Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)

The goal of the Specialist Program in Teacher Leadership is to develop distinguished contributing teachers as leaders, mentors, and models across schools and systems. The Specialist Program in Teacher Leadership offers components that address the qualities necessary for distinguished teaching and leadership. The program provides a rigorous and scholarly pragmatic approach that meets the needs of candidates in various geographic and educational contexts. To that end, participants complete 30 hours of coursework, which combine theory and practice and culminate in a research based project aimed at school improvement.

(Piedmont College Course Catalog 2010-2011, p. 312)

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Dr. Pat McCollum
Ed.S. Coordinator
(706)-778-8500 Ext. 1341

Graduate Admissions

1. Completed Education Graduate Application

2. Application fee of $30.00 (non-refundable); after the published application deadline, the fee will be $100.

3. All official and final transcripts from every college attended for both the bachelors and masters degrees. 

4. Three professional references on Piedmont College reference forms. One reference must be from supervising administrator, one from a former professor or SDU instructor, and one from another professional in education. These must be mailed to Graduate Studies from the person completing the reference.

5. Copy of current clear, renewable Level 5 T, S, or L certificate.

6. GRE general test score or Miller Analogies Test score or other approved standardized test score taken for admission to graduate level study.    Test scores should be sent to Graduate Studies from the testing service. Graduates from Piedmont College Master of Arts for Advanced Certification are exempt from this requirement (More information).

7.Photocopies of the two most recent years annual evaluations attached.

8. Letter of Intent following guidelines outlined on the Letter of Intent form.

9. Professional Activities Resume following guidelines outlined on the Professional Activities Resume form.

10. Personal Affirmation Form



Education Specialist Degree Ed.S.

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) develops distinguished contributing teachers as leaders, mentors, and models across schools and systems.

Education Specialist Graduate Packet (Click to Download)

Education Specialist in Teacher Leadership (PDF)

Other Forms and Information
Academic Information
Admissions Information
Ed.S. Handbook
Candidate Portfolio Assessment

Ed.S. and Ed.D. Letter of Intent (PDF)

Ed.S. and Ed.D. Professional Activities Resume (PDF)

Specialist Degree Learning Outcomes

1) Specialist Candidates will demonstrate proactive knowledge of techniques that bring about
positive change in schools, schooling and practices.

2) Specialist Candidates will be use assessment of characteristics and needs of student learners.

3) Specialist Candidates (through reflection) will conduct self-assessment.

4) Specialist Candidates will reflect and improve on student learning.

5) Specialist Candidates will integrate technology to enhance learning.

6) Specialist Candidates will model, develop, and deliver content expertise.

7) Specialist Candidates will generate and use proactive and scholarly research to improve schooling.

8) Specialist Candidates will create learning communities.

9) Specialist Candidates will provide leadership for creating democratic learning.

10) Specialist Candidates will contribute to professional growth of their profession.

11) Specialist Candidates will demonstrate ethical dimensions of teaching.

Contact Us

Ed.S. Coordinator: Dr. Pat McCollum

706-778-8500 Ext. 1341

Piedmont College, 165 Central Avenue, Demorest, GA 30535 Arrendale 840 - School of Education (Demorest Campus)


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