Ed.S. School System Leadership Concentration

ETSU Online Ed.S. School System Leadership

Educational Leadership, Ed.S. 
School System Leadership Concentration

School System Leadership Concentration, Ed.S. 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 school system leadership concentration is designed primarily for practitioners who already possess administrative license and desire to work in central office positions in public schools.


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

Your Program

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership (School System Leadership Concentration)

  • 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)

Must include twelve (12) credits within each of two (2) areas of specialization for a total of 24 credit-hours.

  • Supervision of Instruction Specialization (6 Credit Hours)
  • Guided Electives (6 Credit Hours)
  • Strategic Planning/Budgeting: (6 Credit Hours)
  • Specialization Required Guided Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Total Hours: 31 Credit Hours

Source: ETSU 2015-2016 Graduate Catalog
Educational Leadership, Ed.S
School System Leadership 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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