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Allied Health, M.S.A.H.

 100% Online Allied Health, M.S.A.H.

The purpose of the Master of Science in Allied Health (MSAH) degree program is to prepare allied health professionals for positions in education and administration in their respective health care discipline. The goals of the Master of Science Degree in Allied Health program are as follows:

  • To prepare allied health practitioners to analyze, interpret, and respond to the major factors influencing health and health care policy.
  • To prepare allied health practitioners to have an understanding of administration/management skills.
  • To prepare allied health practitioners to function as educators and/or leaders in academic, clinical, or community settings.
  • To prepare allied health practitioners to be critical thinkers able to analyze concepts, principles, research, clinical findings, technologies, and outcomes and apply them to the professional practice.

Program Admission Requirements

Students who apply to the Master of Science Degree in Allied Health must meet all of the requirements of the master’s degree as established by the School of Graduate Studies at East Tennessee State University. They must also meet the following program specific requirements:

  • Attain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or equivalent.)
  • Hold a professional license in an allied health discipline.
  • Completed GRE exam.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or complete the GRE exam and based on the following formula score 1700 or higher; (GPA x 500+ GRE aptitude score (V+Q+A)).
  • Three professional letters of recommendation.

Admission is based on the GPA, GRE scores, quality of reference letters, strength of background, and available space in the program. The department can grant conditional admission to candidates not meeting all of the minimum requirements. All applicants must submit an official transcript, GRE scores, and letters of reference before their application will be reviewed.

Curriculum

The program of study in the Master of Science in Allied Health consists of 18 hours of major field core, 12 hours of guided electives, and a 6-hour thesis or non-thesis capstone project. The student will work with their advisor to select courses from the guided electives that meet their professional needs and career aspirations. Students have the option of guided electives in allied health administration and education, and public health.

Allied Health Core Requirements

  • ALHE 5000 - Information Technology in Allied Health Sciences (1 credit)
  • ALHE 5100 - Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams (2 credits)
  • ALHE 5200 - Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • ALHE 5050 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Allied Health (3 credits)
  • ALHE 5070 - Leadership Theory for Health Care Delivery (3 credits)
  • ALHE 5150 - Population Health Issues for the Allied Health Professional (3 credits)
  • ALHE 5500 - Methods of Research in Allied Health (3 credits)

Total Hours: 18 Credit Hours

Guided Electives

(Choose four)
  • ALHE 5010 - Clinical Teaching Strategies (3 credits)
  • ALHE 5060 - Allied Health Curriculum Design (3 credits)
  • ALHE 5300 - Administration at the Department Level (3 credits)
  • ALHE 5700 - Financial and Strategic Planning for ALHE Professions (3 credits)
  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • EPID 5400 - Epidemiology I (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5550 - Human Resource Management in Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • COBH 5900 - Grant and Proposal Development (3 credits)

Total Elective Credits: 12 Credit Hours

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option

  • ALHE 5800 - Advanced Practice Seminar in ALHE (3-6 credits)
  • ALHE 5960 - Thesis (3-6 credits)

Total hours: 6 Credit Hours

Total for Master’s Degree: 36 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students accepted into the Master of Science Degree in Allied Health may select between the thesis and non-thesis option. All students must successfully complete 18 credit hours of allied health core and 12 credit hours in the selected electives. Upon completion of the required coursework, a comprehensive evaluation of the student’s performance will be administered in the form of a written examination to determine the level of mastery of their discipline.

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Archival Studies Graduate Certificate

100% Online Archival Studies Graduate Certificate

The Archival Studies Graduate Certificate is an eighteen (18) credit-hour program designed for individuals who need, or want, archival training, but for whom the full degree program is not a necessity. Employees of a museum, historic site, or business may benefit from the certificate, as may history students who desire to complement their undergraduate or graduate degree. Individuals who must organize church or family records will also benefit from the certificate program. Students who have completed the Archival Studies Graduate Certificate may have up to 18 of the certificate credits applied toward the Master of Arts Liberal Studies, Archival Studies Concentration, as long as the courses fall within matriculation limits.

Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to the Certificate in Archival Studies program needs the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation.
  • A successful admissions interview.

Curriculum

Archival Studies Core Requirements

  • AVST 5310 - Archives History, Theory, and Current Issues (3 credits)
  • AVST 5311 - Archives Principles and Practices (3 credits)
  • AVST 5312 - Archives Conservation (3 credits)

Total Core Hours: 9 Credit Hours

Guided Electives

Three courses from the courses listed below or two courses from those listed below and one other not on list, with approval of the MALS director.

  • AVST 5320 - Principles and Practices of Records Management (3 credits) **
  • AVST 5570 - Archives Practicum (3 credits) ***
  • HIST 5427 - Public History: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • HIST 5950 - Introduction to Historical Research (3 credits)
  • MCOM 5030 - Media and the First Amendment (3 credits) **
  • MCOM 5037 - Communications Law (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5000 - History and Philosophy of Educational Media and Educational Technology (3 credits) **
  • MEDA 5720 - Organization of Library Media (3 credits) **
  • MEDA 5850 - Organizing and Managing Content on the Internet (3 credits) **
  • PMGT 5100 - Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits) *
  • PMGT 5140 - Public Organization Theory (3 credits) #
  • PMGT 5160 - Public Budgeting and Finance (3 credits) #

* Occasionally online

** Always online

*** Online or on-ground

# Streaming or on-ground

No asterisk: on-ground only

Total Elective Credits: p Credit Hours

Total for Graduate Certificate: 18 Credit Hours

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Athletic Administration Graduate Certificate

100% Online Athletic Administration Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Athletic Administration aims to fulfill a marketplace need for high quality athletic administrators in interscholastic and intercollegiate realms. It intends to achieve this goal by providing students with knowledge and practical experiences in legal issues, administration of athletics, sport marketing, financing of sports, facilities management, and issues in sport management. Better administrators will better serve the schools and universities’ constituencies by improving the student-athletes’ experience, reducing potential liabilities, and increasing financial responsibility. The certificate will provide  aspiring sport management professionals, middle and high school, junior college teachers, and athletic directors (within all knowledge areas) the opportunity to enhance their chances of obtaining an Athletic Administration position.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the school of graduate studies admissions requirements, prospective students in the Athletic Administration certificate program must provide three letters of recommendation.

Advising will be conducted online or in-person by Dr. Mauro Palmero, KSRM Graduate Coordinator. Once the Certificate coursework is completed, students with a B or better grade in all classes may choose to continue their studies and apply for admission into the M.A. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies. For these applicants, all 18 credits for the certificate may apply toward the M.A. degree. These applicants will not be required to submit GRE scores for admission into the M.A. program.

Curriculum

  • PEXS 5430 - Administration of Physical Education and Athletics (3 credits)
  • SALM 5220 - Issues in Sport Management (3 credits)
  • SALM 5225 - Planning and Operating Facilities in Physical Education, Fitness and Sports (3 credits)
  • SALM 5230 - Legal Issues in Physical Education and Sport (3 credits)
  • SALM 5243 - Sport Marketing (3 credits)
  • SALM 5245 - The Financing of Sport (3 credits)

Total Hours for Graduate Certificate: 18 Credit Hours

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Digital Marketing, M.S.

100% Online Master of Science in Digital Marketing

The Master of Science in Digital Marketing (MSDM) degree focuses upon the field of marketing in the digital environment with the emphasis of being current and relevant. With the growing, ever-changing, fast-paced online atmosphere, marketing has significantly changed and will continue to do so. Therefore, the degree encompasses a cutting edge, innovative curriculum and learning environment with the goal to produce dynamic, knowledgeable graduates who are prepared for the future of digital marketing. Courses cover topics such as (but are not limited to) social media, search marketing, web analytics, online metrics, digital marketing strategy, online consumer behavior, B2B/B2C digital marketing and digital marketing research.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to requirements of the School of Graduate Studies as found in the Graduate Catalog, the Master of Science in Digital Marketing will require:

  • GMAT (Applicants with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience can request a waiver for this requirement.)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A current resume
  • A bachelor’s degree in marketing or communication is preferred. Applicants with other degrees will be considered; additional coursework may be required.

he graduate program coordinator and admissions committee (comprised of marketing program graduate faculty) will review all applications and accept the most qualified. Students who are admitted and/or enrolled in other graduate programs at ETSU will have the option to enroll in the MSDM courses, with approval of the MSDM graduate program coordinator. In year one, students will only be admitted in the fall semester. Starting in year two, there will be two admission groups. By year three, the program will be operating at its full capacity. A full time student could feasibly complete the degree in approximately 18 months. However, degree completion will be determined by the number of hours in which the student enrolls each semester. Retention standards are the same as used by graduate studies and are found in the graduate catalog.

Curriculum

  • ADVR 5010 - Topics in Advertising (1-6 credits)
  • MSDM 5000 - Social Media and the Brand (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5010 - Digital Marketing Research (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5020 - E-Commerce Marketing/Direct Marketing (B2C)
  • MSDM 5030 - Consumer Behavior in the Online Environment (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5040 - B2B Digital Marketing (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5050 - Web Analytics (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5060 - Business Analytics, Data Visualization and Online Metrics (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5080 - Search Marketing (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5090 - Digital Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
  • MSDM 5100 - Digital Marketing Strategic Experience (3 credits)
  • PUBR 5320 - Public Relations Case Studies (3 credits)

Total for Master’s Degree: 36 Credit Hours

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Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Graduate Certificate

100% Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Graduate Certificate

The goals and objectives for this online certificate are focused on emergent inquiry curriculum in the field of early childhood education. They align with the vision of our professional organization, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), for educating early childhood teachers and teacher leaders. Candidates in this certificate program will demonstrate the knowledge and skills of the NAEYC Core Standards for Professional Preparation (See NAEYC standards on their website: www.naeyc.org/academy/primary/standardsintro).

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

  • A bachelor or master’s degree in Early Childhood or a related field (Psychology, Special Education, Elementary Education, etc.) Two years of experience working with young children (birth through 8 years) are preferred;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Individuals who have graduated with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from ETSU and have successfully completed ECED 5336 - Advanced Creative Development with a grade of B or above, will have a program of study of 15 graduate credit hours for this certificate program; and
  • A student who applies and is accepted into the master’s program in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Master Teacher or Research concentration, may apply up to eighteen credit hours from the Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Certificate Program.

Curriculum

  • ECED 5600 - Social Development from a Constructivist Perspective (3 credits)
  • ECED 5610 - Family Community Relations from an Emergent Inquiry Perspective (3 credits)
  • ECED 5620 - History and Philosophyfrom an Emergent Inquiry Perspective (3 credits)
  • ECED 5336 - Advanced Creative Development (3 credits)
  • ECED 5640 - Designing Physical Environments from an Emergent Inquiry Perspective (3 credits)
  • ECED 5650 - Language and Literacy from an Emergent Inquiry Perspective (3 credits)

Total Credit Hours Required for Certificate: 18

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Elementary Education, M.Ed. 

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The major purpose of this degree is to improve the quality of teaching at the elementary level by broadening the background of teachers in the areas of study related to elementary teaching and preparing teachers as action researchers.

Program Admission Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to graduate programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction must first meet general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, the following specific admission criteria apply:

A candidate who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all work completed is eligible for admission.


A candidate who has an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be granted admission by either of the following two (2) procedures:

  • Obtaining a minimum of 2400 points based on the following formula:
      • *the sum of the GRE aptitude scores (V+Q+AW) or the equivalent score on the revised GRE that is in effect as of August 1, 2011;
      • GPA x 500; and
      • the sum of number (1) and (2).
        * Scores on the GRE-AW will be substituted for the Analytical (A) scores using a scaled transfer.
  • Participating in an interview with the appropriate admission committee. The candidate will be responsible for providing the admission committee with information for consideration in admission decisions. Factors to be considered include teaching experience; scores on standardized tests; GPA during the entire undergraduate experience, during the last two years of undergraduate school, and in the major; performance in graduate courses taken; recommendations of supervisors and colleagues; quality of undergraduate school(s) attended; oral communication skills; and skill in writing, which will be determined in part by the candidate’s extemporaneous writing during the interview process.

 

Matriculation

The coordinator of the program to which the prospective candidate has been admitted serves as the initial advisor. When students become eligible for candidacy, their advisory committees are selected by the student and approved by the program coordinator. Students who anticipate candidacy for a degree are strongly encouraged to take courses based on guidelines provided by their advisor.


Students working toward the Master of Education degree in Elementary Education are required to meet with the chair of their advisory committee to plan the sequence of courses leading to the degree. They must successfully complete the required core and professional development courses. The content electives must be approved by the advisor.


A comprehensive oral examination is required of all students completing graduate programs in elementary education. Presentation of a Professional Portfolio is a required part of the oral examination. Degree candidates meet with their advisor at the beginning of the final semester to plan for these examinations. Specific program requirements are indicated below.

 

Curriculum

Master of Education Degree Requirements
I. Core Courses

  • EDFN 5010 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (1 credit, may be repeated for a total of 3 credits)
  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits)
  • CUAI 5199 - Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5400 - Technology in Teaching and Learning (3 credits)

Total Core Hours: 10 Credit Hours

II. Professional Development Courses

  • CUAI 5440 - Elementary School Curriculum and Assessment (3 credits)
  • READ 5120 - Teaching Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5750 - Literacy Instruction in Linguistically Diverse Classroom (3 credits)
  • READ 5027 - Diagnostic and Remedial Procedures in Reading (3 credits)
  • CUAI 5116 - Elementary School Mathematics (3 credits)
  • CUAI 5119 - Elementary School Science (3 credits)
  • CUAI 5121 - Elementary School Social Studies (3 credits)

Total Professional Development Hours: 21 Credit Hours

III. Content Courses

Content courses are selected from areas of study related to elementary teaching and must be approved by the advisor.

Total Content Hours: 6 Credit Hours

Total Hours Required for Degree: 37 Credit Hours

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Educational Leadership, Ed.D., Administrative Endorsement Concentration

100% Online Educational Leadership, Ed.D., Administrative Endorsement Concentration

 

Program Requirements

Advisory Committee

Each student who has achieved admission to the Doctor of Education program in Educational Leadership will be assigned an advisor. Each student’s advisor will explain the process of dissertation chair selection. Prior to filing a program of study, the student’s committee will be increased to four (4) members, with the student and the committee chair agreeing upon the members to be added to the committee.

The Qualifying Examination

The examination will be written and oral and will be administered by the student’s graduate committee after the student has completed most of the planned program. If and when the qualifying examination is favorably reported to the program coordinator and the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies, the student may make application for candidacy for the doctorate through the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies.

The Final Examination

The examination will be oral and will be principally devoted to an evaluation and defense of the student’s doctoral dissertation. A member of the graduate faculty, from outside the candidate’s committee and department, is assigned by the School of Graduate Studies to monitor the process. The procedure to be followed in scheduling an oral defense and format for the graduate faculty representative’s narrative report are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

Regulations and Procedures Related to Student Assessment

A student must complete nine (9) to twelve (12) hours of coursework before submitting a program of study for approval. The determination of the appropriate semester for a qualifying examination is a matter to be decided between the student and the advisor, but it should come after the student has completed all of the coursework. After the qualifying exam, each student must be registered for a minimum of three (3) hours each semester (spring, summer, and fall semesters). All qualifying examinations (written and oral) are to be taken at the appropriate time scheduled by the department. Students will not be allowed to complete a program during the same semester in which they are formally admitted to doctoral candidacy, nor will they be allowed to register for more than nine dissertation credits in a semester. Students may not defend the dissertation in the same semester that they present the prospectus.

The dissertation must be presented to committee members in final form at least two weeks prior to the final defense. The final oral examination will be a defense of the finished research report after the dissertation has been accepted for presentation by the student’s graduate committee. The dissertation must be approved by the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Completion of Degree-The central idea of the doctoral program is the development of competence in the areas of greatest significance to educational leaders. Because of this, course requirements are described as blocks or components in the total program of the student. Each student’s total program will be determined upon the basis of four (4) factors:

  1. training and coursework completed prior to admission to advanced study;
  2. intended area of work as a professional;
  3. success in coursework and other experiences in the early parts of the program; and
  4. competence in the various areas of study as assessed and evaluated by the graduate committee in written and/or oral examinations.

