May 25, 2019
General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Virginia Foley, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator
502 Warf-Pickel Hall
William Flora; Virginia Foley; Pamela Scott.
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 and other organizations/agencies that offer educational programs and services. Programs in the department are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Student programs are designed to develop educational leaders through the study and practical application of educational foundations, theory, research, and practice.
Program Admission Requirements
(Currently in 18-19 catalog) 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
(From Degree & Grad Req page) The time limit for the master’s degree is six (6) years.
Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
Students admitted to this concentration are members of a cohort with a planned sequence of courses comprised of six credits each fall, spring, and summer semester.
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.