· Have access to a computer with high-speed internet access, and an email account

Although minimum and preferred requirements are outlined, applications are reviewed holistically. No standardized test scores (GRE or MAT) are required.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International 
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Degree Level – Masters
  4. Select Intended Program –  MED, Educational Administration and Policy (Lifelong Ed, Admin, and Policy) [MED_EDAP_ONL
  5. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  6. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  7. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  8.  Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Master of Education in Educational Administration and Policy Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

Fall: July 1

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 1

International Applicants

Fall: April 15

Spring: October 15

Summer: February 15

Cost

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Master of Education

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing the program at the recommended pace would have paid $15,012 in tuition for a Georgia Resident and $38,952 in tuition for an out-of-state student.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Tier 1 Certification

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing the program at the recommended pace would have paid $ 7,506 in tuition for a Georgia Resident and $18,900 in tuition for an out-of-state student.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses.

The complete cost of attendance can be found at https://osfa.uga.edu/costs/.

Curriculum

Our prescribed curricula are intentionally designed to meet students’ professional needs. Anchored in both foundational knowledge and core competencies in educational administration, leadership, and policy, students will explore, examine, and analyze the intricacies of the U.S. education system. A minimum of 36 credit hours are required to graduate with an M.Ed. The Certification-Only program credit hours requirement varies. Each course is 3 credit hours.

Fall

CourseTitle
EDAP 7020EInstructional Leadership for School Improvement
EDAP 7801EClinical Practices in Educational Leadership I
EDAP 8115EEducational Leadership for Student Success

Spring

CourseTitle
EDAP 7040EEducation Law and Ethical Leadership
EDAP 7050ETalent Management for Continuous Improvement
EDAP 7802EClinical Practices in Educational Leadership II

Summer

CourseTitle
EDAP 7060EPolicies, Systems, and Resources for Educational Enterprises
EDAP 7803EClinical Practices in Educational Leadership III
EDAP 8390ESchool, Family, and Community Connections

Tier I Certification-Only

CourseTitle
EDAP 8115EInstructional Leadership for School Improvement
EDAP 7040EEducation Law and Ethical Leadership
EDAP 8405ELeadership in a Diverse Society
EDAP 7801EClinical Practices in Educational Leadership I
EDAP 7802EClinical Practices in Educational Leadership II
EDAP 7803EClinical Practices in Educational Leadership III

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