In the final analysis, because each student’s graduate committee is responsible for the evaluation of student competence, work may be prescribed beyond these requirements.

Residency Requirements for Doctorate

A “Declaration of Intent to Establish Residency,” approved by the student’s advisor prior to the beginning of the residency period, must be filed with the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies, the department, and the chair of the student’s graduate advisory committee. Subsequently, students should consult with their advisor on residency. Four (4) options for fulfilling the residency requirements have been approved.

  1. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, during which the student must not be employed more than half time.
  2. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, which shall include one semester of not more than half-time employment and one (1) with no employment restrictions.
  3. A residency of four (4) consecutive summer semesters (including one Pre-Summer), during which times the student may not work.
  4. A “continuous” residency that requires each student to be continuously enrolled in the program (spring and fall semesters) from the time of the student’s initial course in the program until the qualifying examination is completed.

Each student, regardless of the residency option selected, must receive prior approval of a residency plan by the student’s advisor. Each student must complete the required ten (10) approved residency activities and submit portfolio documentation of the completion to the advisory committee chair. Fulfillment of the residency requirements will be reported to the deans of the College of Education and School of Graduate Studies.

Any modification of the residency plan must be approved, in writing, by the student’s graduate advisory committee chair.

Dissertation-Each doctoral candidate must complete a dissertation as a major requirement for the Ed.D. degree. The dissertation topic will be selected by the candidate with the advice and approval of the student’s committee. The student must present a proposal, describing the research project, for review and approval by the committee. All dissertation proposals must be reviewed and approved by the ETSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) before data are collected. Each doctoral candidate must register for a minimum of three (3) semester hours of ELPA 7960 each semester, including summer, until completing the required twelve (12) hours of dissertation credit-hours.

As explained in the catalog description for ELPA 7990 -Readings and Research, doctoral candidates who have already taken the required number of dissertation hours stipulated on their program of studies MUST register for a minimum of three (3) semester hours of ELPA 7990 each semester, including summer, until they have successfully defended their dissertations. Students who will defend their dissertations in the initial month of the semester may register for one (1) semester credit-hour of this course; those completing in the second month may register for two (2) semester credit hours. After the dissertation research has been conducted and the results have been analyzed, written, and accepted by the advisory committee, the dissertation must be processed in the proper electronic format and submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for approval within the established timeline. General guidelines on the form for the dissertation are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

Final Assessment-The evaluation of the work and potential of a student admitted to advanced graduate study leading to a degree is a function of the graduate committee, which will consider: (1) student’s background when admitted to advanced study; (2) grade point average, which must meet the East Tennessee State University School of Graduate Studies standards; (3) qualifying and final examinations; (4) general professional posture; and (5) the defense of the dissertation.

To be awarded an Ed.D. degree, a student must be recommended by the graduate committee, whose chair will report that the student has fulfilled all of the requirements.

Curriculum

For students holding a valid master's degree

For qualified students already possessing valid master’s degrees, or the equivalent, and seeking an Ed.D. degree leading toward endorsement as a Beginning Administrator, the requirements are for a minimum program of 66 semester credits, to include:

  • ELPA 7810 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7811 - Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7812 - Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7813 - Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6450 - Leadership Studies (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6810 - Theories of Administration (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits)
  • Thirty-six (36) semester credits of sequenced coursework in Educational Leadership, to include ELPA 6100 ELPA 6200, ELPA 6300, ELPA 6400, ELPA 6500, and ELPA 6600.

For students holding a valid Educational Specialist's degree

For qualified students already possessing valid specialist’s degrees, or their equivalent, and seeking an Ed.D. degree leading toward endorsement as a Beginning Administrator, the requirements are for a minimum program of 42 semester credits, to include:

  • ELPA 7810 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7811 - Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7812 - Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7813 - Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6010 - Leadership for Lifelong Learning (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6810 - Theories of Administration (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6100 - Interpersonal Relations (6 credits)
  • ELPA 6200 - Emerging Perspectives Influencing the School (6 credits)
  • ELPA 7960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits) (In order to meet the coursework requirements for certification, students in this program concentration area would also be required to take ELPA 6300, ELPA 6400, ELPA 6500, and ELPA 6600.)
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Educational Leadership, Ed.D., Postsecondary and Private Sector Leadership Concentration

100% Online Educational Leadership, Ed.D., Postsecondary and Private Sector Leadership Concentration

Program Requirements

Advisory Committee-Each student who has achieved admission to the Doctor of Education program in Educational Leadership will be assigned an advisor. Each student’s advisor will explain the process of dissertation chair selection. Prior to filing a program of study, the student’s committee will be increased to four (4) members, with the student and the committee chair agreeing upon the members to be added to the committee.

The Qualifying Examination-The examination will be written and oral and will be administered by the student’s graduate committee after the student has completed most of the planned program. If and when the qualifying examination is favorably reported to the program coordinator and the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies, the student may make application for candidacy for the doctorate through the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies.

The Final Examination-The examination will be oral and will be principally devoted to an evaluation and defense of the student’s doctoral dissertation. A member of the graduate faculty, from outside the candidate’s committee and department, is assigned by the School of Graduate Studies to monitor the process. The procedure to be followed in scheduling an oral defense and format for the graduate faculty representative’s narrative report are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

Regulations and Procedures Related to Student Assessment

A student must complete nine (9) to twelve (12) hours of coursework before submitting a program of study for approval. The determination of the appropriate semester for a qualifying examination is a matter to be decided between the student and the advisor, but it should come after the student has completed all of the coursework. After the qualifying exam, each student must be registered for a minimum of three (3) hours each semester (spring, summer, and fall semesters). All qualifying examinations (written and oral) are to be taken at the appropriate time scheduled by the department. Students will not be allowed to complete a program during the same semester in which they are formally admitted to doctoral candidacy, nor will they be allowed to register for more than nine dissertation credits in a semester. Students may not defend the dissertation in the same semester that they present the prospectus.

The dissertation must be presented to committee members in final form at least two weeks prior to the final defense. The final oral examination will be a defense of the finished research report after the dissertation has been accepted for presentation by the student’s graduate committee. The dissertation must be approved by the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Completion of Degree-The central idea of the doctoral program is the development of competence in the areas of greatest significance to educational leaders. Because of this, course requirements are described as blocks or components in the total program of the student. Each student’s total program will be determined upon the basis of four (4) factors:

  1. training and coursework completed prior to admission to advanced study;
  2. intended area of work as a professional;
  3. success in coursework and other experiences in the early parts of the program; and
  4. competence in the various areas of study as assessed and evaluated by the graduate committee in written and/or oral examinations.

In the final analysis, because each student’s graduate committee is responsible for the evaluation of student competence, work may be prescribed beyond these requirements.

Residency Requirements for Doctorate

A “Declaration of Intent to Establish Residency,” approved by the student’s advisor prior to the beginning of the residency period, must be filed with the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies, the department, and the chair of the student’s graduate advisory committee. Subsequently, students should consult with their advisor on residency. Four (4) options for fulfilling the residency requirements have been approved.

  1. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, during which the student must not be employed more than half time.
  2. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, which shall include one semester of not more than half-time employment and one (1) with no employment restrictions.
  3. A residency of four (4) consecutive summer semesters (including one Pre-Summer), during which times the student may not work.
  4. A “continuous” residency that requires each student to be continuously enrolled in the program (spring and fall semesters) from the time of the student’s initial course in the program until the qualifying examination is completed.

Each student, regardless of the residency option selected, must receive prior approval of a residency plan by the student’s advisor. Each student must complete the required ten (10) approved residency activities and submit portfolio documentation of the completion to the advisory committee chair. Fulfillment of the residency requirements will be reported to the deans of the College of Education and School of Graduate Studies.

Any modification of the residency plan must be approved, in writing, by the student’s graduate advisory committee chair.

Dissertation-Each doctoral candidate must complete a dissertation as a major requirement for the Ed.D. degree. The dissertation topic will be selected by the candidate with the advice and approval of the student’s committee. The student must present a proposal, describing the research project, for review and approval by the committee. All dissertation proposals must be reviewed and approved by the ETSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) before data are collected. Each doctoral candidate must register for a minimum of three (3) semester hours of ELPA 7960 each semester, including summer, until completing the required twelve (12) hours of dissertation credit-hours.

As explained in the catalog description for ELPA 7990 -Readings and Research, doctoral candidates who have already taken the required number of dissertation hours stipulated on their program of studies MUST register for a minimum of three (3) semester hours of ELPA 7990 each semester, including summer, until they have successfully defended their dissertations. Students who will defend their dissertations in the initial month of the semester may register for one (1) semester credit-hour of this course; those completing in the second month may register for two (2) semester credit hours. After the dissertation research has been conducted and the results have been analyzed, written, and accepted by the advisory committee, the dissertation must be processed in the proper electronic format and submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for approval within the established timeline. General guidelines on the form for the dissertation are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

Final Assessment-The evaluation of the work and potential of a student admitted to advanced graduate study leading to a degree is a function of the graduate committee, which will consider: (1) student’s background when admitted to advanced study; (2) grade point average, which must meet the East Tennessee State University School of Graduate Studies standards; (3) qualifying and final examinations; (4) general professional posture; and (5) the defense of the dissertation.

To be awarded an Ed.D. degree, a student must be recommended by the graduate committee, whose chair will report that the student has fulfilled all of the requirements.

Curriculum

For students holding a valid master's degree

For students already possessing a valid master’s degree or equivalent, the minimum requirements for the doctoral program are for a 66 credit program which includes the following courses and activities:

Core Requirements

  • ELPA 6450 - Leadership Studies (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6810 - Theories of Administration (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7810 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7811 - Quantitative Research (3 credits) or
  • ELPA 7814 - Advanced Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7812 - Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7813 - Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits)

Additional Requirements

The 15 credit hours needed to meet this requirement should come from the list below. However, advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs.

  • ELPA 6010 - Leadership for Lifelong Learning (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6040 - Writing for Professional Educators (3 credit hours)
  • ELPA 6872 - Technology Applications for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6953 - Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6955 - Grant and Proposal Development (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7110 - Community Colleges in the United States (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7825 - Academic Writing for Dissertation Research (3 credit hours)

Cognate Requirements

  • Six (6) semester credits in a cognate area other than Educational Leadership.

Dissertation Requirements Requirements

  • ELPA 7960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits)

For students holding a valid Educational Specialist's degree

For students already possessing a valid Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree the minimum requirements for the doctoral program are for a 42 credit program which includes the following courses and activities:

Core Requirements

  • ELPA 6450 - Leadership Studies (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6810 - Theories of Administration (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7810 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7811 - Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7812 - Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7813 - Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7814 - Advanced Qualitative Research (3 credits)

Concentration Requirements

Advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs. Any proposed substitution is subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • ELPA 6581 - Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits)

Additional Requirements

The courses needed to meet this requirement should come from the list below. However advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs.

  • ELPA 6010 - Leadership for Lifelong Learning (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6040 - Writing for Professional Educators (3 credit hours)
  • ELPA 6563 - The Adult Learner (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6872 - Technology Applications for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6953 - Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6955 - Grant and Proposal Development (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7110 - Community Colleges in the United States (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7120 - History of American Higher Education (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7820 - Administration of Higher Education (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7822 - Higher Education Law (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7823 - Higher Education Finance (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7825 - Academic Writing for Dissertation Research (3 credit hours)

Dissertation Requirements Requirements

  • ELPA 7960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits)
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Educational Leadership, Ed.D., School Leadership Concentration

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Program Requirements

Advisory Committee-Each student who has achieved admission to the Doctor of Education program in Educational Leadership will be assigned an advisor. Each student’s advisor will explain the process of dissertation chair selection. Prior to filing a program of study, the student’s committee will be increased to four (4) members, with the student and the committee chair agreeing upon the members to be added to the committee.

The Qualifying Examination-The examination will be written and oral and will be administered by the student’s graduate committee after the student has completed most of the planned program. If and when the qualifying examination is favorably reported to the program coordinator and the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies, the student may make application for candidacy for the doctorate through the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies.

The Final Examination-The examination will be oral and will be principally devoted to an evaluation and defense of the student’s doctoral dissertation. A member of the graduate faculty, from outside the candidate’s committee and department, is assigned by the School of Graduate Studies to monitor the process. The procedure to be followed in scheduling an oral defense and format for the graduate faculty representative’s narrative report are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

Regulations and Procedures Related to Student Assessment

A student must complete nine (9) to twelve (12) hours of coursework before submitting a program of study for approval. The determination of the appropriate semester for a qualifying examination is a matter to be decided between the student and the advisor, but it should come after the student has completed all of the coursework. After the qualifying exam, each student must be registered for a minimum of three (3) hours each semester (spring, summer, and fall semesters). All qualifying examinations (written and oral) are to be taken at the appropriate time scheduled by the department. Students will not be allowed to complete a program during the same semester in which they are formally admitted to doctoral candidacy, nor will they be allowed to register for more than nine dissertation credits in a semester. Students may not defend the dissertation in the same semester that they present the prospectus.

The dissertation must be presented to committee members in final form at least two weeks prior to the final defense. The final oral examination will be a defense of the finished research report after the dissertation has been accepted for presentation by the student’s graduate committee. The dissertation must be approved by the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Completion of Degree-The central idea of the doctoral program is the development of competence in the areas of greatest significance to educational leaders. Because of this, course requirements are described as blocks or components in the total program of the student. Each student’s total program will be determined upon the basis of four (4) factors:

  1. training and coursework completed prior to admission to advanced study;
  2. intended area of work as a professional;
  3. success in coursework and other experiences in the early parts of the program; and
  4. competence in the various areas of study as assessed and evaluated by the graduate committee in written and/or oral examinations.

In the final analysis, because each student’s graduate committee is responsible for the evaluation of student competence, work may be prescribed beyond these requirements.

Residency Requirements for Doctorate

A “Declaration of Intent to Establish Residency,” approved by the student’s advisor prior to the beginning of the residency period, must be filed with the deans of the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies, the department, and the chair of the student’s graduate advisory committee. Subsequently, students should consult with their advisor on residency. Four (4) options for fulfilling the residency requirements have been approved.

  1. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, during which the student must not be employed more than half time.
  2. A residency of two (2) consecutive semesters, which shall include one semester of not more than half-time employment and one (1) with no employment restrictions.
  3. A residency of four (4) consecutive summer semesters (including one Pre-Summer), during which times the student may not work.
  4. A “continuous” residency that requires each student to be continuously enrolled in the program (spring and fall semesters) from the time of the student’s initial course in the program until the qualifying examination is completed.

Each student, regardless of the residency option selected, must receive prior approval of a residency plan by the student’s advisor. Each student must complete the required ten (10) approved residency activities and submit portfolio documentation of the completion to the advisory committee chair. Fulfillment of the residency requirements will be reported to the deans of the College of Education and School of Graduate Studies.

Any modification of the residency plan must be approved, in writing, by the student’s graduate advisory committee chair.

Dissertation-Each doctoral candidate must complete a dissertation as a major requirement for the Ed.D. degree. The dissertation topic will be selected by the candidate with the advice and approval of the student’s committee. The student must present a proposal, describing the research project, for review and approval by the committee. All dissertation proposals must be reviewed and approved by the ETSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) before data are collected. Each doctoral candidate must register for a minimum of three (3) semester hours of ELPA 7960 each semester, including summer, until completing the required twelve (12) hours of dissertation credit-hours.

As explained in the catalog description for ELPA 7990 -Readings and Research, doctoral candidates who have already taken the required number of dissertation hours stipulated on their program of studies MUST register for a minimum of three (3) semester hours of ELPA 7990 each semester, including summer, until they have successfully defended their dissertations. Students who will defend their dissertations in the initial month of the semester may register for one (1) semester credit-hour of this course; those completing in the second month may register for two (2) semester credit hours. After the dissertation research has been conducted and the results have been analyzed, written, and accepted by the advisory committee, the dissertation must be processed in the proper electronic format and submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for approval within the established timeline. General guidelines on the form for the dissertation are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

Final Assessment-The evaluation of the work and potential of a student admitted to advanced graduate study leading to a degree is a function of the graduate committee, which will consider: (1) student’s background when admitted to advanced study; (2) grade point average, which must meet the East Tennessee State University School of Graduate Studies standards; (3) qualifying and final examinations; (4) general professional posture; and (5) the defense of the dissertation.

