Administrative Endorsement, Ed.S.

ETSU Online Education Specialist Degree Program

Online Educational Leadership, Ed.S. 
Administrative Endorsement Concentration 

Program Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis has as its primary purpose the graduate preparation of individuals who will serve as educational leaders in K-12 schools, community/technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and other organizations/agencies that offer educational programs and services. Programs in the department are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Programs leading to licensure are also approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Student programs are individually designed to develop educational leaders through the study and practical application of educational foundations, theory, research, and field work. The administrative endorsement concentration leads to beginning administrator license.

Who this Ed.S. program is for

The applicant for endorsement as principal or district-level supervisor shall hold a teacher's professional certificate. The applicant should have completed the approved master's degree program in educational leadership. The applicant shall have had a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience and/or administrative experience in grades for which the certification is sought. The applicant must successfully pass the examination required by the Tennessee Department of Education. For a "Type B" Beginning Administrator Endorsement, the applicant shall successfully complete an appropriate, supervised, Standard Ninety-Day Internship or Alternative Ninety-Day Internship as part of the planned program. No ninety-day internship program is required to receive a "Type A" Beginning Administrator Endorsement. The State Department of Education adds the endorsement of Beginning Administrator (K-12) to an existing teaching certificate.

Program Admission

Applications for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and to the Ed.S. program may be obtained by contacting the office of the School of Graduate Studies. All students must submit a résumé as part of their application. 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.

Potential students will be notified of screening times. The screening process consists of an evaluation of each student in terms of selected criteria for admission. Each criterion has been assigned a numerical value. The total of these values equals a possible 85 points. (The admission process for the Counselor Leadership concentration is conducted through the counseling program.)

1. Writing Skills                                   10 points
2. Scholarship (Graduate Level)             15 points
3. Speaking Skills                                10 points
4. Evidence of Leadership (to date)        10 points
5. Estimated Leadership Potential         10 points
6. Employment Record                         10 points
7. Four Letters of Recommendation       20 points

Potential students seeking the Ed.S. in the Administrative Endorsement concentration must demonstrate the ability to achieve Tennessee standards for Administrative Endorsement.

Your Online Educational Leadership, Ed.S. (Administrative Endorsement Concentration) Program

  • ELPA 6450 - Leadership Studies (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6951 - Seminar in Research Analysis and Interpretation (3 credits) or
  • ELPA 6872 - Technology Applications for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6220 - Specialist Seminar (1 credit)
  • ELPA 6100 - Interpersonal Relations (6 credits)
  • ELPA 6200 - Emerging Perspectives Influencing the School (6 credits)
  • ELPA 6300 - Professional Needs of Individuals and Groups (6 credits)
  • ELPA 6400 - Developing Learners Through Instructional Leadership (6 credits)

Total Hours: 31 Credit Hours

Source: ETSU 2015-2016 Graduate Catalog
Educational Leadership, Ed.S.
Administrative Endorsement Concentration


2015-16 ETSU graduate base tuition plus online fees*:

  • $554 per credit hour for in-state students
  • $706 per credit hour for eRate for out-of-state students

*Tuition cost reflected here includes 2015-2016 base tuition and online fees only and does not include RODP courses and programs. Some courses and programs may have additional fees. More information can be found on the University Tuition and Fee Information and the Incidental Fee Information pages.

Students meeting the requirements for Border County residency qualify for in-state tuition rates. 

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