Certification Only Performance-based Leadership

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Michael Bochenko Fall Semester: July 1 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy



Spring Semester: November 1 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5633

Summer Semester: April 1

Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology 

Admission Requirements

Please note: These requirements will be valid until the Summer 2017 semester. As of Summer 2017, the requirements will be updated to the new GAPSC requirements. 

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One transcript from each graduate institution where you have previously enrolled.

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold an Education Specialist or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Transcripts may be official or unofficial, faxed or emailed copies.
  • Undergraduate transcripts are not necessary.  One must have a cumulative Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must currently serve in a leadership role as defined by your school district.

Superintendent Letter of Assurance

  • Must be completed by the applicant’s local school system superintendent.
  • Must be submitted by mail, fax, or scanned email attachment to the Graduate School.

Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment

Program Entry test 370

  • Evidence of completion must be submitted to the Graduate School. 

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of 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.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

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.

Important Program Information

  • Financial Aid is not available for non-degree programs.

  • Effective Fall 2011 the GACE and NL-5 certificate will no longer be a condition of admission. Applicants will still need to be serving in a leadership role as defined by their school system.

International Applicants 

The Certificate-Only program is a non-degree granting program. Federal homeland security guidelines students visas cannot be issued for non-degree seeking programs. Additionally, the program requires applicants to be employed in a leadership role in a school system. Meeting the requirements outlined below without certification and employment in an appropriate leadership role will not meet the criteria for admission. 
Prospective students who completed coursework or degrees outside the U.S., please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
  • Course-by-Course Evaluation - 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, as it is more commonly called, must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service.  This document is required in conjunction with official transcripts from each institution (see page 1) and does not replace the transcript requirement.

Admission Classifications

  • Certification only students are classified as non-degree seeking, add-on certification students.
  • Students in these classifications are not eligible for federal financial aid.Irregular admission is not available for Certification-Only programs.

Admission 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







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




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