To be awarded an Ed.D. degree, a student must be recommended by the graduate committee, whose chair will report that the student has fulfilled all of the requirements.

Curriculum

For students holding a valid master's degree

For students already possessing a valid master’s degree or equivalent, the minimum requirements for the doctoral program are for a 66 credit program which includes the following courses and activities:

Core Requirements

  • ELPA 6450 - Leadership Studies (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6810 - Theories of Administration (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7810 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7811 - Quantitative Research (3 credits) or
  • ELPA 7814 - Advanced Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7812 - Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7813 - Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits)

Concentration Requirements

Advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs. Any proposed substitution is subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • ELPA 6563 - The Adult Learner (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6581 - Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7820 - Administration of Higher Education (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7822 - Higher Education Law (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7823 - Higher Education Finance (3 credits)

Additional Requirements

The 15 credit hours needed to meet this requirement should come from the list below. However, advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs.

  • ELPA 6010 - Leadership for Lifelong Learning (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6040 - Writing for Professional Educators (3 credit hours)
  • ELPA 6872 - Technology Applications for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6953 - Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6955 - Grant and Proposal Development (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7110 - Community Colleges in the United States (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7825 - Academic Writing for Dissertation Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDFN 6730 - Foundations: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)

Cognate Requirements

  • Six (6) semester credits in a cognate area other than Educational Leadership.

Dissertation Requirements Requirements

  • ELPA 7960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits)

For students holding a valid Educational Specialist's degree

For students already possessing a valid Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree the minimum requirements for the doctoral program are for a 42 credit program which includes the following courses and activities:

Core Requirements

  • ELPA 6450 - Leadership Studies (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6810 - Theories of Administration (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7810 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7811 - Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7812 - Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7813 - Research in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7814 - Advanced Qualitative Research (3 credits)

Concentration Requirements

Advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs. Any proposed substitution is subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • ELPA 6581 - Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits)

Additional Requirements

The 9 credit hours needed to meet this requirement should come from the list below. However advisors may recommend substitutions of other courses that would better address an individual student’s needs.

  • ELPA 6010 - Leadership for Lifelong Learning (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6040 - Writing for Professional Educators (3 credit hours)
  • ELPA 6563 - The Adult Learner (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6872 - Technology Applications for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6953 - Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • ELPA 6955 - Grant and Proposal Development (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7110 - Community Colleges in the United States (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7120 - History of American Higher Education (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7820 - Administration of Higher Education (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7822 - Higher Education Law (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7823 - Higher Education Finance (3 credits)
  • ELPA 7825 - Academic Writing for Dissertation Research (3 credit hours)

Dissertation Requirements Requirements

  • ELPA 7960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits)
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Educational Leadership, Ed.S., Administration Endorsement Concentration

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Program Requirements

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

A comprehensive examination is required of all students completing the Ed.S. program. Upon completion of the screening process, the departmental committee will make a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies.

Field Experience — Field-based experiences will be required in a number of courses. Students enrolled in the Ed.S. program will be required to complete a major field project that results in a culminating experience such as the completion and presentation of an action research project, an evaluation project, or an in-depth study of a contemporary issue or practice in education. The Specialist Seminar (ELPA 6220) will provide a framework for the culminating experience. This seminar should not be taken before at least 24 semester credits have been completed in the Ed.S. program.

Evaluation — The evaluation of an advanced graduate student is a function of instructors and a graduate committee. The latter has full authority for program planning and the evaluation of written and/or oral final comprehensive examinations, provided that all university and departmental requirements have been met. Graduate committees will consider the student’s professional purposes and needs, progress in terms of individually planned programs, writing and speaking ability, general competence, apparent propensity for their intended profession, and state certification requirements. To be cleared for the award of the Educational Specialist degree, a student must be recommended by the graduate committee, whose chair will report to the deans of the College of Education and of the Graduate School, and the program coordinator that the student has fulfilled the requirements of the program.

Time Limits—Credit received beyond the master’s degree and more than five (5) years prior to the awarding of the Ed.S. degree will not be accepted as part of the Ed.S. degree requirements.

Residency—One (1) semester or one (1) full summer of full-time residency is required. The student will, with the approval of the chair of the advisory committee, register for no less than six (6) semester credits of regular coursework during the residency period.

Degree Requirements—The basic requirement for an Ed.S. degree is a planned and approved program of coursework and other experiences, for which credit is awarded beyond the master’s degree. The student must complete a minimum 31 credit-hours beyond the master’s degree.

Curriculum

Core Requirements

  • 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)

Concentration Requirements

  • 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)
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Educational Leadership, Ed.S., School System Leadership Concentration

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Program Requirements

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

A comprehensive examination is required of all students completing the Ed.S. program. Upon completion of the screening process, the departmental committee will make a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies.

Field Experience — Field-based experiences will be required in a number of courses. Students enrolled in the Ed.S. program will be required to complete a major field project that results in a culminating experience such as the completion and presentation of an action research project, an evaluation project, or an in-depth study of a contemporary issue or practice in education. The Specialist Seminar (ELPA 6220) will provide a framework for the culminating experience. This seminar should not be taken before at least 24 semester credits have been completed in the Ed.S. program.

Evaluation — The evaluation of an advanced graduate student is a function of instructors and a graduate committee. The latter has full authority for program planning and the evaluation of written and/or oral final comprehensive examinations, provided that all university and departmental requirements have been met. Graduate committees will consider the student’s professional purposes and needs, progress in terms of individually planned programs, writing and speaking ability, general competence, apparent propensity for their intended profession, and state certification requirements. To be cleared for the award of the Educational Specialist degree, a student must be recommended by the graduate committee, whose chair will report to the deans of the College of Education and of the Graduate School, and the program coordinator that the student has fulfilled the requirements of the program.

Time Limits—Credit received beyond the master’s degree and more than five (5) years prior to the awarding of the Ed.S. degree will not be accepted as part of the Ed.S. degree requirements.

Residency—One (1) semester or one (1) full summer of full-time residency is required. The student will, with the approval of the chair of the advisory committee, register for no less than six (6) semester credits of regular coursework during the residency period.

Degree Requirements—The basic requirement for an Ed.S. degree is a planned and approved program of coursework and other experiences, for which credit is awarded beyond the master’s degree. The student must complete a minimum 31 credit-hours beyond the master’s degree.

Curriculum

Core Requirements

  • 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)

Concentration Requirements

(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

Note:

Beginning Administrator Endorsement— The applicant for endorsement as beginning administrator must hold a teacher’s professional certificate. The applicant should have completed the approved program in educational leadership. The applicant must have completed a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience P12 prior to admission. The applicant must successfully pass the examination required by the Tennessee Department of Education. All students must successfully complete an appropriate, supervised internship to be eligible for the Instructional Leadership - Beginning (ILL-B) Administrative Endorsement.

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Educational Leadership, M.Ed., School Administration and Leadership Concentration

100% Online Educational Leadership, M.Ed., School Administration and Leadership Concentration

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.

Program Admissions Requirements

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 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 this catalog. In addition, applicants must meet the specific requirements for admission to the department identified in this catalog.
  2. The applicant must have completed a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience P12 prior to admission.
  3. 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 professional education, psychology, and 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.
  4. 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 an October 1 application deadline for programs beginning in January, February 1 application deadline for programs beginning in May, and a May 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:

  1. a letter of support from the applicant’s superintendent or other
  2. comparable supervisor;
  3. three (3) additional letters of recommendation;
  4. a current résumé and license;
  5. a copy of their teaching license.

Applicants will also be asked to participate in a personal interview

Curriculum

Concentration Requirements

Cohort-All students in the Master of Education program in educational leadership will move through the degree program as part of a cohort group. Cohort students will begin the program in the same semester and continue through the program with the same group, taking one 6-hour credit course each succeeding semester until the program is completed. Applicants should contact the graduate coordinator of the ELPA master’s degree program for information about when a new cohort program will be starting.

Required Coursework-Graduate students admitted to the master’s degree program in educational leadership begin their program completing ELPA 5100 Interpersonal Relations. The required sequence of courses has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as meeting requirements for Beginning Administrator Endorsement.

  • ELPA 5100 - Interpersonal Relations (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5200 - Emerging Perspectives Influencing the School (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5300 - Professional Needs of Individuals and Groups (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5400 - Developing Learners Through Instructional Leadership (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5500 - Implementation Strategies: Making It Happen (6 credits)
  • ELPA 5600 - Shaping the Quality and Character of the Institution (6 credits)
  • EDFN 5010 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (1 credit, may be repeated for a total of 3 credits)

Additional Information

Portfolio Development-While in the program students will develop a professional portfolio, the presentation and committee review of which will serve as a culminating experience. Development of the portfolio provides each student with opportunities for reflection and self-evaluation. The portfolio also serves to spotlight skills and accomplishments that will be of interest to future employers. Specific information on the required elements for the portfolio may be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator.

Internship-Students in the master’s degree program in School Administration and Leadership complete an extensive internship under the direction of an approved mentor. The purpose of the internship is to engage in substantial practical application of the knowledge and theory generated in each course. This internship extends through the duration of the program.

Performance Assessment-Students in the master’s degree program in educational leadership will be engaged in assessments that are based on the NCATE and Tennessee standards underlying the thematic core curriculum. These assessments will include written examinations, videotaped performances, materials development, research projects, internship performance, and oral presentations.

Instructional Leadership License-Beginning-The applicant for beginning administrator must have completed the approved master’s degree program in educational leadership. The applicant must successfully pass the examination required by the Tennessee Department of Education.

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Educational Leadership, M.Ed., Student Personnel Leadership Concentration

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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.

Program Admissions Requirements

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.

  1. Individuals applying to 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 this catalog. In addition, applicants must meet the specific requirements for admission to the department identified in this catalog.
  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 an October 1 application deadline for programs beginning in January, February 1 application deadline for programs beginning in May, and a May 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:

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

Applicants will also be asked to participate in a personal interview

Curriculum

Concentration Requirements

Cohort-All students in the Master of Education program in educational leadership will move through the degree program as part of a cohort group. Cohort students will begin the program in the same semester and continue through the program with the same group, taking two 3-hour credit courses each semester, except for two 6-hour courses, until the program is completed. Applicants should contact the graduate coordinator of the Student Personnel Leadership concentration of the ETSU master’s degree program for information about when a new cohort program will begin

Required Coursework - The required sequence of courses may vary from cohort to cohort but will include:

  • 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)
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Educational Media and Educational Technology, M.Ed., School Library Media Concentration

Educational Media and Educational Technology, M.Ed., School Library Media Concentration

The School Library Media Concentration (SLIB) prepares candidates to become certified as school library media specialists to serve in K-12 schools. The SLIB curriculum is aligned with the standards of the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, and the State of Tennessee licensure standards.

Program Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Educational Media and Educational Technology Program must first meet the general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. If GPA is below a 3.0., the GRE is required. For students who took the Revised GRE (after August 1, 2011), equivalent scores will be used, based on Educational Testing Services’ GRE Score Concordance. Obtaining a minimum of 2400 points based on the following formula:

  1. Sum of the GRE aptitude score (V+Q+A)
  2. GPA 500, and
  3. The sum of (1) and (2).

An oral or written interview may be requested by the program chair, in specific cases.

Curriculum

Core Requirements

  • EDFN 5010 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (1 credit, may be repeated for a total of 3 credits)
  • MEDA 5000 - History and Philosophy of Educational Media and Educational
  • Technology (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5400 - Technology in Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5700 - Instructional Role of Educational Media and Educational Technology (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5950 - Research in Educational Media and Educational Technology (3 credits)

Concentration Requirements

  • MEDA 5628 - Children’s Materials (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5635 - Basic Reference Materials (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5637 - Young Adult Materials (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5710 - School Library Media Program Development and Management (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5720 - Organization of Library Media (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5925 - Practicum in School Library Media (5 credits)
  • Guided Elective (3 credits)
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Epidemiology Graduate Certificate

100% Online Epidemiology Graduate Certificate

The Epidemiology Graduate Certificate Program is a 15-credit-hour program designed to provide the learner with a basic understanding of the concepts of epidemiology used in public health practice. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease, illness, and injury.

Program Admissions Requirements

The criteria for admission to the Epidemiology Graduate Certificate Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Application materials which must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies include: an application; three (3) letters of recommendation; and official transcripts from all colleges attended.

All applications will be evaluated by an admission committee. Letters of recommendation are waived for applicants of the Tennessee Public Health Workforce Development Consortium.

Articulation Agreement

Students who have completed the Epidemiology Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the MPH with concentration in Epidemiology may have up to fifteen (15) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits.

Curriculum

Core Requirements

  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • EPID 5400 - Epidemiology I (3 credits)

Concentration Requirements

  • EPID 5405 - Epidemiology II (3 credits)
  • EPID 5420 - Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3 credits)
  • EPID 5430 - Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3 credits)

Additional Information

A student may use a course from the following list to replace a required course previously taken at another institution or completed in fulfillment of another degree at ETSU.

  • COBH 5110 - Community Health Assessment Research (3 credits)
  • COBH 5120 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • COBH 5130 - Consulting and Implementation of Health Programs and Services (3 credits)
  • STAT 5287 - Applications of Statistics (3 credits)
  • EPID 5460 - Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • COBH 5600 - Industrial Health Education (3 credits)
  • ENVH 5620 - Hazards in the Workplace (3 credits)
  • COBH 5900 - Grant and Proposal Development (3 credits)
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Forensic Document Examination Graduate Certificate

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The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers a graduate certificate in Forensic Document Examination. Students completing this certificate will have gained knowledge in handwriting identification, print process identification, and the court system in the United States allowing them to seek employment and become certified as forensic document examiners.

Program Admissions Requirements

Please See the ETSU School of Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements

Curriculum

  • CJCR 5110 - Forensic Document Examination (3 credits)
  • CJCR 5120 - Forensic Handwriting Identification (3 credits)
  • CJCR 5130 - Forensic Document Analysis (3 credits)
  • CJCR 5140 - Forensic Document Practicum (3 credits)
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Global Sport Leadership, Ed.D.

100% Online Global Sport Leadership, Ed.D.

The Global Sport Leadership Doctoral Degree targets the development of the next generation leaders in the field of sport. Through online delivery, this cohort based program exposes students to the many challenges faced in all aspects of sport including, internal operations, external operations, research and analytics. The culminating experience in the Global Sport Leadership Program is a Doctoral Capstone Project rather than a traditional dissertation. This evaluation of student learning provides an opportunity to bring all the information gained throughout the program into one seamless document.

Program Admissions Requirements

Applications are accepted once a year only, for entry into the fall semester. Applications are preferred to be received by June 15 for consideration.

All student, domestic and international, must meet all doctoral admissions requirements of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies as described in the graduate catalog. The following are required for admission into the Ed.D. in Global Sport Leadership:

    Submission of a completed ETSU School of Graduate Studies application for admission to the program and payment of appropriate required nonrefundable application fee 
  1. One official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended, except previous coursework taken at ETSU. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts. International applicants must submit “Official or attested university records (including proof of all degrees received), with certified translations if the records are not in English. Records must be attested by the awarding institution; notarized copies and third-party attestations are not acceptable. Individual year marksheets from Indian institutions are required; summary marksheets will not suffice.”
  2. A personal essay describing how this program can advance your career. Resume.
  3. Official scores on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. International applicants must submit certification of English proficiency. Graduate students whose native language is not English must submit a score of 79 (Internet-based), 550 (paper-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the past two years; a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); successful completion of the English Language Services Program at Level 112; or have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  5. At least three letters of recommendation (at least two of which should be from academic sources such as previous professors) and a letter of support from the current employer. These letters should be submitted through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies online system.
  6. Master’s degree in sport or related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. International applicants should consult the ETSU Graduate Catalog for more specific information on requirements for countries using different grading scales.
  7. At least 3 years of professional experience in collegiate, professions, or high school athletics. Exceptional applicants with less experience may be considered based on strengths of prior academic performance, the personal essay, and the letter of support from the current employer.

