The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) authorized changes to rules impacting the preparation of educational leaders in 2006. Programs preparing educational leaders for clear renewable certification are now offered at the Educational Specialist level and they must be performance-based with over one-half of the program spent practicing authentic leadership tasks, in real school settings, in close partnership with the employing school district or agency. Along with these changes came the need to more closely monitor programs. For this reason, GaPSC requires Georgia-certified educators seeking certification in the field of Educational Leadership to complete only those programs that are approved by the GaPSC. Due to a rule change in 2009, institutions not administratively based in the state of Georgia that meet specific requirements are eligible to seek GaPSC approval for their Educational Leadership programs.
In order to seek GaPSC approval for an Education Specialist or Doctorate program in Educational Leadership, the institution must be fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Educational Leadership Program(s) must be Nationally Recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). Once these two qualifications are met, the institution may begin the GaPSC approval process for out-of-state Educational Leadership programs. From start to finish, the approval process can take up to one year and Georgia educators must not be admitted prior to approval. Advanced planning, dedicated resources, and a clear understanding of the process are essential for success. Useful resources are listed below for downloading.
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