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Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

College of Education

Admission

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The deadline for applications each semester is published on the School of Graduate Studies website. However, we will interview applicants beyond the deadline if space is available in the next cohort. Contact the ELPA Graduate Program Coordinator for the concentration of interest for more information about deadlines

A requirement for all Ed.D concentrations is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
To register for the GRE please visit: www.gre.org

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Counselor Leadership Concentration


401 A Warf Pickel Hall
423-439-4191

Post-Secondary and Private Sector Concentration


504 Warf Pickel Hall
423-439-7619

School Leadership Concentration


524 Warf Pickel Hall
423-439-7617

Student Personnel Concentration


514 Warf Pickel Hall
423-439-7621

Teacher Leadership Concentration and Administrative Endorsement Concentration


502 Warf Pickel Hall
423-439-7615

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers two concentrations at the Master's level: Administrative Endorsement and Student Personnel.

Administrative Endorsement 

This concentration is designed to prepare educators for beginning administrative positions at the campus or district level. It leads to Tennessee licensure as a Beginning Administrator. Entrance requirements include a bachelor's degree, teaching certificate, and three years of successful teaching experience (P-12). The culminating experience is a professional portfolio review. Students seeking a master's degree are applying for admission into the Administrative Endorsement concentration.

Masters degree program applicants must have a bachelors degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on 4.0 scale. 

Materials to be submitted:

  • Completed application form
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Personal essay
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching license
  • Four recommendations (one from applicant's superintendent or other comparable supervisor)

Student Personnel 

This concentration is designed to respond to the ever-increasing need for new leaders and improving skills of existing leadership in entry to mid-level staff in two and four year institutions of higher education. Students seeking a master's degree are applying for admission into the Student Personnel concentration. 

Master's degree program applicants must have a bachelor's degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or an upper level GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale. 

Materials to be submitted:

  • Completed application form
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Current Resume
  • Three recommendations

 

This program is designed for educators already holding a Master's degree, but desiring more advanced preparation in educational leadership. The various concentration areas serve teachers who seek to improve their classroom leadership skills, teachers seeking initial administrative licensure, and teachers or administrators who already hold administrative licensure and seek further knowledge and skills related to school administration. For some students, the Ed. S. may be the terminal degree; for others, it may be an intermediary degree between the Master's and Doctorate. The program's culminating experience is an action research project conducted throughout the program of studies.

 Students seeking an education specialist degree are applying for admission into one of these concentrations:

Education Specialist applicants must hold a bachelors degree and a masters degree. 

Materials to be submitted:

  • Completed application form
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Four recommendations

 

This terminal degree program is designed for students already holding a Master's or Specialist degree and seeking advanced knowledge and skills in educational leadership and research. It culminates with a research project reported in the form of a doctoral dissertation. Various concentration areas serve teachers who seek greater knowledge related to educational leadership, teachers seeking initial administrative licensure, teachers or administrators seeking further knowledge and skills related to school administration, and professionals seeking knowledge and skills related to leadership positions in higher education, public agencies, or private sector areas related to education.

Students seeking a doctoral degree are applying for admission into one of these concentrations:

Materials to be submitted:

  • Completed application form
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Four recommendations
  • Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), must be obtained within five years of the application
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