All materials should be submitted to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies at the following address:

School of Graduate Studies

East Tennessee State University

P.O. Box 70720 Johnson City,

TN 37614-1710 USA

All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) to ETSU. All letters of recommendation, including the letter from the student’s employer, must be sent through the online letter of recommendation system (http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud/admissionsmaterials.php ) of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.

Admission to Candidacy

Students are admitted to candidacy after successful completion of thirty-nine (30-9) hours of coursework. This includes Research Methods for Global Sport Leaders I and II.

Curriculum

Major Field Core

  • GSLD 6000 - Leadership in Global Sport (3 credits) GSLD 6100 - Strategic Thinking and Planning for Global Sport Leaders (3 credits)
  • GSLD 6200 - Interpersonal Relationships in Sport (3 credits)
  • GSLD 6300 - Leading External Functions in Sport (3 credits)
  • GSLD 6500 - International Model of Sport Leadership (3 credits)
  • GSLD 6600 - Effect of Global Governing Bodies on Sport Leadership (3 credits)
  • GSLD 6700 - Sport and Society: Impact on Leadership (3 credits)
  • GSLD 6800 - Leading Internal Functions in Sport (3 credits)
  • GSLD 6900 - Organizational Behavior for Sport Leaders (3 credits)
  • GSLD 7000 - Seminar in Global Sport Leadership (3 credits)
  • GSLD 7100 - Sport Branding and Marketing (3 credits)
  • GSLD 7300 - Immersion in Sport: Practicum (3 credits)
  • GSLD 7400 - Law and Negotiation for Sport Leaders (3 credits)

Research Core

  • GSLD 6400 - Research Methods for Global Sport Leadership I (3 credits)
  • GSLD 7200 - Research Methods for Global Sport Leadership II (3 credits)
  • GSLD 7500 - Interpreting and Applying Analytics in Sport (3 credits)

Capstone

  • GSLD 7600 - Doctoral Capstone for Global Sport Leadership I (6 credits
  • GSLD 7700 - Doctoral Capstone for Global Sport Leadership II (6 credits)
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Health Care Management Graduate Certificate

100% Online Health Care Management Graduate Certificate

The Health Care Management Graduate Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary 18-credit-hour program of study designed to provide the learner with leadership and strategic management tools specifically for the health care environment. The focus of the program is to assist students to envision a broadened career perspective on the changing scope of health care delivery and management. Faculty from the Colleges of Business and Technology, Nursing, and Public Health design and teach the courses within the program.

Program Admissions Requirements

The criteria for admission to the Health Care Management Graduate Certificate Program includes:

  1. A baccalaureate degree; and
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Application materials which must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies include an application, essay, official transcripts from all colleges attended, three (3) professional references, and a résumé. If a student is seeking simultaneous admission to a degree program in the colleges of Business and Technology, Nursing, or Public Health, and the Health Care Management Certificate Program, the student must submit two (2) applications, a dual degree form, one set of the required credentials (transcripts, test scores, references, etc.). If a student is currently admitted to one of the above degree programs in administration and later wishes to be considered for admission to the Health Care Management Certificate Program, the student must only submit a completed application form indicating an interest in the certificate program and a dual degree form.

All applications will be evaluated by the Program Coordinator. Factors given consideration in the admission decision include the following: grade point average, professional work experience, writing ability, demonstrated interest in health care management, and references. Applicants are encouraged to address their related accomplishments and goals in the essay and résumé.

First preference for admission will be given to candidates who meet all criteria and file a completed application no later than sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to begin the program. Applications will be considered until the class is filled.

Curriculum

A minimum of eighteen (18) credit-hours is required for the Health Care Management Graduate Certificate. Upon admission to the program, an individualized program of study is designed based upon evaluation of previous coursework and professional experience. A student may transfer up to nine (9) credit-hours of approved coursework into the certificate program. Coursework previously counted toward an earned degree or an earned certificate may not be transferred into the Health Care Management Graduate Certificate Program. Upon successful completion of the program of study, students will receive a certificate of completion in Health Care Management.

A student may simultaneously enroll in the Health Care Management Graduate Certificate program and a specified degree program if he/she is duly admitted to both programs. Up to eighteen (18) credit-hours of coursework in the certificate program may be approved for transfer into the M.P.H., M.B.A., or M.S.N. degree programs.

Each student will design a program of study to include five required three 3-credit-hour courses and one 3-credit-hour elective from the approved list of electives.

Required Courses

  • ACCT 5050 - Health Care Accounting and Finance (3 credits) or
  • HSMP 5050 - Health Care Accounting and Finance (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5525 - Health Services Organization and Delivery (3 credits) or
  • NRSE 5530 - Health Care Organizations and Law (3 credits) or
  • MGMT 5530 - Health Care Organizations and Law (3 credits) or
  • HSMP 5530 - Health Care Organizations and Law (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5550 - Human Resource Management in Health Organizations (3 credits) or
  • NRSE 5550 - Human Resource Management in Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • MGMT 5590 - Strategic Planning for Health Care (3 credits) or
  • NRSE 5590 - Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations (3 credits) or HSMP 5590 - Strategic Planning for Health Care (3 credits)

Electives

  • COBH 5401 - Rural Health Issues (3 credits)
  • MKTG 5217 - Health Care Marketing (3 credits)
  • EPID 5400 - Epidemiology I (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5535 - Health Policy, Politics, and Analysis (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5957 - Special Topics in Nursing (1-6 credits)
  • ECON 5317 - Health Care Economics (3 credits)
  • Other electives as approved by the faculty advisor.
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Mathematical Modeling in Biosciences Graduate Certificate

100% Online Mathematical Modeling in Biosciences Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Mathematical Modeling in Bioscience will provide those with a traditional background in science, mathematics, or technology the skills and content knowledge needed for work in the high-demand, highly-relevant area of mathematical and computational bioscience. Five online courses are required for the completion of the certificate, which will cover the fundamentals of predictive modeling, data mining and visualization, mathematical modeling in biomedicine and the study of computational complexity that is required for data science. A student can use the certificate as a stand-alone achievement or to enhance a graduate degree in a related field. The 15 hours required for the certificate can also be applied towards a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mathematical Sciences. Therefore, these courses can either serve as a bridge to graduate school or employment in research and development in biotechnology.

Curriculum

  • MATH 5830 - Analytics and Predictive Modeling (3 credits)
  • MATH 5840 - Complex Networks and Systems (3 credits)
  • MATH 5870 - Mathematical Modeling Using Graph Theory (3 credits)
  • MATH 5880 - Modeling of Infectious Diseases and Social Networks (3 credits)
  • MATH 5890 - Stochastic Modeling (3 credits)
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Human Services, Master of Science

100% Online Human Services, Master of Science

Human Services is a broadly defined field with an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focused on prevention and remediation to uniquely promote various ways to meet human needs. The Master of Science (M. S.) in Human Services offers a core curriculum, internship, and capstone experience to provide enhanced competence and advanced qualifications grounded in best practice and directed toward success in the helping professions. Graduates may further their careers in leadership of human service programs, administration of nonprofits, staff training, grant writing, team leader, program development and coordination, family support, operational management, marketing and public relations, research and program evaluation, advocacy and community organizing, advancement and fundraising, and expanding number of roles with private, public, voluntary, international, and nonprofit organizations. NOTE: The Master of Science does not lead to professional licensure as a counselor. See the M. A. in Counseling program for information on counselor preparation programs.

Admissions Requirements

Each applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Human Services degree must meet the admission requirements of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Application for admission to graduate study is open to any person with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. The transcripts of applicants with bachelor’s degrees from non-regionally accredited institutions will be reviewed individually. If additional coursework is required to meet East Tennessee State University’s minimum accreditation standards for graduation, it should be specified at the time of admission. To be considered for fall enrollment, the application deadline is February 15.

The Department of Counseling and Human Services values diversity and does not condone or engage in discrimination based on race, color, gender identity and expression, sexual or affectional orientation, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, physical disability, or socioeconomic status.

Because of the importance of interactional competency in the field of human services, interpersonal skills, professional behavior, and aptitude for human services work will be considered in addition to academic potential.

In addition to submitting an application and official transcript of all academic work previously completed, the following are required (all materials are to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies):

  1. An undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher Exception: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission a. upon the submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores indicating an aptitude for success in graduate school OR b. completion of at least 9 hours of graduate coursework with at least a GPA of 3.5
  2. Three (3) letters of reference that address the applicant’s abilities and potential for graduate education and human services professional practice;
  3. An essay (2-3 pages) detailing experiences that have shaped pursuit of the degree, disposition and skills for advocating and helping others in their personal and social development, and what to anticipate from the graduate program;
  4. A resume, including personal data, educational experience, employment and volunteer experiences, specialized trainings/professional development, grant or scholarship authorship and/or implementation, organization officer or board membership, and professional affiliations and recognition; and
  5. After a review of application materials, applicants whose documents indicate a potential for success will be invited for an interview (video conferencing, phone, or in person) with human services graduate program faculty.

Note:applicants who are otherwise qualified for admission may not be admitted based on program enrollment and limited resources.

Curriculum

Major Field Core

  • HSRV 5100 - Human Services: Systems and Leadership (3 credits)
  • HSRV 5150 - Human Services: Counseling and Case Management (3 credits)
  • HSRV 5200 - Ethics and Social Justice (3 credits)
  • HSRV 5420 - Human Services for Families (3 credits)
  • HSRV 5510 - Grant and Report Writing (3 credits)
  • HSRV 5720 - Human Service Internship (3 credits)
  • HDAL 5230 - Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits)

Electives

Electives are selected by students based on consultation with the graduate coordinator in the human service program. Some suggested electives are listed below.

  • COUN 5100 - Groups: Processes and Practice (3 credits) COUN 5207 - Girls’ and Women’s Wellness for Helping Professionals (3 credit hours)
  • COUN 5549 - Substance Abuse: Counseling Individuals and Families (3 credits)
  • COUN 5722 - Student Development and the College Environment (3 credits)
  • ECED 5210 - Advanced Child Development (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5200 - Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • HDAL 5017 - Homelessness, Hunger, Poverty, and Politics (3 credits)
  • HDAL 5127 - Divorce: Causes and Consequences (3 credits)
  • HDAL 5137 - Youth Violence – Intervention to Prevention (3 credits)
  • HDAL 5220 - Advanced Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
  • HDAL 5417 - Family Theories (3 credits)
  • STOR 5647 - Applied Storytelling: Storytelling for a Purpose (3 credit hours)
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Sport Management, M.S.

Mostly Online Kinesiology and Sport Studies, M.A., Sports Management Concentration

The Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Management offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a concentration in Sport Management. This concentration is designed to prepare students in athletic administration, sport management, motorsport management, and advanced graduate studies.

Admissions Requirements

The following are required for admission into the M.A. in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences graduate program:

  • An undergraduate degree in physical education, sport management, or closely related field;
  • GRE scores or GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores;
  • 2.7 cumulative undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  • Resume and contact information for at least three academic references;
  • Essay explaining goals and reasons for desiring to study with the Department of KSRM and ETSU.

 

Curriculum

All graduate students in the M.A. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies graduate program are required to take the following core courses:

Core Requirements

  • SALM 5230 - Legal Issues in Physical Education and Sport (3 credits)
  • PEXS 5430 - Administration of Physical Education and Athletics (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits) or
  • PEXS 5670 - Research Design and Analysis (3 credits)

Total Core Hours Required: 9 Credit Hours

Note: In addition to the nine-hour core listed above, requirements for each concentration are listed below. Other program electives may be arranged in consultation with the program coordinator.

Sport Management Concentration Requirements

  • SALM 5220 - Issues in Sport Management (3 credits)
  • SALM 5225 - Planning and Operating Facilities in Physical Education, Fitness and Sports (3 credits)
  • SALM 5232 - Sport Communication and Media Relations (3 credits)
  • SALM 5245 - The Financing of Sport (3 credits)
  • SALM 5243 - Sport Marketing (3 credits)
  • SALM 5250 - Internship in Sport Management (6 credits) or
  • PEXS 5960 - Thesis (3-6 credits)

Total Concentration Hours: 21 Credit Hours Approved Concentration

Electives: 6 Credit Hours

All electives must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

Total Required Hours: 36 Credit Hours

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Nursing, M.S.N., Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration, 

TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered through the TN eCampus Program and is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, and Advanced Practice. Courses are offered each semester (fall, spring, and summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities. The program requires completion of 34-46 semester credit hours depending on the concentration. For more information, please visit http://www.tnecampus.org/.

Admissions Requirements

All candidates must apply to the TN eCampus Program before applying to the home school. The TN ecampus application can be found at http://www.tnecampus.org/.

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing TN eCampus Program include:

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed. Bachelors degree with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Successful completion of a 3-semester hour or 4-quarter hour undergraduate level statistics course.
  2. Graduate School TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) score requirements vary by TBR universities. ETSU students must meet ETSU English language proficiency standards.
  3. Submission of all application documentation required by the Graduate School at the home campus to which the student is referred.

Application requirements will vary slightly among the six TBR universities. Required documentation may include a resume or CV; a discussion of prior professional experience; future career goals; reasons for pursuing graduate study; and recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future advanced nursing practice.

Documentation of the above requirements must be included with the application materials submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. All applications will be reviewed by the College of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.

Factors given consideration in the admission decision include the following: Grade Point Average, professional work experience, demonstration of professional commitment through continuing education, professional honors and awards, writing ability, demonstrated interest in primary care in rural settings, and references. A personal interview may be required.

Applicants may obtain a copy of College of Nursing policies pertaining to graduate students, including the substance abuse policy, clinical course requirements, and information on Core Performance Standards from the College of Nursing Office of Academic Programs and Student Services. After admission to the program, students will receive the College of Nursing Student Handbook and must sign forms indicating they have read the College of Nursing policies and agree to abide by them.

Before entrance into clinical courses, students must be licensed or authorized to practice professional nursing in the state in which clinical assignments will be completed, demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage, have current CPR certification and a knowledge of universal precautions, and comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing. A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

Progression Standards - MSN-TN eCampus

  1. Students in graduate nursing programs must meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies to remain in good standing. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better must be maintained. In addition, a nursing student must achieve a “C” (2.0) or better in every required course in the graduate nursing program. Policies of the School of Graduate Studies for progression will apply.
  2. If a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, she/he will be placed on academic probation the following semester. If the student does not achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of one probationary semester, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Nursing will determine if the student should be dismissed from graduate study or continued on academic probation. No student will be allowed more than two probationary semesters, whether consecutive or cumulative. At the end of a second probationary semester, a student whose cumulative grade point average is still below 3.0 will be dismissed from graduate study.
  3. Students whose performance results in a GPA so far below 3.0 as to make it mathematically impossible to attain an overall GPA of 3.0 after one semester may be subject to dismissal without a probationary term.
  4. An incomplete grade (“I”) indicates that the student was passing the course at the end of the semester, but due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, was unable to complete the course work for which the “I” is assigned. The “I” grade cannot be used to allow a student to do additional work to raise a deficient grade or to repeat a course. An “I” grade must be removed no later than one calendar year from the time the grade is awarded. Time extension requests for removal of an “I” grade must be submitted to and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies before the allotted time expires. An “I” grade not removed under the guidelines in the Graduate Catalog will be converted to an “F.”

Degree Requirements - MSN - TN eCampus

Students enrolled in the Nursing Administration specialty must satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Students in Nursing Informatics specialty must satisfactorily complete 38 credit hours of coursework. Students in the Nursing Education specialty must complete 40 credit hours and students in the Advanced Practice specialty must complete 46 credit hours. Specific courses are required of students who plan to take a national certification examination. All students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination or satisfactorily complete culminating experience in the final semester of the program.

