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: As of Summer 2017, the admission requirements have changed to reflect new GAPSC standards. 

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 a minimum of a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for a graduate degree, calculated on all work attempted in which letter grades are awarded; applicants having a cumulative graduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for a graduate degree must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.  Recommended scores for admission are:
    • GRE - 145 Verbal and 139 Quantitative
    • MAT - 380
  • Undergraduate transcripts are not necessary.  One must have a cumulative Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must hold Tier 1 Educational Leadership Certificate or a grandfathered L or PL certificate in Educational Leadership from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).

Superintendent Letter of Assurance

  • Must be signed by a system/agency administrator to verify the candidate is serving in a leadership position.
  • The employing system/agency must have an active partnership with VSU.
  • A leadership position at either a P12 school, system level, or related agency; applicants not serving in a leadership position (as described) may be enrolled if Valdosta State University and the employer establish a formal, written agreement specifying the candidate will be released from other responsibilities for a portion of the school week sufficient in length to allow the applicant to participate in, and successfully complete, residency performances. 
  • Must be submitted by mail, fax, or scanned email attachment to the Graduate School.

Career Goal Statement

  • No more than 250 words, to be submitted to the Graduate School with the rest of the application materials. 
  • The statement must demonstrate:
    • 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 your career goals, how the degree contributes to reaching these career goals, and why VSU was selected for this graduate work.

Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment

Program Entry test 370

  • Evidence of completion must be submitted to the Graduate School. 
  • Applicants having completed this entry requirement for Tier 1 certification need not complete the assessment. 

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.
  • 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.

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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