Educational Administration Degree Programs in Georgia

Georgia has 17 schools that offer educational administration programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for the ten largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

In Georgia, the following educational administration programs are available: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Depending on the school, focus areas may be available in higher education or teacher leadership. Individuals who have earned an advanced education degree and are simply looking for a program that prepares them for certification can pursue non-degree options. Some programs may be offered in online and hybrid formats.

Career Requirements

To work as an education administrator in Georgia, such as a superintendent or principal, candidates must meet state licensing requirements, which include completing a graduate program approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and, in many cases, having at least three years of school experience. Read on for information about the ten largest universities in Georgia that have educational administration degrees, meet the state standards requirements and offer the Performance-Based Leadership Program certification, PL-6, which is the Specialist credential awarded by the GaPSC.


Columbus State University

This school, located in Columbus, has over 1,270 graduate students. Through its College of Education and Health Professions, students can earn a variety of post-graduate educational leadership degrees. The Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership has 16 faculty members and offers an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with an optional higher education track, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Leadership. Students seeking PL-6 certification can meet requirements with the Ed.S. program. The master's in educational leadership is only available online, though its higher education track is available as a hybrid online/offline program. The specialist degree is available online or on campus, and the doctoral degree program is available only on campus. Columbus State University offers a number of assistantship positions that graduate students can apply for.

  • Programs Offered: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
    M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Track,
    Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
    Ed.D. in Curriculum and Leadership
  • Graduate Tuition: $2,220 per semester for GA residents, $8,800 per semester for non-residents;
    $350 per credit for M.Ed. program;
    Ed.D. Program is $374 per credit for GA residents, $1,070 per credit for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; midsize city

Georgia College and State University

GCSU in Milledgeville has over 6,600 students, around 1,000 of whom are at the graduate level. Its Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership is part of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education. There are currently seven faculty members who teach educational leadership. Students interested in educational administration can earn an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. Graduates of the program are recommended for PL-6 certification upon completion of their degree. Students who have already earned an Ed.S. degree but are seeking PL-6 certification can participate in a non-degree program to meet certification requirements. Graduate students may be eligible for scholarships offered by the College of Education.

  • Program Offered: Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Tuition: $3,289 per semester for GA residents, $11,957 per semester for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; distant town

Georgia Regents University

Located in Augusta, this university was formed by a union between Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. It currently has over 9,500 students, with over 2,500 students enrolled in its graduate and professional programs. The Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Special Education, which has 24 faculty members, offers an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership that leads to PL-6 certification. For teachers who want to be leaders but don't seek an administration role, the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership may be of interest. Graduate students at Georgia Regents University can apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships.

  • Program Offered: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Tuition: $2,142 per semester for GA residents, $7,974 per semester for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; midsize city

Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University is located in Statesboro and enrolls over 20,000 students, around 2,500 of whom are graduate students. Educational leadership degrees are offered through the university's Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, which has 10 faculty members. Students can pursue an M.Ed. through an on-campus or online program in educational leadership or an on-campus program in higher education administration. The university also offers Ed.S. programs in educational leadership and higher education administration and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration. Students can meet PL-6 certification requirements through the Ed.S. programs or through a separate certification program.

  • Programs Offered: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
    M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration,
    Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
    Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration,
    Ed.D. in Educational Administration
  • Graduate Tuition: $3,150 per semester for GA residents, $12,587 per semester for non-residents; $400 per credit for online M.Ed. Program*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; remote town

Georgia State University

Located in Atlanta, Georgia State University is the second-largest school in the state offering educational administration programs, with over 32,000 students, nearly 8,000 of whom are in graduate programs. The university's College of Education offers M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs in educational leadership. Students in these degree programs work with four faculty members. PL-6 certification can be earned through an add-on program, which is completed alongside the Ed.S. degree. Georgia State University also offers a unique teacher leadership master's degree program focused on urban school settings.

  • Programs Offered: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
    Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
    Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Tuition: $4,032 per semester for GA residents, $14,400 per semester for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large city

Kennesaw State University

Located in Kennesaw, this school enrolls around 24,000 students, over 1,800 of whom are earning graduate degrees. Part of the Bagwell College of Education, the Department of Educational Leadership has six faculty members and offers an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Students can prepare for PL-6 leadership certification through the Ed.S. program or through a certification-only program. Educators who wish to be both teachers and leaders may be interested in Kennesaw State's Ed.S. or Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership. Graduate students can apply for scholarships and may be eligible for tuition waivers through graduate research assistantships.