Courses are selected and approved in conjunction with the student’s advisor.

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing - TN eCampus will complete the following core courses and additional specialty nursing courses.

  • NURS 5000 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 5001 - Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 5002 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 5003 - Advanced Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 5990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3 credits)

Advanced Practice Concentration Courses

  • NURS 5102 - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical (1 credit)
  • NURS 5103 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 5104 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses:

Additional courses required in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty include the following:

  • NURS 5601 - Family Nurse Practitioner I (3 credits)
  • NURS 5602 - Family Nurse Practitioner I Clinical (2 credits)
  • NURS 5603 - Family Nurse Practitioner II (3 credits)
  • NURS 5604 - Family Nurse Practitioner II – Clinical (4 credits)
  • NURS 5605 - Family Nurse Practitioner III (3 credits)
  • NURS 5606 - Family Nurse Practitioner III – Clinical (2 credits)
  • NURS 5609 - Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum (4 credits)
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Nursing, M.S.N., Nursing Administration Concentration, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Administration Concentration, 

TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered through the TN eCampus Program and is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, and Advanced Practice. Courses are offered each semester (fall, spring, and summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities. The program requires completion of 34-46 semester credit hours depending on the concentration. For more information, please visit http://www.tnecampus.org/.

Admissions Requirements

All candidates must apply to the TN eCampus Program before applying to the home school. The TN ecampus application can be found at http://www.tnecampus.org/.

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing TN eCampus Program include:

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed. Bachelors degree with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Successful completion of a 3-semester hour or 4-quarter hour undergraduate level statistics course.
  2. Graduate School TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) score requirements vary by TBR universities. ETSU students must meet ETSU English language proficiency standards.
  3. Submission of all application documentation required by the Graduate School at the home campus to which the student is referred.

Application requirements will vary slightly among the six TBR universities. Required documentation may include a resume or CV; a discussion of prior professional experience; future career goals; reasons for pursuing graduate study; and recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future advanced nursing practice.

Documentation of the above requirements must be included with the application materials submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. All applications will be reviewed by the College of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.

Factors given consideration in the admission decision include the following: Grade Point Average, professional work experience, demonstration of professional commitment through continuing education, professional honors and awards, writing ability, demonstrated interest in primary care in rural settings, and references. A personal interview may be required.

Applicants may obtain a copy of College of Nursing policies pertaining to graduate students, including the substance abuse policy, clinical course requirements, and information on Core Performance Standards from the College of Nursing Office of Academic Programs and Student Services. After admission to the program, students will receive the College of Nursing Student Handbook and must sign forms indicating they have read the College of Nursing policies and agree to abide by them.

Before entrance into clinical courses, students must be licensed or authorized to practice professional nursing in the state in which clinical assignments will be completed, demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage, have current CPR certification and a knowledge of universal precautions, and comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing. A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

Progression Standards - MSN-TN eCampus

  1. Students in graduate nursing programs must meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies to remain in good standing. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better must be maintained. In addition, a nursing student must achieve a “C” (2.0) or better in every required course in the graduate nursing program. Policies of the School of Graduate Studies for progression will apply.
  2. If a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, she/he will be placed on academic probation the following semester. If the student does not achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of one probationary semester, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Nursing will determine if the student should be dismissed from graduate study or continued on academic probation. No student will be allowed more than two probationary semesters, whether consecutive or cumulative. At the end of a second probationary semester, a student whose cumulative grade point average is still below 3.0 will be dismissed from graduate study.
  3. Students whose performance results in a GPA so far below 3.0 as to make it mathematically impossible to attain an overall GPA of 3.0 after one semester may be subject to dismissal without a probationary term.
  4. An incomplete grade (“I”) indicates that the student was passing the course at the end of the semester, but due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, was unable to complete the course work for which the “I” is assigned. The “I” grade cannot be used to allow a student to do additional work to raise a deficient grade or to repeat a course. An “I” grade must be removed no later than one calendar year from the time the grade is awarded. Time extension requests for removal of an “I” grade must be submitted to and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies before the allotted time expires. An “I” grade not removed under the guidelines in the Graduate Catalog will be converted to an “F.”

Degree Requirements - MSN - TN eCampus

Students enrolled in the Nursing Administration specialty must satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Students in Nursing Informatics specialty must satisfactorily complete 38 credit hours of coursework. Students in the Nursing Education specialty must complete 40 credit hours and students in the Advanced Practice specialty must complete 46 credit hours. Specific courses are required of students who plan to take a national certification examination. All students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination or satisfactorily complete culminating experience in the final semester of the program.

Courses are selected and approved in conjunction with the student’s advisor.

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing - TN eCampus will complete the following core courses and additional specialty nursing courses.

  • NURS 5000 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 5001 - Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 5002 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 5003 - Advanced Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 5990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3 credits)

Nursing Administration Concentration Courses

Additional courses required in the Nursing Administration specialty include the following:

  • NURS 5301 - Nursing Administration I (3 credits)
  • NURS 5302 - Nursing Administration II (3 credits)
  • NURS 5303 - Health Care Finance (3 credits)
  • NURS 5304 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • NURS 5305 - Quality Management in Nursing and Health Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 5307 - Nursing Management Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS 5309 - Nursing Administration Practicum (4 credits)
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Nursing, M.S.N., Nursing Education Concentration, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education Concentration, 

TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered through the TN eCampus Program and is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, and Advanced Practice. Courses are offered each semester (fall, spring, and summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities. The program requires completion of 34-46 semester credit hours depending on the concentration. For more information, please visit http://www.tnecampus.org/.

Admissions Requirements

All candidates must apply to the TN eCampus Program before applying to the home school. The TN ecampus application can be found at http://www.tnecampus.org/.

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing TN eCampus Program include:

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed. Bachelors degree with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Successful completion of a 3-semester hour or 4-quarter hour undergraduate level statistics course.
  2. Graduate School TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) score requirements vary by TBR universities. ETSU students must meet ETSU English language proficiency standards.
  3. Submission of all application documentation required by the Graduate School at the home campus to which the student is referred.

Application requirements will vary slightly among the six TBR universities. Required documentation may include a resume or CV; a discussion of prior professional experience; future career goals; reasons for pursuing graduate study; and recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future advanced nursing practice.

Documentation of the above requirements must be included with the application materials submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. All applications will be reviewed by the College of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.

Factors given consideration in the admission decision include the following: Grade Point Average, professional work experience, demonstration of professional commitment through continuing education, professional honors and awards, writing ability, demonstrated interest in primary care in rural settings, and references. A personal interview may be required.

Applicants may obtain a copy of College of Nursing policies pertaining to graduate students, including the substance abuse policy, clinical course requirements, and information on Core Performance Standards from the College of Nursing Office of Academic Programs and Student Services. After admission to the program, students will receive the College of Nursing Student Handbook and must sign forms indicating they have read the College of Nursing policies and agree to abide by them.

Before entrance into clinical courses, students must be licensed or authorized to practice professional nursing in the state in which clinical assignments will be completed, demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage, have current CPR certification and a knowledge of universal precautions, and comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing. A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

Progression Standards - MSN-TN eCampus

  1. Students in graduate nursing programs must meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies to remain in good standing. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better must be maintained. In addition, a nursing student must achieve a “C” (2.0) or better in every required course in the graduate nursing program. Policies of the School of Graduate Studies for progression will apply.
  2. If a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, she/he will be placed on academic probation the following semester. If the student does not achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of one probationary semester, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Nursing will determine if the student should be dismissed from graduate study or continued on academic probation. No student will be allowed more than two probationary semesters, whether consecutive or cumulative. At the end of a second probationary semester, a student whose cumulative grade point average is still below 3.0 will be dismissed from graduate study.
  3. Students whose performance results in a GPA so far below 3.0 as to make it mathematically impossible to attain an overall GPA of 3.0 after one semester may be subject to dismissal without a probationary term.
  4. An incomplete grade (“I”) indicates that the student was passing the course at the end of the semester, but due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, was unable to complete the course work for which the “I” is assigned. The “I” grade cannot be used to allow a student to do additional work to raise a deficient grade or to repeat a course. An “I” grade must be removed no later than one calendar year from the time the grade is awarded. Time extension requests for removal of an “I” grade must be submitted to and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies before the allotted time expires. An “I” grade not removed under the guidelines in the Graduate Catalog will be converted to an “F.”

Degree Requirements - MSN - TN eCampus

Students enrolled in the Nursing Administration specialty must satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Students in Nursing Informatics specialty must satisfactorily complete 38 credit hours of coursework. Students in the Nursing Education specialty must complete 40 credit hours and students in the Advanced Practice specialty must complete 46 credit hours. Specific courses are required of students who plan to take a national certification examination. All students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination or satisfactorily complete culminating experience in the final semester of the program.

Courses are selected and approved in conjunction with the student’s advisor.

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing - TN eCampus will complete the following core courses and additional specialty nursing courses.

  • NURS 5000 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 5001 - Health Care Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 5002 - Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NURS 5003 - Advanced Role Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 5990 - Scholarly Synthesis (3 credits)

Nursing Education Concentration Courses

Additional courses required in the Nursing Education specialty include the following:

  • NURS 5101 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NURS 5102 - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical (1 credit)
  • NURS 5103 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 5104 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 5204 - Curriculum Design and Educational Theory (3 credits)
  • NURS 5205 - Evaluation Methods of Nursing Education (3 credits)

Clinical Focus

Choose one 3-credit hour course from:

  • NURS 5505 - Advanced Adult Health Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5515 - Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5525 - Advanced Critical Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5545 - Advanced Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5635 - Advanced Pediatric Nursing (3 credits)

Practicum

  • NURS 5207 - Clinical Focus Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS 5209 - Nursing Education Practicum (4 credits)
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 Advance Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner) Certificate, Post-Master's, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Post-Master's, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Advanced Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)) Certificate Program provides a formal program of study for master’s-prepared nurses in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In order to be eligible to take the certification, students must “successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a master’s nurse practitioner program, formal graduate-level certificate, or master’s level NP program in the desired area of practice.” The FNP Certificate Program provides a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second master’s degree.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Early Application Deadline - February 1; Final Deadline - April 1

Spring: Early Application Deadline - July 1; Final Deadline - August 1

Summer: Early Application Deadline - December 1; Final Deadline - February 1

 

Criteria for admission includes:

  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses at the master’s level:
  • Advanced Health Assessment - 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Health Assessment (Clinical or Lab) - 1 semester hour
  • Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Pharmacology - 3 semester hours.
  • Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed. Application for licensure/authorization must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
  • Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • TOEFL score of 600 if native language is not English.
  • A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant’s academic professional background, and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and future practice as an advanced practice nurse.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Curriculum

  • NURS 5601 - Family Nurse Practitioner I (3 credits)
  • NURS 5602 - Family Nurse Practitioner I Clinical (2 credits)
  • NURS 5603 - Family Nurse Practitioner II (3 credits)
  • NURS 5604 - Family Nurse Practitioner II – Clinical (4 credits)
  • NURS 5605 - Family Nurse Practitioner III (3 credits)
  • NURS 5606 - Family Nurse Practitioner III – Clinical (2 credits)
  • NURS 5609 - Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum (4 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 21 Credit Hours

Total Contact Hours - Advance Family NP Clinical/Practicum: 780 Hours

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Nursing Administration Certificate, Post-Master's, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Nursing Administration Certificate, Post-Master's, 

TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Nursing Administration Certificate Program provides a formal program of study for master’s-prepared nurses in nursing administration. The Certificate Program provides an individualized experience through which students gain a strong foundation in: complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice. The formal program of study is designed to meet the need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second master’s degree.

Fall: Early Application Deadline-February 1; Final Deadline-April 1

Spring: Early Application Deadline-July 1; Final Deadline-August 1

Summer: Early Application Deadline-December 1; Final Deadline-February 1

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Administration Certificate Program include:

  1. A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE);
  2. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed;
  3. Overall MSN GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. TOEFL score of at least 600 if native language is not English or equivalent other forms of TOEFL or other exams;
  5. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing the certificate program.
  6. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice.

Nursing Administration Certificate Requirements

  • NURS 5301 - Nursing Administration I (3 credits)
  • NURS 5302 - Nursing Administration II (3 credits)
  • NURS 5303 - Health Care Finance (3 credits)
  • NURS 5304 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • NURS 5305 - Quality Management in Nursing and Health Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 5307 - Nursing Management Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS 5309 - Nursing Administration Practicum (4 credits)
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Nursing Education Certificate, Post-Master's, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Nursing Education Certificate, Post-Master's, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Nursing Administration Certificate Program provides a formal program of study for master’s-prepared nurses in nursing administration. The Certificate Program provides an individualized experience through which students gain a strong foundation in: complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice. The formal program of study is designed to meet the need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second master’s degree.

Fall: Early Application Deadline-February 1; Final Deadline-April 1

Spring: Early Application Deadline-July 1; Final Deadline-August 1

Summer: Early Application Deadline-December 1; Final Deadline-February 1

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Administration Certificate Program include:

  1. A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE);
  2. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed;
  3. Overall MSN GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. TOEFL score of at least 600 if native language is not English or equivalent other forms of TOEFL or other exams;
  5. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing the certificate program.
  6. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice.

Nursing Education Certificate Requirements

  • NURS 5204 - Curriculum Design and Educational Theory (3 credits)
  • NURS 5205 - Evaluation Methods of Nursing Education (3 credits)

Clinical Focus Courses

Choose one three-hour course from the following:

  • NURS 5505 - Advanced Adult Health Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5525 - Advanced Critical Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5635 - Advanced Pediatric Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5515 - Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5545 - Advanced Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 5207 - Clinical Focus Practicum (2 credits)
  • NURS 5209 - Nursing Education Practicum (4 credits)
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Nursing, D.N.P., Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Mostly Online Nursing, D.N.P., Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is designed to produce leaders in nursing and health care practice. Specific objectives for the program are to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to:

  • Integrate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice;
  • Assume leadership roles as advanced clinicians, nurse educators, and/or administrators;
  • Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice according to accepted standards of patient care and safety;
  • Use information technology to translate research findings into evidence-based practice at the individual and health system levels;
  • Affect desired change by developing and implementing policies at different levels of the health care system and with different constituencies;
  • Provide multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical indicators within health care systems to provide optimal client care and safety; and
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in planning and delivery of health management.
     

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the D.N.P. program at ETSU must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:

  1. A completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  3. A written essay.

The College of Nursing requirements for admission to the D.N.P. program include:

  1. A bachelor’s (BSN to DNP applicants) in nursing or non-nursing master’s (MSN to DNP applicants) degree, or equivalency for international applicants in nursing, from a nationally accredited nursing program or comparably recognized non-U.S. institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.
    Certification (for MSN to DNP applicants) in the selected nursing specialty for the concentration (for instance, FNP certification for the FNP Concentration); at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role for the Executive Leadership concentration;
         Or
    A nursing master’s degree in a different specialty than the program concentrations (executive leadership, PMHNP, ANP/GNP, FNP) (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role;
         Or
    BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a non-nursing master’s degree (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for applicants with cumulative grade point average less than 3.2 as reported by their BSN or MSN institution.
  3. Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in the state of Tennessee or equivalency for international students.
  4. At least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse.
  5. Three letters of recommendation: one from the applicant’s current (most recent) supervisor, one from a faculty member who has worked directly with the applicant during previous academic study, and one from an individual selected by the applicant.
  6. Completion of an interview.
  7. Completion of a writing sample at the time of interview describing a problem the applicant has identified in practice that the applicant might explore in the DNP program.

Criminal Background Checks

To progress clinically, students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check at his or her own expense from a specified vendor. Unfavorable results may result in a student’s inability to continue in clinical courses; review of the contents of the background check and the determination for eligibility for participation at a clinical site will be conducted by affiliated clinical agencies. Although the College of Nursing does not receive the contents of the background check, documentation of completion is kept with the student’s Clinical Course Health Requirement file. 
Requirements for Completion of Degree

Students in the D.N.P. program must comply with all policies of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies regarding retention, progression, and graduation. In addition, before entrance into clinical courses, students must:

  • be licensed or authorized to practice in Tennessee or a compact state,
  • demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage (as a nurse practitioner student),
  • have current CPR certification and knowledge of universal precautions,
  • comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing, and
  • complete a criminal background check per College of Nursing policy.
  • A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Additionally, students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

Curriculum

Prior to program:

Not included in Program of Study - must be completed within ten years of enrollment in the first research course.

