Performance Based Leadership Doctorate

The PL Certification concentration offers leadership doctoral students the opportunity to become certified in performance-based leadership at the building or system level (PL6 or PL7) while developing into effective, ethical, leaders and researchers who have the capacity to maximize achievement in schools. The Ed.D. with a Performance Based Leadership concentration is a 60 semester hour program including 18 hours of advanced performance-based work in your school or system, and  a minimum of 9 hours of dissertation credit.  A passing score on the GACE-Leadership is also required for certification. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats including online, weekend, and condensed summer sessions.

For admission to the program the candidate must

  • Be fully admitted to the Ed.D. in Leadership (Fall admission only—application deadline is March 15)

  • Be employed in a leadership role as defined by the local system, assure the system has a leadership preparation partnership with VSU, and submit a signed Superintendent’s Assurance Form.  This form must be submitted to Dr. Leon Pate (jlpate@valdosta.edu) the semester prior to entering the first residency course (LEAD 8920).

Doctoral students holding a T or S certificate and serving in leadership roles (as defined by their school system) may upgrade to a level 7 certificate by completing the Ed.D. in Leadership with a Performance-Based Certification concentration and passing the GACE-Leadership test. Candidates holding a level 5 certificate and serving in leadership roles (as defined by their school system) may apply for PL certification and an upgrade to level 6 after completing all course work, passing comprehensive exams and the GACE-Leadership test.  Candidates holding a T or S certificate are required to complete PL certification requirements prior to being eligible for any upgrade.

Coursework is offered at the Valdosta State University and Macon State College campuses. 

The admission deadline for fall, 2013 at VSU and Macon is March 15th.

Leadership Doctorate and Georgia Certification Information