General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Cindy Hill; email@example.com; (423) 439-6590
Gregory Aloia, Ph.D., Dean of Clemmer College
319 Warf-Pickel Hall
Donald Good, Ed.D., Department Chair, Graduate Coordinator, Student Personnel Leadership, M.Ed.
514 Warf-Pickel Hall
Virginia Foley, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator, School Administration and Leadership, M.Ed.
502 Warf-Pickel Hall
Bethany Flora; William Flora; Virginia Foley; Catherine H. Glascock; Don Good; Hal Knight; James Lampley; Jasmine Renner; Pam Scott; Terry Tollefson.
The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis has as its primary purpose the graduate preparation of individuals who will serve as educational leaders in K-12 schools, community/technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and other organizations/agencies that offer educational programs and services. Programs in the department are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Programs leading to licensure are also approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Student programs are individually designed to develop educational leaders through the study and practical application of educational foundations, theory, research, and field work.
Three degree programs are offered in the department, each of which has a unique emphasis: (1) doctor of education degree (Ed.D.) involving advanced study in educational leadership that culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation in the field of educational leadership, (2) specialist in education degree (Ed. S.) that provides advanced preparation in educational leadership, and (3) master’s degree (M. Ed.) program in educational leadership.
Program Admission Requirements
The purpose of the School Administration and Leadership concentration is the development of principals, assistant principals, and school district office leaders. It leads to Instructional Leadership Licensure - Beginning (ILL-B) from the Tennessee Department of Education.
- Individuals applying to the master’s degree program in educational leadership must meet the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, transfer of credit, and time limitations specified in the front section of this catalog. In addition, applicants must meet the specific requirements for admission to the department identified in this catalog.
- The applicant must have completed a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience P12 prior to admission.
- Applicants for admission to programs leading to a master’s degree must show a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or an upper level GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPAs in professional education, psychology, and major field of study, calculated individually, must also be above 2.75. All exceptions to the 2.75 GPA for admissions must be approved on appeal.
- Applicants may apply at any time during the year, although admission decisions will be made in the semester prior to the start of a new cohort group. This requires an October 1 application deadline for programs beginning in January, February 1 application deadline for programs beginning in May, and a May 1 application deadline for programs beginning in August.
Applicants must be admitted to the master’s degree program to receive credit toward the degree. Applicants for admission must demonstrate the ability to achieve Tennessee standards for administrative endorsements before being granted consideration for recommendation for public school certification. Prior to being admitted, applicants must also submit:
- a letter of support from the applicant’s superintendent or other comparable supervisor;
- three (3) additional letters of recommendation;
- a current résumé and license;
- a copy of their teaching license.
Applicants will also be asked to participate in a personal interview
Cohort-All students in the Master of Education program in educational leadership will move through the degree program as part of a cohort group. Cohort students will begin the program in the same semester and continue through the program with the same group, taking one 6-hour credit course each succeeding semester until the program is completed. Applicants should contact the graduate coordinator of the ELPA master’s degree program for information about when a new cohort program will be starting.
Educational Leadership, M.Ed. Degree Requirements: 37 credits
Educational Leadership, M.Ed. (School Administration and Leadership Concentration) Core Requirements: 37 credits
The required sequence of courses has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as meeting requirements for Beginning Administrator Endorsement.
Portfolio Development-While in the program students will develop a professional portfolio, the presentation and committee review of which will serve as a culminating experience. Development of the portfolio provides each student with opportunities for reflection and self-evaluation. The portfolio also serves to spotlight skills and accomplishments that will be of interest to future employers. Specific information on the required elements for the portfolio may be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator.
Internship-Students in the master’s degree program in School Administration and Leadership complete an extensive internship under the direction of an approved mentor. The purpose of the internship is to engage in substantial practical application of the knowledge and theory generated in each course. This internship extends through the duration of the program.
Performance Assessment-Students in the master’s degree program in educational leadership will be engaged in assessments that are based on the NCATE and Tennessee standards underlying the thematic core curriculum. These assessments will include written examinations, videotaped performances, materials development, research projects, internship performance, and oral presentations.
Instructional Leadership License-Beginning-The applicant for beginning administrator must have completed the approved master’s degree program in educational leadership. The applicant must successfully pass the examination required by the Tennessee Department of Education.