Ed.S. Educational Leadership
The Department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis offers four (4) concentrations leading to the Specialist in Education Degree(Ed.S.): administrative endorsement, counselor leadership, school system leadership, and teacher leadership. The administrative endorsement concentration leads to beginning administrator license. Those applying to the Administrative Endorsement or Teacher Leadership concentration must also submit a copy of their teaching certificate(s). Transfers From Other Institutions—Students must earn a minimum of 31 credit-hours above the master’s degree to become eligible for the awarding of the specialist degree. Nine (9) semester credits of appropriate graduate credit earned after completion of the master’s degree from an accredited institution may be used in an Ed.S. program, if recommended by the student’s graduate committee and approved by the registrar, program coordinator, and the deans of the College of Education and School of Graduate Studies. Field Experience — 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. The Specialist Seminar (ELPA 6220) will provide a framework for the culminating experience. This seminar should not be taken before at least 24 semester credits have been completed in the Ed.S. program.
Accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education and NCATE
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