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Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

College of Education

School Leadership Concentration

Serving Communities with Outstanding Leadership

This concentration is designed primarily for practitioners who already possess administrative license and desire to work in central office positions in public schools or refine their professional expertise in their current positions of leadership.


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. 

Educational Specialist

The educational specialist program of study consists of 31 credit hours for the degree and an additional 12 hours to complete requirements for the administration endorsement.  The students will also complete an appropriate, supervised internship and develop a professional portfolio.   

Doctor of Education

For students with a valid masters 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. Pamela Scott

514 Warf Pickel Hall
P.O. Box 70550
Johnson City, TN 37614


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