General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
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 Student Personnel Leadership concentration is to respond to the ever-increasing need for providing new leaders and improving skills of existing leadership in entry to mid-level staff in two- and four-year institutions of higher education.
- Individuals applying to the Student Personnel Leadership 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.
- 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 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 a November 1 application deadline for programs beginning in January, a March 1 application deadline for programs beginning in May, and a June 1 application deadline for programs beginning in August.
Prior to being admitted, applicants must submit:
- a completed ETSU application; to include three (3) letters of recommendation,
- a current resume, and
- all prior college transcripts.
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 two 3-hour credit courses each semester, except for two 6-hour courses, until the program is completed. Applicants should contact the graduate coordinator of the Student Personnel Leadership concentration of the ETSU master’s degree program for information about when a new cohort program will begin.