  • Programs Offered: Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
    Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Tuition: $3,100 per semester for GA residents, $11,195 per semester for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; large suburb

Mercer University

Mercer University in Macon enrolls over 8,000 students, nearly half of whom are at the graduate level. Through its Tift College of Education, which has 74 faculty members, students can earn an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (P-12), a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (P-12) or a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education). All four programs are offered at the Macon and Atlanta campuses; the specialist degree is also offered at the Savannah campus. Students can earn PL-6 or PL-7 certification through the Ed.S. program or through a separate, non-degree certificate program. Mercer University also offers an Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership for educators who are seeking non-administration leadership roles.

  • Programs Offered: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
    Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (P-12),
    Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (P-12),
    Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education)
  • Graduate Tuition: $515 per credit for educational leadership programs; $645 per credit for Ph.D. programs*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, private not-for-profit; small city

University of Georgia

Located in Athens, the University of Georgia was the first university in the state, charted in 1785. It is also the largest school in the state that offers educational administration programs, with over 34,000 students, around 8,500 of whom are graduate students. The university's College of Education has over 200 faculty and 5,000 students. Its Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, which has ten faculty, offers M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs in educational administration and policy and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Students in the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs have the option to pursue leadership certification, though non-certification degree options are also offered. Graduate students may be eligible for fellowships, assistantships and awards.

  • Programs Offered: M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy,
    Ed.S. in Educational Administration and Policy,
    Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy,
    Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Tuition: $3,700 per semester for GA residents, $11,200 per semester for non-residents; M.Ed. and Ed.S. Programs are $4,239 per semester for GA residents, $11,575 per semester for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; midsize city

University of West Georgia

Enrolling over 11,500 students, with around 1,600 at the graduate level, the University of West Georgia in Carrollton offers two degree programs in educational administration. Its Department of Leadership and Instruction has five educational leadership faculty members. Education professionals seeking work as a school administrator can pursue an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership or a Ed.D. in School Improvement. Students can fulfill PL-6 certification requirements through the Ed.S. program or through a non-degree certificate option.

  • Programs Offered: Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
    Ed.D. in School Improvement
  • Graduate Tuition: $2,230 per semester for GA residents, $8,940 per semester for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; fringe town

Valdosta State University

Located in Valdosta, this school has over 13,000 students, over 2,300 of whom are graduate students. Through VSU's graduate school, students can earn an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership with an administration track, an Ed.S. in Performance-Based Leadership or an Ed.D. in Leadership. Students who complete the specialist degree are recommended for PL-6 certification in the state of Georgia. Professional educators seeking teacher leadership roles may be interested in Valdosta State University's Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership program.

  • Programs Offered: M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership: Administration Track,
    Ed.S. in Performance-Based Leadership,
    Ed.D. in Leadership
  • Graduate Tuition: $2,672 per semester for GA residents, $9,461 per semester for non-residents*
  • School Type & Setting: Four-year, public; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Educational Administration Degree Programs Offered Graduate Tuition (2012-2013)
Columbus State University Four-year, public; midsize city M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Track,
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Leadership
$2,220 per semester for GA residents, $8,800 per semester for non-residents;
$350 per credit for M.Ed. program;
Ed.D. Program is $374 per credit for GA residents, $1,070 per credit for non-residents*
Georgia College and State University Four-year, public; distant town Ed.S. in Educational Leadership $3,289 per semester for GA residents, $11,957 per semester for non-residents*
Georgia Regents University Four-year, public; midsize city M.Ed. in Educational Leadership $2,142 per semester for GA residents, $7,974 per semester for non-residents*
Georgia Southern University Four-year, public; remote town M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration,
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration,
Ed.D. in Educational Administration
$3,150 per semester for GA residents, $12,587 per semester for non-residents; $400 per credit for online M.Ed. Program*
Georgia State University Four-year, public; large city M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
$4,032 per semester for GA residents, $14,400 per semester for non-residents*
Kennesaw State University Four-year, public; large suburb Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
$3,100 per semester for GA residents, $11,195 per semester for non-residents*
Mercer University Four-year, private not-for-profit; small city M.Ed. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership (P-12),
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (P-12),
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education)
$515 per credit for educational leadership programs; $645 per credit for Ph.D. programs*
University of Georgia Four-year, public; midsize city M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy,
Ed.S. in Educational Administration and Policy,
Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy,
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
$3,700 per semester for GA residents, $11,200 per semester for non-residents; M.Ed. and Ed.S. Programs are $4,239 per semester for GA residents, $11,575 per semester for non-residents*
University of West Georgia Four-year, public; fringe town Ed.S. in Educational Leadership,
Ed.D. in School Improvement
$2,230 per semester for GA residents, $8,940 per semester for non-residents*
Valdosta State University Four-year, public; small city M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership: Administration Track,
Ed.S. in Performance-Based Leadership,
Ed.D. in Leadership
$2,672 per semester for GA residents, $9,461 per semester for non-residents*

Source: *Schools' websites.

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