A VSU Online Program

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of the content necessary to successfully meet the Teacher Leadership Program Standards.
  2. Candidates will model best practices in pedagogy and serve as mentors and coaches for other educators.
  3. Candidates will conduct research related to school culture, curriculum, and assessment, and apply the findings to improving those areas.
  4. Candidates will design and implement professional learning based on student and teacher needs.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will demonstrate the content knowledge by passing the state-required content assessment.
  2. Candidates will demonstrate best practices in pedagogy, mentoring, and coaching through faculty and supervisor observation of those practices.
  3. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to conduct and apply research through a review of literature and an associated action research project scored by a departmentally created rubric.
  4. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to design and implement professional learning through faculty and supervisor observation of clinical practice.

Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University, applicants must first submit a completed application to the Graduate School. A completed application packet includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, official test scores (GRE or MAT), completed application form, fee, and any additional program requirements submitted by the admission deadline. To be considered for the preferred term, all required materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than the close of business on the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow adequate time for document submission and to ensure receipt of documents.

Admission Deadlines:

Collaborative online education program deadlines are established each term. Check the website for admission deadlines and application forms. .

Go to the Graduate School website and click on Our Programs, then click on Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership for information on:

  • Specific Program Admission Requirements

  • Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies

  • Program Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the Ed.S. Degree with a Major in Teacher Leadership

Core Courses15
EDET 5999Professional Orientation0
EDET 8020Using Assessment and Research Data 13
EDET 8030Developing and Leading a Community of Diverse Learners3
EDET 8040Strategic Planning for School Reform 13
EDET 8050Action Research 13
EDET 8880Capstone Seminar3
All candidates must successfully complete EDET 5999, a zero credit hour professional orientation course, during the first semester of enrollment.
Teacher Leadership Residency Courses 3
EDET 8001Teacher Leadership Residency I1
EDET 8002Teacher Leadership Residency II1
EDET 8003Teacher Leadership Residency III1
Specialization Courses (numbered 5000 & above) 29
Total Hours Required for the Degree27

Work in course must focus on content of candidate’s certification field.


Themes to select from, in consultation with advisor, include but are not limited to:

Early Childhood Education
ESOL (endorsement)
Career and Technical Education
Gifted Education (endorsement)
Instructional Technology
Leadership (GaPSC pre-service courses)
Online Teaching (endorsement)
Physical Education
Reading (endorsement)
Special Education
Any combination of above