May 14, 2021
General Program Information
Virginia Foley, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator
502 Warf-Pickel Hall
Faculty: 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 field work.
Program Admission Requirements
In addition to the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, this program requires
- A personal essay in which the applicant discusses interest in the program and career goals
- Four (4) letters of recommendation, including a superintendent or comparable supervisor
- Current resume
- Minimum of three years of successful teaching experience in P12
- Copy of valid teaching license(s)
All applicants who have submitted required documentation will be interviewed.
The GPA for the applicant will be considered in context of the overall cohort (admitted students’ average) GPA average that must meet or exceed the accrediting body’s (CAEP) minimum of 3.0.
Educational Leadership, Ed.S.
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.
Field-based experiences will be required in a number of courses. Students enrolled in the Ed.S. program will be required to complete a major field project that results in a culminating experience such as the completion and presentation of an action research project, an evaluation project, or an in-depth study of a contemporary issue or practice in education. ELPA 6220 - Specialist Seminar will provide a framework for the culminating experience. This seminar should not be taken before at least 24 credits have been completed in the Ed.S. program.
Educational Leadership, Ed.S. Degree Requirements: 31 credits
Educational Leadership, Ed.S. Core Requirements: 7 credits
Administration Endorsement Concentration: 24 credits
In order to meet licensure requirements, students in this concentration are also required to take ELPA 6500 and ELPA 6600 .