Major Instructional Leadership
Degree Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Concentrations Instructional Leadership with Licensure


Candidates interested in the Licensure concentration are those who desire to become school principals.          

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires the applicant to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Additional Admissions Requirements for Licensure Concentration

In addition to the requirements listed above, licensure applicants are required to submit a district recommendation form that provides evidence of the following (a) successful completion of an Educator Preparation Program, (b) a valid teacher’s license from Tennessee or a State other than Tennessee (c) a minimum of two years of qualifying education experience as defined by department, (d) demonstrated effectiveness as an educator in most recent two years as evidenced by a state-approved evaluation model or similar measures for educators employed in schools that do not use the state approved evaluation model, (e) disposition form , (f) three letters of recommendation on official employment letterhead; (g) an acceptable score on an interview conducted by a program admissions committee inclusive of LEA representation.

Each student must be interviewed by a committee of professional administrators prior to admission to the program. The admissions committee will review and evaluate the entire academic and professional record in making the admission decision. Each student must inform his or her advisor early in the program that Principal/Supervisor licensure is being sought. All candidates must complete and successful defend a required Action Research Project.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the admissions criteria may submit a letter of appeal. The applicant may submit an appeal request form and must include the following: (a) an acceptable work record (resume or curriculum vita), (b) three written letters of recommendation indicating probable success in the program, and (c) completion of the appeals request form to be considered as a conditional student. The appeal’s documents must be submitted to the Department Chair. The department chair will provide a recommendation for approval. The Dean will make the final decision.

The student must remove conditional status in the first nine hours of graduate courses; failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by the deadlines below:

Fall Admission

 July 1st

Spring Admission

  November 1st

Summer Admission

 February 1st


Transfer Credits

Candidates wishing to transfer credit(s) toward the M.Ed. program may transfer a maximum of twelve (12) relevant graduate credit hours from an accredited institution for courses that correspond to program/state requirements.  All courses must be reviewed and approved by your academic advisor and the department chair.

Program of Study

Major Field Core (15 Semester hours)

EDAD 5020

Philosophy & Introduction   to Ed.   Adm.                           

EDAD 5030

Instructional   Leadership                                               

EDAD 5200

Human Resource   Management                                     

EDAD 5640

 Social Political Issues                        

EDAD 5050

Educational   Law                                                          

Concentration (18 Semester Hours)

EDAD 5515

Administrative Internship   I                                           

EDAD 5516

Administrative Internship   II                                          


(EDAD 5515 Prerequisite for   EDAD 5516)

EDAD 5080

Action Research for   Educators                                      

EDAD 5090

Assessment for   Leaders                                               

EDAD 5720

School   Finance                                                            

EDAD 5517

Administrative Internship   III                                        


(EDAD 5515 & 5516   Prerequisite for EDAD 5517)

EDCI  6100

Curriculum Planning and   Programs                                

EDAD 6200

Organ/Admin of Secondary   Schools                               

Total degree requirement: 33 hours

*Please see your advisor before registering for courses. Programs of study may vary dependent upon individual date of admission.


Candidates for the M.Ed. degree must take a minimum of 33 hours of course work, pass the comprehensive examinations, and pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA). The program of study must be completed after nine (9) hours or coursework. All candidates must meet with their advisor prior to registration each semester.  Courses must be taken in order as determined by program requirements.  All students must complete a Comprehensive Examination Application one semester prior to their intended examination date.  All applications must be approved by your academic advisor.  All examination dates can be located on the Graduate School Academic Calendar.

For More Information Contact:  Dr. Twianie Roberts, (615) 963-2299, Interim Department Chair

Important Resources

Graduate School

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

2021-2023 Graduate School Catalog

2019-2021 Graduate School Catalog

2017-2018 M.Ed./Ed.S Practicum Guide

International Students

Apply for Graduate Assistantship

Comprehensive Examination Study Guide






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