  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits) or equivalency.

 

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration: 41 Credit Hours, 500 Practica Clock Hours


Summer (Optional Semester): 3 credit hours

  • NRSE 5016 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits) If not taken in Summer, must be taken in Fall.

Fall Semester: 8-11 credit hours

  • NRSE 5009 - Health Assessment Throughout the Life Span (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5010 - Health Assessment Throughout the Life Span Practicum (3 credits) (60 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5000 - Conceptual Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • NRSE 5018 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)
    If not taken in Fall, must be taken in Spring.


Spring Semester: 10-13 credit hours

  • NRSE 5404 - Advanced Family Psychiatric Nursing Care I (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5405 - Advanced Family Psychiatric Practicum I (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5303 - Psychopharmacology (3 credits)


Summer Semester: 9 credit hours

  • NRSE 5408 - Advanced Family Psychiatric Nursing Care II (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5409 - Advanced Family Psychiatric Nursing Care Practicum II (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5001 - Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)

Fall Semester: 9 credit hours

  • NRSE 5410 - Interpersonal Treatment Modalities for Advanced Practice Nurse (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5411 - Interpersonal Treatment Modalities Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 6950 - Internship in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits) (110 clock hours)

Upon completion of the above courses, the student will continue enrollment in the 18 credit-hour core courses, the 12 credit-hour doctoral concentration courses, and 10 credit hours of residency,internship, and capstone courses.

Post-Master's Core Courses: 18 credit hours

  • NRSE 6002 - Health Policy Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6004 - Advanced Quality Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6014 - Measurement of Clinical Outcomes (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6019 - Collaborative Approaches to Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6050 - Translation of Nursing Science in Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6711 - Health Care Informatics and Technology (3 credits)

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Concentration Courses: 12 credit hours

  • NRSE 6412 - Clinical Prevention in Mental Health Services (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6413 - Advanced Communication for Improving Mental Health Outcomes (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6414 - Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6415 - Mental Health Care Delivery Systems (3 credits)

Residency, Internship, and Capstone Courses: 10 credit hours

  • NRSE 6800 - DNP Residency Internship (1-3 credits) (500 clock hours) (Repeat course for a total of 7 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6860 - Capstone (3 credits)
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Nursing, D.N.P., Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Mostly Online Nursing, D.N.P., Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is designed to produce leaders in nursing and health care practice. Specific objectives for the program are to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to:

  • Integrate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice;
  • Assume leadership roles as advanced clinicians, nurse educators, and/or administrators;
  • Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice according to accepted standards of patient care and safety;
  • Use information technology to translate research findings into evidence-based practice at the individual and health system levels;
  • Affect desired change by developing and implementing policies at different levels of the health care system and with different constituencies;
  • Provide multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical indicators within health care systems to provide optimal client care and safety; and
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in planning and delivery of health management.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the D.N.P. program at ETSU must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:

  1. A completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  3. A written essay.

The College of Nursing requirements for admission to the D.N.P. program include:

  1. A bachelor’s (BSN to DNP applicants) in nursing or non-nursing master’s (MSN to DNP applicants) degree, or equivalency for international applicants in nursing, from a nationally accredited nursing program or comparably recognized non-U.S. institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.
    Certification (for MSN to DNP applicants) in the selected nursing specialty for the concentration (for instance, FNP certification for the FNP Concentration); at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role for the Executive Leadership concentration;
         Or
    A nursing master’s degree in a different specialty than the program concentrations (executive leadership, PMHNP, ANP/GNP, FNP) (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role;
         Or
    BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a non-nursing master’s degree (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for applicants with cumulative grade point average less than 3.2 as reported by their BSN or MSN institution.
  3. Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in the state of Tennessee or equivalency for international students.
  4. At least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse.
  5. Three letters of recommendation: one from the applicant’s current (most recent) supervisor, one from a faculty member who has worked directly with the applicant during previous academic study, and one from an individual selected by the applicant.
  6. Completion of an interview.
  7. Completion of a writing sample at the time of interview describing a problem the applicant has identified in practice that the applicant might explore in the DNP program.

Criminal Background Checks

To progress clinically, students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check at his or her own expense from a specified vendor. Unfavorable results may result in a student’s inability to continue in clinical courses; review of the contents of the background check and the determination for eligibility for participation at a clinical site will be conducted by affiliated clinical agencies. Although the College of Nursing does not receive the contents of the background check, documentation of completion is kept with the student’s Clinical Course Health Requirement file. 
Requirements for Completion of Degree

Students in the D.N.P. program must comply with all policies of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies regarding retention, progression, and graduation. In addition, before entrance into clinical courses, students must:

  • be licensed or authorized to practice in Tennessee or a compact state,
  • demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage (as a nurse practitioner student),
  • have current CPR certification and knowledge of universal precautions,
  • comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing, and
  • complete a criminal background check per College of Nursing policy.
  • A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Additionally, students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.


Curriculum

Prior to program:

Not included in Program of Study - must be completed within ten years of enrollment in the first research course.

BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits) or equivalency.


Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration: 45 Credit Hours, 500 Practica Clock Hours

Summer (Optional Semester):

  • NRSE 5016 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Fall Semester:

  • NRSE 5009 - Health Assessment Throughout the Life Span (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5010 - Health Assessment Throughout the Life Span Practicum (3 credits) (60 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5000 - Conceptual Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • NRSE 5018 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits)

Spring Semester:  

  • NRSE 5011 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis, and Clinical Management of Young and Middle Aged Adults (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5012 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Young and Middle Aged Adults Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5013 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis, and Clinical Management of Older Adults (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5014 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Older Adults Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)

Summer Semester:

  • NRSE 5021 - Life Span Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health (2 credits)
  • NRSE 5022 - Life Span Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5001 - Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)

Fall Semester:

  • NRSE 5031 - Care of Older Adults with Chronic Health Problems and Complex Needs (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5032 - Care of Older Adults with Chronic Health Problems and Complex Needs Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5038 - Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Older Adults (2 credits)
  • NRSE 6400 - Improving Mental Health Outcomes in Primary Care (3 credits)

Upon completion of the above courses, the student will continue enrollment in the 18 credit-hour core courses, the 12 credit-hour doctoral concentration courses, and 10 credit hours of residency, internship, and capstone courses.

Post-Master's Core Courses:

  • NRSE 6002 - Health Policy Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6004 - Advanced Quality Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6014 - Measurement of Clinical Outcomes (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6019 - Collaborative Approaches to Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6050 - Translation of Nursing Science in Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6711 - Health Care Informatics and Technology (3 credits)

Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Concentration Courses:

  • PMPR 7105 - Interprofessional End of Life Clinical Care (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6512 - Integrated Complementary Healing for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6513 - Case Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6514 - DNP Role in Long-Term Care of Adults (3 credits)

Residency, Internship, and Capstone Courses

  • NRSE 6800 - DNP Residency Internship (1-3 credits) (500 clock hours) (Repeat course for a total of 7 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6860 - Capstone (3 credits)
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Nursing, D.N.P., Executive Leadership in Nursing Concentration

Mostly Online Nursing, D.N.P., Executive Leadership in Nursing Concentration

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is designed to produce leaders in nursing and health care practice. Specific objectives for the program are to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to:

  • Integrate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice;
  • Assume leadership roles as advanced clinicians, nurse educators, and/or administrators;
  • Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice according to accepted standards of patient care and safety;
  • Use information technology to translate research findings into evidence-based practice at the individual and health system levels;
  • Affect desired change by developing and implementing policies at different levels of the health care system and with different constituencies;
  • Provide multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical indicators within health care systems to provide optimal client care and safety; and
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in planning and delivery of health management.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the D.N.P. program at ETSU must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:

  1. A completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  3. A written essay.

The College of Nursing requirements for admission to the D.N.P. program include:

  • A bachelor’s (BSN to DNP applicants) in nursing or non-nursing master’s (MSN to DNP applicants) degree, or equivalency for international applicants in nursing, from a nationally accredited nursing program or comparably recognized non-U.S. institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.
    Certification (for MSN to DNP applicants) in the selected nursing specialty for the concentration (for instance, FNP certification for the FNP Concentration); at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role for the Executive Leadership concentration;
         Or
    A nursing master’s degree in a different specialty than the program concentrations (executive leadership, PMHNP, ANP/GNP, FNP) (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role;
         Or
    BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a non-nursing master’s degree (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for applicants with cumulative grade point average less than 3.2 as reported by their BSN or MSN institution.
  • Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in the state of Tennessee or equivalency for international students.
  • At least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the applicant’s current (most recent) supervisor, one from a faculty member who has worked directly with the applicant during previous academic study, and one from an individual selected by the applicant.
  • Completion of an interview.
  • Completion of a writing sample at the time of interview describing a problem the applicant has identified in practice that the applicant might explore in the DNP program.

Criminal Background Checks

To progress clinically, students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check at his or her own expense from a specified vendor. Unfavorable results may result in a student’s inability to continue in clinical courses; review of the contents of the background check and the determination for eligibility for participation at a clinical site will be conducted by affiliated clinical agencies. Although the College of Nursing does not receive the contents of the background check, documentation of completion is kept with the student’s Clinical Course Health Requirement file. 
Requirements for Completion of Degree

Students in the D.N.P. program must comply with all policies of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies regarding retention, progression, and graduation. In addition, before entrance into clinical courses, students must:

  • be licensed or authorized to practice in Tennessee or a compact state,
  • demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage (as a nurse practitioner student),
  • have current CPR certification and knowledge of universal precautions,
  • comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing, and
  • complete a criminal background check per College of Nursing policy.
  • A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Additionally, students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

Curriculum

Prior to program: Not included in Program of Study - must be completed within ten years of enrollment in the first research course.

  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits) or equivalency.

Executive Leadership in Nursing: 34 credit hours, 500 practica clock hours

  • NRSE 5000 - Conceptual Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • NRSE 5001 - Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5500 - Executive Leadership Practicum (1-3 credits) (Take for a total of 7 credit hours and 500 clock hours.)
  • NRSE 5501 - Leadership in Nursing Administration (1 credit)
  • NRSE 5510 - Organizational Theory and Nursing Administration (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5520 - Fiscal Management in Nursing Administration (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5530 - Health Care Organizations and Law (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5550 - Human Resource Management in Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5580 - Project Management for Nurse Leaders (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5590 - Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6513 - Case Management (3 credits)

Post-Master's Core Courses

  • NRSE 6002 - Health Policy Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6004 - Advanced Quality Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6014 - Measurement of Clinical Outcomes (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6019 - Collaborative Approaches to Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6050 - Translation of Nursing Science in Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6711 - Health Care Informatics and Technology (3 credits)

Executive Leadership in Nursing Doctoral Concentration Courses 

  • NRSE 6712 - Strategic Fiscal Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6713 - Systems Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6714 - Executive Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6715 - Contemporary Problems in Executive Leadership in Nursing (3 credits)

Residency, Internship, and Capstone Courses: 

  • NRSE 6800 - DNP Residency Internship (1-3 credits) (500 clock hours) (Repeat course for a total of 7 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6860 - Capstone (3 credits)

 

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Nursing, D.N.P., Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Mostly Online Nursing, D.N.P., Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is designed to produce leaders in nursing and health care practice. Specific objectives for the program are to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to:

  • Integrate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice;
  • Assume leadership roles as advanced clinicians, nurse educators, and/or administrators;
  • Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice according to accepted standards of patient care and safety;
  • Use information technology to translate research findings into evidence-based practice at the individual and health system levels;
  • Affect desired change by developing and implementing policies at different levels of the health care system and with different constituencies;
  • Provide multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical indicators within health care systems to provide optimal client care and safety; and
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in planning and delivery of health management.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the D.N.P. program at ETSU must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:

  1. A completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  3. A written essay.

The College of Nursing requirements for admission to the D.N.P. program include:

  • A bachelor’s (BSN to DNP applicants) in nursing or non-nursing master’s (MSN to DNP applicants) degree, or equivalency for international applicants in nursing, from a nationally accredited nursing program or comparably recognized non-U.S. institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.
    Certification (for MSN to DNP applicants) in the selected nursing specialty for the concentration (for instance, FNP certification for the FNP Concentration); at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role for the Executive Leadership concentration;
         Or
    A nursing master’s degree in a different specialty than the program concentrations (executive leadership, PMHNP, ANP/GNP, FNP) (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role;
         Or
    BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a non-nursing master’s degree (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for applicants with cumulative grade point average less than 3.2 as reported by their BSN or MSN institution.
  • Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in the state of Tennessee or equivalency for international students.
  • At least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the applicant’s current (most recent) supervisor, one from a faculty member who has worked directly with the applicant during previous academic study, and one from an individual selected by the applicant.
  • Completion of an interview.
  • Completion of a writing sample at the time of interview describing a problem the applicant has identified in practice that the applicant might explore in the DNP program.

Criminal Background Checks

To progress clinically, students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check at his or her own expense from a specified vendor. Unfavorable results may result in a student’s inability to continue in clinical courses; review of the contents of the background check and the determination for eligibility for participation at a clinical site will be conducted by affiliated clinical agencies. Although the College of Nursing does not receive the contents of the background check, documentation of completion is kept with the student’s Clinical Course Health Requirement file. 
Requirements for Completion of Degree

Students in the D.N.P. program must comply with all policies of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies regarding retention, progression, and graduation. In addition, before entrance into clinical courses, students must:

  • be licensed or authorized to practice in Tennessee or a compact state,
  • demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage (as a nurse practitioner student),
  • have current CPR certification and knowledge of universal precautions,
  • comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing, and
  • complete a criminal background check per College of Nursing policy.
  • A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Additionally, students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

Curriculum

Prior to program: Not included in Program of Study - must be completed within ten years of enrollment in the first research course.

  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits) or equivalency.

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration: 43 Credit Hours, 500 Practica Clock Hours

Summer (Optional Semester):  

  • NRSE 5016 - Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits) If not taken in Summer, must be taken in Fall.

Fall Semester:

  • NRSE 5009 - Health Assessment Throughout the Life Span (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5010 - Health Assessment Throughout the Life Span Practicum (3 credits) (60 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5000 - Conceptual Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • NRSE 5018 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3 credits) If not taken in Fall, must be taken in Spring.

Spring Semester:

  • NRSE 5011 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis, and Clinical Management of Young and Middle Aged Adults (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5012 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Young and Middle Aged Adults Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5013 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis, and Clinical Management of Older Adults (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5014 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Older Adults Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)

Summer Semester:

  • NRSE 5021 - Life Span Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health (2 credits)
  • NRSE 5022 - Life Span Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 5001 - Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)

Fall Semester:  

  • NRSE 5023 - Health Promotion Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5024 - Health Promotion, Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Practicum (3 credits) (110 clock hours)
  • NRSE 6400 - Improving Mental Health Outcomes in Primary Care (3 credits)

Upon completion of the above courses, the student will continue enrollment in the 18-credit hour post-master’s courses, the 12-credit hours doctoral concentration courses, and 10 credit hours of residency, internship, and capstone courses.

Post-Master's Core Courses:  

  • NRSE 6002 - Health Policy Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6004 - Advanced Quality Management (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6014 - Measurement of Clinical Outcomes (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6019 - Collaborative Approaches to Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6050 - Translation of Nursing Science in Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6711 - Health Care Informatics and Technology (3 credits)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Concentration Courses:
  • NRSE 6612 - Principles of Nurse Practitioner Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6613 - Advanced Nursing Rural/Underserved Populations (3 credits)
  • NRSE 5610 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6614 - Advanced Intervention DNP Practicum (3 credits)

Residency, Internship, and Capstone Courses:

  • NRSE 6800 - DNP Residency Internship (1-3 credits) (500 clock hours) (Repeat course for a total of 7 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6860 - Capstone (3 credits)
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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

Mostly Online Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) degree program at ETSU is to prepare expert practitioners and nurse scientists who are capable of conducting research that will improve health and provide leadership in the health care delivery system.

