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Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

College of Education

Higher Education Leadership

Preparing Professionals for Service and Leadership

PPSL has changed it's name to Higher Education Leadership--HEDL

The focus of the program is on the professional development of Higher Education Leadership leaders who have a strong desire to enhance their knowledge of leadership principles and to become more effective leaders in their organizations.


All students move through their program as part of an online cohort group. Cohort students will begin the program in the same semester and continue through the program with the same group, taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. Each cohort has a site through D2L specifically designed to assist students in advisement with their cohort advisor and other concentration specific information. 

Master of Education

The master's degree with a concentration in  Student Personnel is appropriate for entry or mid-level staff in higher education.  Graduates of this master's program will increase their knowledge of leadership principles and have the ability to become more effective members of their organizations.

The master's degree program of study consists of 36 credit hours taken in consecutive semesters. Students will also complete an appropriate field or action research project at the end of the program.

Doctor of Education

For students with a valid master's degree, the program of study requires a minimum of 66 credit hours.  Students with valid educational specialist degrees have a program of study calling for a minimum of 42 credit hours.  The students will also complete an appropriate, supervised internship and submit a portfolio of 10 approved residency activities.

The Qualifying Examination is administered toward the end of the required coursework and encompasses knowledge and ideas from these courses.  Upon satisfactory completion of both the written and oral segments, students enroll in dissertation hours and begin their research project

Program Coordinator:

Dr James Lampley

Dr. James Lampley
504 Warf Pickel Hall
P.O. Box 70550
Johnson City, TN 37614


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