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Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

College of Education


Residency is viewed as an opportunity for students to participate in various activities within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis as well as other outside organizations. This opportunity allows students to demonstrate continuing growth of awareness and understanding of the wider profession of educational leadership.

A student becomes eligible to begin meeting the residency requirements after the completion of one semester. The student begins this process by discussing the residency with their cohort advisor or program advisor and filing a Declaration of Intent to Establish Residency form.

The student then consults with their cohort advisor to design a plan of activities which will meet the residency requirements and enhance the student's educational experience. These activities are to be completed before the student's Qualifying Examinations. Throughout the completion of these requirements, the student will maintain documentation of the learning and reflection prompted by each of the designated activities and by the cumulative experience. The advisor will review this documentation and upon his or her approval will sign on the "Report of Examination" form.  

   Residency Options:

            1. A residency of two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment (at least 9 credit hours) during which students must be employed as a graduate assistant at ETSU.

            2. A continuous residency that requires students to be continuously enrolled in the Ed.D. program for 6 credit hours (fall, spring, and summer semesters) from their initial course in the program until all course work (excluding dissertation hours) is completed.

If Option 2 is selected a record of 10 approved residency activities will be completed, submitted,

and approved by the Cohort Advisor prior to Qualifying Exam Orals. All residency activities must have prior approval by the Cohort Advisor. When properly certified by the Cohort Advisor a completion report will be filed with ELPA and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies by the Cohort advisor.

 ELPA Ed.D. students should complete the intent to establish residency form. and submit it to the appropriate dropbox in their cohort site on D2L.

Each student regardless of the residency option selected, must receive prior approval of a residency plan by their cohort advisor. Each student must complete the required 10 approved residency activities and submit documentation of their completion to their advisor.  Any modification of the Residency Plan must be approved, in writing, by the student's cohort advisor. 

List of residency guidelines and recommended activities. Each concentration will provide specific guidelines for how to choose and complete their specific residency requirements. Students must discuss residency plans with their cohort advisor.

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