Graduates of the program will meet an escalating need for nurse educators and researchers in schools of nursing, health agencies, and complex health care delivery systems across the state and nation.

The Ph.D. program prepares students with advanced knowledge and skills in the science of nursing, with an emphasis on the application of knowledge to improve the health of rural and/or underserved population groups. The student is expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge of research methods and techniques of data analysis, and acquire analytical and leadership skills for dealing with social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political issues related to nursing, health care education, and research.

The curriculum is designed to provide the student with coursework in the philosophy of science, ethics, statistical procedures, research methods, nursing science, and selected in-depth study in a selected cognate area.The curriculum is designed to accommodate working professionals and delivered in a blended/ online format with required on-campus intensive sessions once each semester. A dissertation on a topic of interest is required.

Program Admission Requirements

First preference for fall admission will be given to applicants who meet all criteria and file a completed application by February 1. This program only admits students during the fall semester!

Applicants seeking admission to the Ph.D. degree program at East Tennessee State University must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials: a completed application with payment of a nonrefundable application fee; official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work; and a written essay.

In addition, College of Nursing requirements for admission to the Ph.D. degree program include:

  • BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a non-nursing master’s degree (longer program of study may be required). OR MSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program or Master’s degree in a related discipline with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.*
  • Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores;
  • Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in Tennessee or compact state;*
  • At least two (2)-years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one (1) from the applicant’s current (or most recent) supervisor, one (1) from a faculty member who worked directly with the applicant during previous graduate study, and one (1) from an individual selected by the applicant;
  • Completion of an interview;
  • Completion of a writing sample on a selected topic at the time of interview; A cover letter expressing the applicant’s personal goals for doctoral study (unless clearly articulated in the written essay requested by the university);
  • and A résumé or vita, as appropriate.

* Or equivalency for international applicants.

Factors given consideration in the admission decision include:

  • previous graduate grade point average (GPA),
  • level of GRE performance,
  • clarity of goals for doctoral study as stated in writing and during the interview,
  • writing ability,
  • professional work experience and achievements,
  • professional honors and awards,
  • interest in rural and underserved population groups, and quality of references/recommendations.

The Ph.D. Admissions Committee may admit a promising applicant who has not met all the admission requirements on a conditional basis.

Criminal Background Checks

To progress clinically, students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check at his or her own expense from a specified vendor. Unfavorable results may result in a student’s inability to continue in clinical courses; review of the contents of the background check and the determination for eligibility for participation at a clinical site will be conducted by affiliated clinical agencies. Although the College of Nursing does not receive the contents of the background check, documentation of completion is kept with the student’s Clinical Course Health Requirement file. 
Requirements for Completion of Degree

Students in the D.N.P. program must comply with all policies of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies regarding retention, progression, and graduation. In addition, before entrance into clinical courses, students must:

  • be licensed or authorized to practice in Tennessee or a compact state,
  • demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage (as a nurse practitioner student),
  • have current CPR certification and knowledge of universal precautions,
  • comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing, and
  • complete a criminal background check per College of Nursing policy.
  • A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Additionally, students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

 

Residency Requirements

The purpose of the residency requirement is to build a community of scholars. It provides doctoral students with significant time for sustained participation with peers and faculty members in scholarly and creative activities. A student in the Ph.D. program will fulfill the residency requirement by accomplishing selected professional activities such as scholarly writing, research, presentations, consulting, and grant writing, as specified in a residency plan. (Guidelines for Residency Activities will be provided.) The residency plan must be approved by the student’s advisor and the Ph.D. Coordinator in the College of Nursing.

Each student must complete the required approved residency activities and submit a residency portfolio as documentation no later than thirty days prior to the candidacy examination.

 

Candidacy Examination 

The goal of the candidacy examination is to demonstrate the student’s ability to synthesize knowledge accrued in the PhD core courses prior to admission to candidacy, and to move the student forward in the dissertation process. To demonstrate knowledge synthesis and at the same time contribute to nursing science, the student will prepare a state-of-the-science paper in his or her area of research interest. The work will be a primary representation of the student’s intellectual abilities and independent scholarship. The paper, after approval by the Candidacy Examination Committee, will be submitted to a professional journal, and the student will be admitted to candidacy.

All students must be registered for a minimum of one (1) semester hour of coursework in the semester in which they take or re-take the candidacy examination; upon completion of all coursework the student should register for one (1) credit hour of NRSE 6960 Readings and Research. The outcome of the Candidacy Examination process can be “Pass” which means the student has successfully completed all steps of the process or “Fail”, which means the student begins the candidacy process again. Students whose second written submission is unacceptable will be dismissed from the program.

 

Dissertation 

Each doctoral candidate must complete a dissertation as a major requirement for the Ph.D. degree. A dissertation proposal consisting of the first three (3) chapters of the dissertation will be completed and presented for approval to the student’s advisory committee prior to seeking IRB approval, and initiation of the research project. A dissertation proposal consisting of the first three (3) chapters of the dissertation will be completed and presented for approval to the student’s advisory committee prior to beginning data collection for the research project. Once the dissertation research has been conducted, the results analyzed, and the report written and accepted by the advisory committee, an oral defense of the dissertation will be scheduled. The dissertation must be prepared in accordance with School of Graduate Studies guidelines and submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for approval. General guidelines on the dissertation format and procedures to be followed in scheduling an oral defense are available in the School of Graduate Studies.

Time Limit-The time limit for completion of the Ph.D. degree program by a student is seven (7) years from the date of enrollment in the earliest course applied toward the degree.

 

Curriculum

The PhD curriculum is composed of a minimum of 59 credit hours, including courses in foundations of scientific inquiry, research methods and data analysis, and nursing science; cognate courses, to complement the student’s previous experiences, career goals, and dissertation focus; and dissertation hours. A minimum of twelve (12) credits is required for the cognate. Opportunities for role development are provided within the nursing and cognate courses and through professional activities as specified within the student’s residency plans.

Students in the Ph.D. program may select courses only at the 5000, 6000, or 7000 levels; at least one-half of all courses within the doctoral student’s program of study must be at the 6000/7000 levels.

A summary of the curriculum follows:

Prerequisite: An introduction to statistics course at the graduate level*

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

  • NRSE 6100 - Philosophy of Nursing Science (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6110 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Bioethical Issues (3 credits)

Research Methods and Data Analysis

  • NRSE 6020 - Advanced Data Analysis (4 credits)
  • NRSE 6030 - Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6040 - Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6014 - Measurement of Clinical Outcomes (3 credits) Nursing Science
  • NRSE 6000 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6002 - Health Policy Leadership (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6010 - Concept Development in Nursing Practice I (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6012 - Concept Development in Nursing Practice II (3 credits)
  • NRSE 6900 - Dissertation Seminar (1 credit)
  • NRSE 6019 - Collaborative Approaches to Practice (3 credits)

Cognate Course Selections:

  • 12 Credit Hours At least one nursing course must be included.

Dissertation: 12 Credit Hours

  • NRSE 6960 - Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 credits)

Total Hours Required: 59 Credit Hours

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Professional Studies, M.P.S., Strategic Leadership Concentration,TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Professional Studies, M.P.S., Strategic Leadership Concentration, 

TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is an online interdisciplinary graduate degree program in the social sciences and the professions. The 33-hour MPS program is designed for working adults who wish to pursue graduate professional studies that combine two or more disciplines. Because the MPS students’ academic needs and interests are multidisciplinary, they generally are not served by traditional professional programs. The MPS allows for the development of professionally oriented programs that respond to the dynamic needs of students working in or preparing for rapidly changing professional environments and expectations. In this program of interdisciplinary graduate studies, students make connections between various professional fields and traditional social science disciplines. For the purposes of the MPS program, profession is defined broadly, not limiting profession to traditional areas such as law and medicine. Professionals who might be served by the MPS program include individuals working in commerce, information technology, mass media, government, social services, health care, and education. The MPS is a TN eCampus program offered cooperatively by all Tennessee Board of Regents universities.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Administration Certificate Program include:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.
  2. An acceptable score on the GRE, generally at least 400 verbal, 500 quantitative, and a 4.0 on analytical writing or the equivalent scores on the revised GRE (after August 1, 2011).
  3. Applicants with five or more years of professional work experience may submit a portfolio in lieu of the GRE. The portfolio is to include (a) a resume; (b) a 500- to 600-word essay detailing the reasons for wanting to enter the MPS program and discussing how the program will help the applicant achieve personal and professional goals; and (c) two sealed letters of professional reference. Other items that an applicant may include in the portfolio are a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements and professional awards and recognitions. The admission decision will be based on the entire academic and professional record. All portfolio materials should be submitted in one package to the School of Graduate Studies, Box 70720, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Requirements for conditional admission

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission might be admitted conditionally if their entire academic and professional records indicate potential for success in the program. Conditions may include, but are not limited to, taking prerequisite undergraduate courses, enrolling in specified graduate-level courses, and achieving a specified grade point average.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required. Students must complete nine hours of a common core, complete a concentration of 21 hours which must include a second research class, and complete the Culminating Professional Project for three hours. The MPS core consists of the following courses:

  • PRST 5100 - Professional Environment: Issues and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PRST 5200 - Globalization and the Professions (3 credits)
  • PRST 5300 - Research Methods (3 credits)

Strategic Leadership Concentration

Strategic Leadership concentration students will complete seven of the following courses, including at least one course from each of the five subject areas:

Leadership Theory

    • PRST 5500 - Foundations of Leadership (3 credits)
    • LDSP 5000 - Current Issues and Cases in Leadership (3 credits)
    • ELPA 5560 - Small Group Leadership (3 credits)

Research/Data Analysis

    • PRST 5770 - Computer-Based Decision Model (3 credits)
    • PRST 5600 - Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

Organizational Structure and Change

    • PRST 5310 - Leadership in Organization (3 credits)
    • PRST 5800 - Organizational Skills and Development (3 credits)

Communication

    • COMM 5110 - Leadership and Communication (3 credits)
    • JOUR 5450 - Public Relations Management (3 credits)
    • PRST 5700 - Conflict Management and Negotiation (3 credits)

Strategic Planning and Assessment

    • PRST 5040 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
    • PRST 5105 - Project Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)

Culminating Professional Project

    • PRST 5998 - Professional Project (3 credits)
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Professional Studies, M.P.S., Training and Development Concentration, TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Professional Studies, M.P.S., Training and Development Concentration, 

TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is an online interdisciplinary graduate degree program in the social sciences and the professions. The 33-hour MPS program is designed for working adults who wish to pursue graduate professional studies that combine two or more disciplines. Because the MPS students’ academic needs and interests are multidisciplinary, they generally are not served by traditional professional programs. The MPS allows for the development of professionally oriented programs that respond to the dynamic needs of students working in or preparing for rapidly changing professional environments and expectations. In this program of interdisciplinary graduate studies, students make connections between various professional fields and traditional social science disciplines. For the purposes of the MPS program, profession is defined broadly, not limiting profession to traditional areas such as law and medicine. Professionals who might be served by the MPS program include individuals working in commerce, information technology, mass media, government, social services, health care, and education. The MPS is a TN eCampus program offered cooperatively by all Tennessee Board of Regents universities.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Administration Certificate Program include:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.
  2. An acceptable score on the GRE, generally at least 400 verbal, 500 quantitative, and a 4.0 on analytical writing or the equivalent scores on the revised GRE (after August 1, 2011).
  3. Applicants with five or more years of professional work experience may submit a portfolio in lieu of the GRE. The portfolio is to include (a) a resume; (b) a 500- to 600-word essay detailing the reasons for wanting to enter the MPS program and discussing how the program will help the applicant achieve personal and professional goals; and (c) two sealed letters of professional reference. Other items that an applicant may include in the portfolio are a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements and professional awards and recognitions. The admission decision will be based on the entire academic and professional record. All portfolio materials should be submitted in one package to the School of Graduate Studies, Box 70720, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Requirements for Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission might be admitted conditionally if their entire academic and professional records indicate potential for success in the program. Conditions may include, but are not limited to, taking prerequisite undergraduate courses, enrolling in specified graduate-level courses, and achieving a specified grade point average.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required. Students must complete nine hours of a common core, complete a concentration of 21 hours which must include a second research class, and complete the Culminating Professional Project for three hours. The MPS core consists of the following courses:

  • PRST 5100 - Professional Environment: Issues and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PRST 5200 - Globalization and the Professions (3 credits)
  • PRST 5300 - Research Methods (3 credits)

Training and Development Concentration

Core Courses

Choose from three:

    • PRST 5410 - Evaluation of Learning (3 credits)
    • PRST 5420 - Organizational Needs Analysis (3 credits)
    • PRST 5600 - Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
    • PRST 5770 - Computer-Based Decision Model (3 credits)

Choose a specialization

On-Site Training

    • PRST 5770 - Computer-Based Decision Model (3 credits)
    • PRST 5105 - Project Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)
    • PRST 5470 - Facilitation of Learning (3 credits)
    • Any unduplicated M.P.S. elective

Distance Training

    • PRST 5430 - Instructional Design for Electronic Training (3 credits)
    • PRST 5440 - Teaching Online (3 credits)
    • Any unduplicated M.P.S. elective (3 credits)

Culminating Professional Project

    • PRST 5998 - Professional Project (3 credits)
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Public Health, M.P.H., Community Health Concentration

100% Public Health, M.P.H., Community Health Concentration

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Community Health is a professional degree that offers competency-based preparation for public health practice in population-focused health education and health promotion. It prepares practitioners who can develop, implement, and evaluate community-based interventions and work to establish effective collaborative organizational and community partnerships.

Community Health affords the student the opportunity to learn how to interact with communities for the purpose of health education and promotion; how to develop and conduct health assessments and program evaluations; and the importance of establishing collaborative organizational and community partnerships.

Admissions Requirements

The priority application deadline is February 1st (for early admissions decision, consideration for Graduate Assistantships, and Tuition Scholarships).

The final application deadline is June 1st.

Admission to the graduate program in public health is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*

The following exemptions may be made for GRE scores:

  1. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree, medical degree or doctoral degree in the health sciences, or other applicable field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit GRE scores; and
  2. Official scores from the GMAT taken within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

The exemption does not apply to graduates of foreign institutions. All applicants who are graduates of foreign institutions are required to submit GRE scores.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, mphcoordinator@etsu.edu. You may also contact the respective graduate department housing your concentration of interest.

The College of Public Health begins accepting applications in early September and will continue to review applications through the month of May. However, the College of Public Health only admits for the following fall semester.

Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at http://www.sophas.org.

The College of Public Health has a priority deadline of February 1.

*NOTE: When applying to SOPHAS, please use the ETSU College of Public Health GRE code: 7333. Students who are accepted to the ETSU MPH program will also need to send transcripts and test scores directly to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Core M.P.H. Course Requirements

  • HSMP 5020 - Philosophy of Public Health (1 credit)
  • ENVH 5100 - Environmental Health Practice I (3 credits)
  • COBH 5200 - Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • EPID 5400 - Epidemiology I (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5500 - Health Service Administration (3 credits)

Community Health Concentration

Required Courses

  • COBH 5110 - Community Health Assessment Research (3 credits)
  • COBH 5377 - Health Communication (3 credits)

One of the following

  • COBH 5120 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • COBH 5125 - Rural Health Research and Practice (3 credits)

One of the following

  • COBH 5130 - Consulting and Implementation of Health Programs and Services (3 credits)
  • COBH 5135 - Rural Health Projects (3 credits)

Electives

(selected in consultation with academic advisor)

Culminating Field Experience

  • COBH 5850 - Pubic Health Program Field Experience - Community and Behavioral Health (1-6 credits)
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Public Health, M.P.H., Epidemiology Concentration

100% Online Public Health, M.P.H., Epidemiology Concentration

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Community Health is a professional degree that offers competency-based preparation for public health practice in population-focused health education and health promotion. It prepares practitioners who can develop, implement, and evaluate community-based interventions and work to establish effective collaborative organizational and community partnerships.

