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 teacher leadership concentration is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers in the public schools who have a desire to develop a greater understanding of the teaching-learning process and the role of teacher leaders in 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
Courses are taken in the student’s area of teaching specialty (e.g., Early Childhood Education, Math Education, Science Education, or in the disciplines).
Total Hours: 31 Credit Hours
Source: 2014-2015 ETSU Graduate Catalog,
Educational Leadership, Ed.S. (Teacher Leadership Concentration)
2014-15 ETSU graduate base tuition plus online fees*:
*Tuition cost reflected here includes 2014-2015 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.