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, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale, and submission of an official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) score of 370 is required for admission. All applicants must submit test scores at the time of application.

Applicants for the Non-licensure or Career and Technical Education Concentrations may be considered for conditional admission with a lower grade point average or MAT/GRE score. Non-licensure applicants whose grade point averages or standardized test scores are below those normally expected for admission, which may result in their admission being denied, may be given further consideration for admission to the M.Ed. program if the student provides the following: (a) an acceptable work record (a resume or curriculum vita), (b) three written recommendations indicating probable success in the program, and (c) a writing sample that will be scheduled through the department.

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.  There is no conditional admission for licensure candidates.

Additional Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. Licensure Concentration

In addition to the general admission requirements, consideration will be given to: (a) previous graduate GPA when the student has nine (9) or more graduate hours; (b) GRE or MAT scores; (c) a letter of recommendation on official employment letterhead; (d) a minimum of three years of work experience in the schools; (e) an acceptable score on an interview; (f) an acceptable score on a writing sample; (g) an acceptable score on in-basket exercises to be scheduled through the department; and (h) a teacher license. A Portfolio is required as part of the admissions process. The department will send the instructions for the portfolio upon receipt of your application in the department. The criteria listed above will be evaluated to determine the applicant’s overall potential for success in the program as compared to other applicants in the admissions cycle. There are no conditional admissions.

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 successfully defend a required Action Research Project.

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

Spring Admission

November 1st

Summer Admission

April 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

School and Community   Relations                                  

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. Terrance McNeil, (615) 963-2111,

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Important Resources

Graduate School

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

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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