Epidemiology is the “basic science of public health,” and as such epidemiologists are health professionals who study disease, illness, and injuries and attempt to determine: who becomes ill; why certain people are more likely to become ill; and how to prevent the spread of illness.

Admissions Requirements

The priority application deadline is February 1st (for early admissions decision, consideration for Graduate Assistantships, and Tuition Scholarships).

The final application deadline is June 1st.

Admission to the graduate program in public health is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*

The following exemptions may be made for GRE scores:

  1. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree, medical degree or doctoral degree in the health sciences, or other applicable field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit GRE scores; and
  2. Official scores from the GMAT taken within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

The exemption does not apply to graduates of foreign institutions. All applicants who are graduates of foreign institutions are required to submit GRE scores.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, mphcoordinator@etsu.edu. You may also contact the respective graduate department housing your concentration of interest.

The College of Public Health begins accepting applications in early September and will continue to review applications through the month of May. However, the College of Public Health only admits for the following fall semester.

Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at http://www.sophas.org.

The College of Public Health has a priority deadline of February 1.

*NOTE: When applying to SOPHAS, please use the ETSU College of Public Health GRE code: 7333. Students who are accepted to the ETSU MPH program will also need to send transcripts and test scores directly to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.

 

M.P.H. Degree Requirements

Cor Requirements

  • HSMP 5020 - Philosophy of Public Health (1 credit)
  • ENVH 5100 - Environmental Health Practice I (3 credits)
  • COBH 5200 - Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • EPID 5400 - Epidemiology I (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5500 - Health Service Administration (3 credits)

Community Health Concentration

  • BSTA 5350 - Biostatistics II (3 credits)
  • EPID 5405 - Epidemiology II (3 credits)
  • EPID 5430 - Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3 credits)
  • EPID 5420 - Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3 credits)

Field Experience

  • EPID 5850 - Public Health Program Field Experience - Epidemiology
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Public Health, M.P.H., Public Health Administration Concentration

100% Online Public Health, M.P.H.,Public Health Administration Concentration

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Community Health is a professional degree that offers competency-based preparation for public health practice in population-focused health education and health promotion. It prepares practitioners who can develop, implement, and evaluate community-based interventions and work to establish effective collaborative organizational and community partnerships.

Public Health Administration is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on the accessibility, financing, and organization of health care services and the development and implementation of public health policy.

Competencies

By the end of the degree program, students are expected to have achieved the following competencies:

  • Discuss main issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services in the United States.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles to issues of health services management and policy analysis.
  • Analyze health policy, including policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing in health services organizations.
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance.
  • Demonstrate written and oral skills for communicating health policy and management issues with different audiences.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for building relations and alliances. Apply principles of human resources management in public health and health services organizations.
  • Apply principles of accounting and financial management in public health and health services organizations.
  • Analyze governance and management structures of health services organizations.

Admissions Requirements

The priority application deadline is February 1st (for early admissions decision, consideration for Graduate Assistantships, and Tuition Scholarships).

The final application deadline is June 1st.

Admission to the graduate program in public health is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*

The following exemptions may be made for GRE scores:

  1. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree, medical degree or doctoral degree in the health sciences, or other applicable field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are not required to submit GRE scores; and
  2. Official scores from the GMAT taken within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.

The exemption does not apply to graduates of foreign institutions. All applicants who are graduates of foreign institutions are required to submit GRE scores.

For additional information, please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, mphcoordinator@etsu.edu. You may also contact the respective graduate department housing your concentration of interest.

The College of Public Health begins accepting applications in early September and will continue to review applications through the month of May. However, the College of Public Health only admits for the following fall semester.

Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at http://www.sophas.org.

The College of Public Health has a priority deadline of February 1.

*NOTE: When applying to SOPHAS, please use the ETSU College of Public Health GRE code: 7333. Students who are accepted to the ETSU MPH program will also need to send transcripts and test scores directly to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. 

M.P.H. Degree Requirements

  • HSMP 5020 - Philosophy of Public Health (1 credit)
  • ENVH 5100 - Environmental Health Practice I (3 credits)
  • COBH 5200 - Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
  • BSTA 5310 - Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • EPID 5400 - Epidemiology I (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5500 - Health Service Administration (3 credits)

Required Courses -  Public Health Administration Concentration

  • HSMP 5505 - Managing Health Care Organizations (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5525 - Health Services Organization and Delivery (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5535 - Health Policy, Politics, and Analysis (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5550 - Human Resource Management in Health Organizations (3 credits))
  • Electives (9 credits)
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Reading, M.Ed., Reading Education Concentration

Mostly Online Reading, M.Ed., Reading Education Concentration

The graduate program in reading education is designed to provide the necessary educational experiences for persons who are either preparing to or are already involved in working toward enhancing the reading, writing, and oral language competencies of children and adults. Candidates are prepared to assume leadership roles in reading education by serving as special reading teachers, clinicians, diagnosticians, program coordinators, reading specialists, and reading supervisors.

The graduate program meets standards of excellence for reading programs of the International Reading Association. Graduate program faculty and candidates work extensively in area schools to provide active practicum experiences.

The M.Ed. in Reading is not an initial licensure program. Persons seeking an initial endorsement to teach in Tennessee should enter one of the initial licensure programs.

Admission

In addition to general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies, persons seeking admission to the Master of Education in Reading must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants who seek the Reading Specialist endorsement should also provide the following:

  • three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one from a principal or other individual who serves in a supervisory role)
  • a current résumé; and
  • a copy of current teaching license.

An oral or written interview may be requested by the program coordinator in specific cases.

 

 

 

 

Degree Requirements

Graduate majors in reading education will be permitted to elect the thesis option (comprised of coursework and required formal thesis) with a minimum requirement of 33 credit-hours, or the course option (completely comprised of coursework, no formal thesis required) with a minimum requirement of 36 credit-hours. All reading education majors will be required to complete READ 5027, READ 5120, READ 5170, READ 5190, READ 5210, READ 5231, READ 5241, and EDFN 5950 or READ 5950. Additional credits will be earned from other reading and reading-related courses.

Thesis Option Course Requirements

Core Courses

  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits) or
  • READ 5950 - Action Research in Reading Education (3 credit hours)
  • READ 5190 - Linguistics of Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5241 - Practicum (1-3 credits)

Concentration Courses

  • READ 5027 - Diagnostic and Remedial Procedures in Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5120 - Teaching Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5210 - Psychology of Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5231 - Advanced Diagnostic Procedures (3 credits)
  • READ 5750 - Literacy Instruction in Linguistically Diverse Classroom (3 credits)

Elective Courses

  • READ or READ-related elective (6 credits) Thesis
  • READ 5960 - Thesis (3-6 credits)

Total Hours Required: 33 Credit Hours

Non-Thesis Option Course Requirements

Core Courses

  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits) or
  • READ 5950 - Action Research in Reading Education (3 credit hours)
  • READ 5190 - Linguistics of Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5241 - Practicum (1-3 credits)

Concentration Courses

  • READ 5027 - Diagnostic and Remedial Procedures in Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5120 - Teaching Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5210 - Psychology of Reading (3 credits)
  • READ 5750 - Literacy Instruction in Linguistically Diverse Classroom (3 credits)

Elective Courses

  • READ or READ-related elective (3 credits)
  • READ or READ-related elective (3 credits)
  • READ or READ-related elective (3 credits)
  • READ or READ-related elective (3 credits)

Total Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours

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School Library Professional Graduate Certificate

Mostly Online School Library Professional Graduate Certificate

The program of Educational Media and Educational Technology offers a “School Library Professional” certificate to qualified candidates who have a master’s degree from an accredited institution and who hold a valid Tennessee teacher license may take 26 credit hours of approved classes to meet the current school licensure requirements for Tennessee endorsement School Library Specialist #473. Because courses are arranged sequentially and may only be offered once each year, students would complete all classes successfully in the previous term before advancing to the next term. 

Certificate Requirements

  • MEDA 5000 - History and Philosophy of Educational Media and Educational Technology (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5400 - Technology in Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5628 - Children’s Materials (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5637 - Young Adult Materials (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5635 - Basic Reference Materials (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5710 - School Library Media Program Development and Management (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5720 - Organization of Library Media (3 credits)
  • MEDA 5925 - Practicum in School Library Media (5 credits)

Total Graduate Credit Hours: 26 Credit Hours

Note: At the completion of the coursework, students would follow the current state requirement of taking Praxis Test #0311 “School Library Specialist” and apply for add-on status to their current teaching licensure.

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Special Education, M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education Concentration

Mostly Online Special Education, M.Ed., Early Childhood Education Concentration 


This area of emphasis is designed to prepare individuals to teach young children (birth - 8 years) with disabilities and to work effectively with their families. This concentration prepares candidates for Tennessee licensure in early childhood special education.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the following criteria may be admitted unconditionally. Those who do not meet the criteria may be admitted conditionally, with deficiencies to be met as stipulated by the program faculty.


  • Completion of all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Have minimum scores on one of the following:
  • 22 composite on the ACT (21 before 1989)
  • 1020 on the SAT (920 before April 1, 1995)
  • Passing scores on Praxis Core or each Praxis I subtest-Reading, Math, and Writing
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a 2-page essay outlining past experience with individuals with disabilities and goals for acquiring an advanced degree in Special Education.

 

Initial Licensure in Special Education

Those persons seeking initial licensure in special education who have a baccalaureate degree but are not currently eligible for teacher licensure will follow the program of study designed to meet the state of Tennessee’s teacher licensure requirements within the special education concentration (SPED) or early childhood special education concentration (ECSE).

Students admitted to the graduate program must successfully complete all applicable tests including the Praxis I and Praxis II. Deficiency coursework may be required, and may be taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level. Admission to the College of Education must be completed two semesters prior to student teaching. Students who have a Tennessee state teaching license and are entering the graduate program are admitted to the College of Education as part of their admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Deficiency coursework may not be applied toward requirements for completion of a master’s degree. All students pursuing an initial licensure will student teach for 15 weeks.

 

Curriculum

Core Courses (Required for all master’s degree students)

  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits)
  • SPED 5401 - Research and Practice in Positive Behavioral Supports (3 credit hours)
  • SPED 5445 - Medical Aspects and Applications of Assistive Technology (3 credits)
  • SPED 5753 - Programming for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs (3 credit hours)

Early Childhood Special Education Concentration Courses

  • SPED 5010 - History, Issues & Trends In Early Childhood Special Education, Birth to Eight (3 credits)
  • SPED 5020 - Instructional Practices for Exceptional Needs, K-3 (3 credit hours)
  • SPED 5030 - Instructional Practices for Preschoolers (3 credits)
  • SPED 5040 - Intervention Practices with Infants, Toddlers, and Families (3 credits)
  • SPED 5050 - Assessment and Progress Monitoring of Young Children with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
  • SPED 5425 - Pre-Residency: The First 6-weeks of School (1 credit hour)
  • SPED 5467 - Teaching Math to Students with Mild/Moderate Exceptional Learning Needs (3 credit hours)
  • SPED 5710 - Residency I in Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • SPED 5757 - Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading and Language Arts (3 credits)
  • SPED 5825 - Preclinical Experience in Special Education (1 credit) (Must be taken two times for a total of 2 credits.)
  • SPED 5850 - Residency II and Seminar in Special Education (6 credits)

Total Hours for the M.Ed. (minimum): 45 Credit Hours

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Sport Science and Coach Education, M.S., Strength and Conditioning Concentration

100% Online Sport Science and Coach Education, M.S., Strength and Conditioning Concentration

The Master of Science in Sport Science and Coach Education includes concentrations in applied sport science, and strength and conditioning.

Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in physical education, exercise science, or closely related field;
  • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale; international applicants should consult the ETSU Graduate Catalog for more specific information on requirements for countries using different grading scales;
  • Official scores on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • Resume and contact information for at least three letters of recommendation. These letters should be submitted through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies online system at https://gradletters.etsu.edu/;
  • Essay explaining goals, career expectations, and reasons for desiring to study in sport science and coach education at ETSU.

Core Requirements

  • PEXS 5520 - Instrumentation in Exercise and Sport Science (3 credits)
  • PEXS 5600 - Sport Conditioning I (3 credits)
  • PEXS 5610 - Sport Physiology I: Muscle Metabolism and Hormonal Control (3 credits)
  • PEXS 5620 - Physiology II: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (3 credits)
  • PEXS 5680 - Management Skills for Coaching (3 credits)
  • HSMP 5500 - Health Service Administration (3 credits)

Strength and Conditioning Concentration

  • PEXS 5280 - Sport Skills and Tactics (3 credits)
  • PEXS 5657 - Sports Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids (3 credits)
  • PEXS 5700 - Coaching Issues (3 credits)

Electives

Electives (6 - 9 credit hours) are chosen in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Other Requirements

  • PEXS 5800 - Internship in Fitness/Exercise Physiology (3 credits) or
  • PEXS 5960 - Thesis (3-6 credits)
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Teaching and Learning, Advanced Studies, M.Ed. TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

100% Online Teaching and Learning, Advanced Studies, M.Ed.,

TN eCampus (formerly RODP)

The major purpose of this degree is to improve the quality of teaching at the elementary level by broadening the background of teachers in the literacy as related to elementary teaching and preparing teachers as action researchers.

Admissions Requirements

A candidate who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all work completed is eligible for admission.

A candidate who has an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be granted admission by either of the following two (2) procedures:

  1. Obtaining a minimum of 2400 points based on the following formula: <*the sum of the GRE aptitude scores (V+Q+AW);
    1. GPA x 500; and
    2. The sum of numbers (1) and (2).
    3. If the applicant has taken the Revised GRE (after August 2011), concordant scores will be used in the admission formula. *Scores on the GRE-AW will be substituted for the Analytical (A) scores using a scaled transfer.
  2. Participating in an interview with the appropriate admission committee. The candidate will be responsible for providing the admission committee with information for consideration in admission decisions. Factors to be considered include teaching experience; scores on standardized tests; GPA during the entire undergraduate experience, during the last two (2) years of undergraduate school, and in the major; performance in graduate courses taken; recommendations of supervisors and colleagues; quality of undergraduate school(s) attended; oral communication skills; and skill in writing, which will be determined in part by the candidate’s extemporaneous writing during the interview.

Core Requirements

  • ASTL 5701 Teacher as Learner (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5700 Portfolio Development (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5721 Theory and Foundation of Development Literacy (Literacy I) (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5723 Understanding and Implementing Best Practices in Teaching Beginning Literacy (Literacy II) (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5725 Understanding and Implementing Best Practices for Continued Literacy Growth in the Middle Grades (Literacy III) (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5705 Assessment of Learning (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5703 Knowledge of the Learner (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5726 Diagnosing Literacy Problems K-8 (Literacy IV) (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5706 Learning Strategies/Instructional Strategies (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5729 Remediation of Literacy Problems K-8 (Literacy V) (3 credits)
  • ASTL 5709 Action Research (3 credits)
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Technology, M.S., Engineering Technology/Entrepreneurial Leadership Concentrations 

Mostly Online Technology, M.S., Engineering Technology/Entrepreneurial Leadership Concentrations

The Engineering Technology Concentration is for students who plan to become, or are now, involved in supervising or coordinating workers, materials, and equipment in a production system, or who are resolving technical problems related to the courses offered.

Individuals completing the program should be qualified to deal with tooling, methods, planning, quality control and reliability, and management aspects of production in manufacturing and other industries.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership concentration was formed to provide our graduate students with skills that will help them thrive in the global economy of the twenty first century. The purpose of the Entrepreneurial Leadership concentration is to respond to the ever-increasing need for entrepreneurial leadership skills in the commercialization of innovative technology, and to respond to the broader application of entrepreneurial thinking in existing technology based businesses, health care and higher education. This program is designed to provide the innovative, prudent risk-taker with a practical approach for commercializing innovative technology and for creating wealth by finding implementation methods for transforming creative ideas into value producing technology based business models. In this context wealth can be measured in financial terms or in terms of value added in a social or not-for-profit scenario. 

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