Educational Leadership


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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Educational Leadership.  The department has a long history of producing exemplary educational leaders across the state and the nation.  Our faculty strives to prepare effective, innovative, and culturally responsive educational leaders who are capable of transforming organizations in a global society.

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership is to provide quality and customized educational programs that integrate theory, practice, research, and service to meet the leadership needs of local, state, national, and international organizations. We are proud of our graduates who are among the best in the state and the nation.  Students who have completed our programs have pursued and excelled in professional careers such as assistant principals, principals, teacher leaders, higher education administrators, directors, professors, superintendents, chancellors, and vice presidents.

The department offers three degree programs:  Masters of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.).  Our degree programs combine both conceptual and field-based experiences at the advanced level. All degree programs are approved by SACS and NCATE.  All administrative licensure programs have been recommended for full approval by the Tennessee Department of Education.  The department also has membership with prestigious organizations, such as University Council of Educational Administrators (UCEA) and the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), which makes it among the best in the nation.

As you peruse our website, I am sure that you will find many exciting opportunities for graduate education. Our programs are designed to specifically meet the needs of the busy professional.  Whether you desire to attend class at night, on the weekend, or simply take an online course, we have programs designed for you.  Please contact our office for more information on our degree offerings.


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