Educational Leadership - Student Personnel Leadership

ETSU Online Master of Education Degree

Master of Education in Educational Leadership
School Personnel Leadership Concentration

Student Personnel Leadership Concentration, M.Ed. Program Overview

The online Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program prepares the 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. The purpose of the Student Personnel Leadership concentration is to respond to the ever-increasing need for providing new leaders and improving skills of existing leadership in entry to mid-level staff in two- and four-year institutions of higher education.

The program is 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 purpose of the School Administration and Leadership concentration is the development of principals, assistant principals, and school district office leaders. It leads to Instructional Leadership Licensure - Beginning (ILL-B) from the Tennessee Department of Education.

  1. Individuals applying to the Student Personnel Leadership master’s degree program in educational leadership must meet the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, transfer of credit, and time limitations specified in the front section of the School of Graduate Studies catalog. In addition, applicants must meet the specific requirements for admission to the department overseeing this program.
  2. Applicants for admission to programs leading to a master’s degree must show a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or an upper level GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPAs in major field of study, calculated individually, must also be above 2.75. All exceptions to the 2.75 GPA for admissions must be approved on appeal.
  3. Applicants may apply at any time during the year, although admission decisions will be made in the semester prior to the start of a new cohort group. This requires a November 1 application deadline for programs beginning in January, a March 1 application deadline for programs beginning in May, and a June 1 application deadline for programs beginning in August.

Applicants must be admitted to the master’s degree program to receive credit toward the degree. Applicants for admission must demonstrate the ability to achieve Tennessee standards for administrative endorsements before being granted consideration for recommendation for public school certification.

Prior to being admitted, applicants must also submit:

a. a completed ETSU application; to include three (3) letters of recommendation,
b. a current resume, and
c. all prior college transcripts

Applicants will also be asked to participate in a personal interview.

Your M.Ed Program

  • COUN 5150 - Career Development: Theory, Research and Practice (3 credits)
  • COUN 5721 - Trends and Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • COUN 5722 - Student Development and the College Environment (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 5100 - Interpersonal Relations (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5600 - Shaping the Quality and Character of the Institution (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5820 - Introduction to Higher Education in America (3 credits)
  • ELPA 5822 - Legal Issues in Student Personnel (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6581 - Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits) 
  • ELPA 6870 - Field Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits) or
  • ELPA 6952 - Action Research (3 credits)

Total Required Coursework: 36 Credit Hours

Source: ETSU 2015-16 Graduate Catalog
Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
Student Personnel 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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