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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, M.Ed. (available online)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Cindy Hill; hillcc@etsu.edu; 423-439-6590

Dr. Hal Knight, Dean of the Clemmer College of Education

319 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70685
(423) 439-7616
e-mail: knighth@etsu.edu

Pam Scott, Department Chair

506 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70550
(423) 439-7618
e-mail: scottp@etsu.edu

Janna Scarborough, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, Counselor Leadership

301A Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70548
(423) 439-4191
e-mail: scarboro@etsu.edu

Virginia Foley, Graduate Coordinator, Teacher Leadership

502 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70550
(423) 439-7615
e-mail: foleyv@etsu.edu

Eric Glover, Graduate Coordinator, Administrative Endorsement

501B Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70550
(423) 439-7566
e-mail: glovere@etsu.edu

Jim Lampley, Graduate Coordinator, Postsecondary and Private Education

504 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70550
(423) 439-7619
e-mail: lampley@etsu.edu


Virginia Foley; Catherine H. Glascock; Don Good; Hal Knight; Eric Glover; James Lampley; Louise MacKay; 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 that leads to Beginning Administrator Licensure (Pre-K-12) from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Master of Education (Educational Leadership)

Program Admission Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. The applicant must have completed a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience P12 prior to admission.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. a letter of support from the applicant’s superintendent or other comparable supervisor;
  2. three (3) additional letters of recommendation;
  3. a current résumé and license;
  4. a copy of their teaching license.

Applicants will also be asked to participate in a personal interview.

Concentration Requirements

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.

Required Coursework—Graduate students admitted to the master’s degree program in educational leadership begin their program completing ELPA 5100 :Interpersonal Relations. The required sequence of courses has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as meeting requirements for Beginning Administrator Endorsement.

Total Required Coursework: 37 Credit Hours

Additional Information:

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.

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.

Beginning Administrator License —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.

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