Educational Leadership - Teacher Leadership

ETSU Online Master of Education Degree Program

Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Teacher Leadership Concentration

Teacher 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. 

With the changing responsibilities of school administrators, more emphasis is being placed on teachers as leaders. There is increasing demand for teachers to serve as curriculum coaches and coaching other teachers. National Teacher Leader Standards have been used in the development of this concentration.

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 concentration in Teacher Leadership (P-12) is to respond to the changes in administrative licensure in Tennessee.

  1. Individuals applying to the Teacher 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
c. all prior college transcripts

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

Your M.Ed Program

  • CUAI 5102 - Teaching for Understanding (3 credits)
  • CUAI 5103 - Assessing for Understanding (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5010 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (1 credit, may be repeated for a total of 3 credits)
  • EDFN 5104 - Philosophy and Psychological Theories of Learning (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5204 - Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 5100 - Interpersonal Relations (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5106 - Instructional Leadership through Coaching and Mentoring (3 credits)
  • ELPA 5108 - Leadership for Differentiating Classrooms (3 credits)
  • ELPA 5600 - Shaping the Quality and Character of the Institution (6 credits)
  • READ 5105 - Leading Literacy in the 21st Century (3 credits)

Total Required Coursework: 37 Credit Hours

Source: ETSU 2015 - 2016 Graduate Catalog
Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
Teacher 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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