Sep 30, 2023
General Program Information
Lisa Dunkley, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
303 Warf Pickel Hall
Faculty: Rebekah Byrd; Rebecca Milner; Emily Donald; Janna Scarborough; William Flora.
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. Student programs are designed to develop educational leaders through the study and practical application of educational foundations, theory, research, and field work.
Together with the department of counseling and human services, the department of educational leadership and policy analysis offers an educational specialist (Ed.S.) Concentration in counseling leadership. This 31 credit program is designed to provide advanced, post-master’s training in counseling and consultation as well as leadership skills that will provide updated, evidence-based, knowledge and skills and prepare professionals for administrative positions within various school systems and community agencies. The program is delivered through a cohort model with online coursework. Those interested in applying for this program should contact Dr. Janna Scarborough at (423) 439-4191 and should review the application for this concentration.
Program Admission Requirements
Applications for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and to the Ed.S. program may be obtained by contacting the office of the School of Graduate Studies. All students must submit a resume as part of their application.
An applicant seeking admission to the specialist in education degree must hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. The following must be submitted before an applicant will be considered for admission:
- Nonrefundable application fee.
- A completed application form.
- One official transcript from each undergraduate or graduate institution attended, except previous coursework taken at ETSU. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts.
- A personal essay.
- Four (4) letters of recommendation.
- All students must submit a resume as part of their application.
For the education specialist degree, the time limit is five (5) years from the date of enrollment in the earliest course applied toward the degree, including transferred courses.
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
|Advisor Approved Electives
Educational Leadership, Ed.S. Core Requirements: 7 credits
Counselor Leadership Concentration: 18 credits
Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits