Educational Leadership

Revised Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (2013)


The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership is available to individuals who obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and who are professionally licensed to teach. Qualified candidates will have completed three years teaching before admission. This degree allows the candidate to complete certification requirements for the beginning administrator as an initial step towards full credentialing as a professional administrator. According to current Tennessee State Board of Education policy, full credentialing and employment of principals/supervisors is a two-step process. The first step leads to licensure as a beginning administrator; the second step supports the professional development of the new administrator and leads to licensure as a professional administrator. This may be accomplished through a Standard Program or an Internship Program. It is important for the candidate to consult with the graduate coordinator/designee and/or adviser to identify the appropriate program to be pursued in preparing to be recommended for licensure. 


EDLD Curriculum

For students seeking a Master’s Degree, the EDLD program includes a 3 hour course in “Models of Instruction and Curriculum Development”, 27 hours of EDLD concentration coursework, and a 3- hour course in Clinical Supervision. Master’s seeking students must successfully take and pass the SLLA Praxis exam, which will serve as the comprehensive examination and fulfill the requirements for a degree.


Course Format

The EDLD core and concentration course materials are accessible 24/7 using Blackboard Course Ware. The courses have discussion boards, email, assignments and announcements. Students also have free technical support through UT Martin’s Help Desk.

Clinical Supervision (EDLD 780) is to be taken during the last semester of coursework.


Portfolio Requirement

In addition to completing course requirements, the candidate is required to complete a satisfactory professional portfolio. Development of a portfolio provides each candidate opportunities for reflection and self-evaluation along with spotlighting skills and accomplishments that will be of interest to future employers.


Recommendation for Licensure

Individuals currently holding a master's degree may pursue an additional endorsement in Educational Leadership. For additional information regarding specific requirements, contact Kristy Crawford (



**Students wishing to pursue an endorsement in Educational Leadership must complete the following 24 hours and pass the SLLA Praxis exam in order to be recommended for the Instructional Leadership License- Beginning (ILL-B).


Required Courses:

All of these courses must be completed.

EDLD 710 – Introduction to Supervising and Leading Educational Change

EDLD 730 – Public Relations, and Resource Allocation in the School Setting

EDLD 745 – Measurement and Decision-Making

EDLD 750 – Facility Management for Safe, Efficient and Effective Learning Environment

EDLD 760- Law and Policy in the Educational Setting

EDLD 780 – Clinical Supervision


Complete a minimum of two of these courses.

EDST 710 – Models of Instruction, Curriculum Development and Advanced Teaching Strategies.

EDLD 715 – Personnel Management and Professional Development

EDLD 735 – Electronic Tools for Educational Leaders

EDLD 755 – Topics in Special Education for School Leaders

EDLD 775 – Classroom and School-wide Behavior Management


EDLD Course Rotation:

Fall Spring Summer

EDLD 710

EDLD 755

EDLD 750

EDLD 715

EDLD 760

EDLD 730

EDLD 735

EDLD 775

EDLD 780

EDLD 745

EDLD 780

EDST 710

EDLD 780



EDST 710




*Rotation subject to change at discretion of Department of Educational Studies.

Conceptual Framework

The theme, "Professional Educators as Leaders and Enhancers of Human Development," is our goal in continuing the professional development of future educators. The advanced program's conceptual framework is depicted as four keys that the graduate faculty feel will unlock each candidate's potential. They are:

KEY 1 Knowledge, Skills and Application 
KEY 2 
Human Relations 
KEY 3 
KEY 4 
Professional and Ethical Behavior

Inherent within each key component are outcomes that the candidate is expected to master upon completion of his/her individual program. These keys are linked together by a solid ring representing the faculty's commitment to diversity, technology and assessment.

Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards for School Leaders (ISLLC)

In addition to the conceptual framework, the Educational Leadership coursework is aligned with ISLLC Standards. These are:

  • Standard 1: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  • Standard 2: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Standard 3: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Standard 4: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  • Standard 5: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  • Standard 6: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

For current tuition and fees, please see the Business Affairs page.



The EDLD program faculty hold Graduate Faculty status at UT Martin and all have experience in educational leadership and online teaching.



UT Martin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone number 404-679-4500) to award bachelors and masters degrees. UT Martin’s education curriculum is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking or endorsement only. Degree seeking candidates must meet all University requirements as listed in the university catalogue under “Types of Admission.” Applicants for a major, or seeking endorsement in Educational Leadership, must meet the additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission.

Conditional Admission Unconditional Admission
  • Minimum GRE General scores – 770 and Writing 3.5
  • Hold a current teaching license and
  • A minimum 2.70 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Minimum GRE General scores – 980 and Writing 3.5
  • Hold a current teaching license and
  • A minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA).


The following materials are required for review by the Educational Leadership Admissions Board


All materials should be mailed to:  
Office of Graduate Studies
The University of TN at Martin
227 Administration Building
Martin, TN  38238

  1. Personal statement of career goals and how the preparation program would assist the candidate in reaching stated goals. This statement must be at least one full page, double spaced, in no larger than 12 pt. type.
  2. Current resume.
  3. The "Aspiring Candidate Recommendation" form must be completed and submitted by principal/superintendent and/or former principal/superintendent.
  4. Copy of teaching license. The applicant’s school system should provide verification of experience in writing on appropriate letterhead. Contact the Coordinator/designee for Education Graduate Programs for more information. Three years of experience must be completed prior to recommendation for Educational Leadership licensure.
  5. Copy of the most recent performance appraisal.
  6. Current professional development plan with three goals to improve performance, pursuant to last evaluation.

Note:  Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the EDLD Admission Board.


Application to Graduate School includes the following:

1. Apply for admission on on-line at  

2. Submit official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended to Office of Graduate Studies, 227 Administration Building, Martin, TN 38238.

3. Submit all required documents for review by Educational Leadership Board.  Packet will not be forwarded for review until all materials have been received by the Office of Graduate Studies.


For further program information, please contact Kimberly Page at, or use our online request form.

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