Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership - Tier I P-12 Leadership

Total Credit Hours: 30          Degree Format: Online

The M.Ed. in P-12 School Leadership is open to individuals who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited or approved college or university. Candidates must also show evidence of completion of the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment prior to enrollment.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Bochenko, email: mjbochenko@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5633

Department of Leadership, Technology, & Workforce Development Website

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Online Graduate Application
    • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
    • Apply Online
  • Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.
    • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
    • Must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale for an undergraduate or graduate degree calculated on all attempted coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
    • Applicants having a cumulative grade point average between 2.5 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for an undergraduate degree or a cumulative grade point average between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for a graduate degree must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.  Recommended scores for admission are:
      • GRE: 145 Verbal and 139 Quantitative
      • MAT: 380
  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or GACE Basic Skills Assessment
    • Applicants may submit a copy of the score report received when they complete the exam.
    • To document a GACE Program Admission Assessment exemption for state certification requirements, applicants may submit official scores meeting the following thresholds on the following exams:GRE taken before August 2011: 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative)
      • GRE taken August 2011 or later: 297 (Verbal + Quantitative)
      • SAT: 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative)
      • ACT: 43 (English + Math)
      • SAT and ACT scores may be documented by an official high school transcript, official college transcript with scores posted, or a score report from the testing service. 
    • Professionally certified educators (valid or expired) enrolling for the purpose of adding a new field of certification are not required to meet the Program Admission Assessment requirement). 
  • Career goal Statement/Writing Sample
    • This statement must demonstrate the following:
      • The ability to organize and articulate thoughts,
      • writing skills including grammar and punctuation,
      • the ability to set goals consistent with one's desired career path.
      • The statement must address the applicant's career goals and why VSU was selected for this graduate work.  
      • The statement should be no more than 250 words and is to be submitted to the Graduate School with the other application materials.  
  • Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (Program Entry Test 380)
    • Evidence of completion must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  • VSU Medical Form
    • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
    • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
    • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form
  • Verification of Lawful Presence (For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
    • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
    • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
    • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
    • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  The Ed.S. program requires applicants to be employed in a leadership role in a school system and to hold leadership certification. Meeting the requirements outlined below without certification and employment in an appropriate leadership role will not meet the criteria for admission.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Students will only be admitted as ‘Regular’ status students.
  • Requests for Irregular admission will not be considered for this M.Ed. programs at Valdosta State University.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

For additional program details contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Bochenko, email: mjbochenko@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5633.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduation Requirements Page

 

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. No more than 6 semester hours of post-master’s academic work may be transferred from another institution into a College of Education graduate program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old at the time of admission unless otherwise approved by the program.
  2. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4. If dismissed from the program a student will not be considered for readmission.

Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies Page

Total Credit Hours: 30          Degree Format: Online

The M.Ed. in P-12 School Leadership is open to individuals who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited or approved college or university. Candidates must also show evidence of completion of the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment prior to enrollment.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Bochenko, email: mjbochenko@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5633

Department of Leadership, Technology, & Workforce Development Website

ADMISSION DEADLINES

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Online Graduate Application
    • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
    • Apply Online
  • Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework.
    • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School
    • Must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale for an undergraduate or graduate degree calculated on all attempted coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
    • Applicants having a cumulative grade point average between 2.5 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for an undergraduate degree or a cumulative grade point average between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for a graduate degree must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.  Recommended scores for admission are:
      • GRE: 145 Verbal and 139 Quantitative
      • MAT: 380
  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or GACE Basic Skills Assessment
    • Applicants may submit a copy of the score report received when they complete the exam.
    • To document a GACE Program Admission Assessment exemption for state certification requirements, applicants may submit official scores meeting the following thresholds on the following exams:GRE taken before August 2011: 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative)
      • GRE taken August 2011 or later: 297 (Verbal + Quantitative)
      • SAT: 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative)
      • ACT: 43 (English + Math)
      • SAT and ACT scores may be documented by an official high school transcript, official college transcript with scores posted, or a score report from the testing service. 
    • Professionally certified educators (valid or expired) enrolling for the purpose of adding a new field of certification are not required to meet the Program Admission Assessment requirement). 
  • Career goal Statement/Writing Sample
    • This statement must demonstrate the following:
      • The ability to organize and articulate thoughts,
      • writing skills including grammar and punctuation,
      • the ability to set goals consistent with one's desired career path.
      • The statement must address the applicant's career goals and why VSU was selected for this graduate work.  
      • The statement should be no more than 250 words and is to be submitted to the Graduate School with the other application materials.  
  • Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment (Program Entry Test 380)
    • Evidence of completion must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  • VSU Medical Form
    • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
    • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
    • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form
  • Verification of Lawful Presence (For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
    • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
    • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
    • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
    • Check out a complete list of accepted documents and residency information here.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  The Ed.S. program requires applicants to be employed in a leadership role in a school system and to hold leadership certification. Meeting the requirements outlined below without certification and employment in an appropriate leadership role will not meet the criteria for admission.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

ADMISSION CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Students will only be admitted as ‘Regular’ status students.
  • Requests for Irregular admission will not be considered for this M.Ed. programs at Valdosta State University.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.
  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5
  • Email Us: gradschool@valdosta.edu 
  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

For additional program details contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Bochenko, email: mjbochenko@valdosta.edu, phone: 229-333-5633.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduation Requirements Page

 

RETENTION, DISMISSAL, & READMISSION POLICIES

  1. No more than 6 semester hours of post-master’s academic work may be transferred from another institution into a College of Education graduate program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old at the time of admission unless otherwise approved by the program.
  2. After admission, courses taken more than seven years prior to the semester of degree completion cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements or admission to doctoral candidacy requirements unless otherwise indicated by individual program requirements. 
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: Students admitted Fall 2011 and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.
  4. If dismissed from the program a student will not be considered for readmission.

Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies Page

The Graduate School
  • Converse Hall
    Suite 3100
    1500 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA. 31698
  • Mailing Address
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  • Phone: 229.333.5694
  • Fax: 229.245.3853
  • Office Hours:
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