Educational Leadership

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, hold a current teaching license, and have a minimum of three years of successful education working experience prior to starting the program. This degree allows the candidate to complete licensure requirements for the instructional leadership license - Beginning (ILL-B).

EDLD Curriculum

For students seeking a Master’s Degree, the EDLD program includes a 3 hour course in Models of lnstruction, Curriculum Development, and Advanced Teaching; 27 hours of EDLD concentration coursework, and a 3- hour course in Clinical Supervision. Students seeking the M.S. in Educational Leadership must successfully take and pass the Student Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Praxis exam, which will serve as the comprehensive examination and fulfill the requirements for a degree. Candidates seeking an endorsement only must take and pass the SLLA for licensure requirements.

Course Format

The EDLD core and concentration course materials are accessible 24/7 using Blackboard Course Ware. The courses have a variety of assessments and field experiences. Students have free technical support through UT Martin's Help Desk.

 

EDLD 745 and EDLD 780 will provide candidates opportunities to demonstrate their ability to improve student learning. In EDLD 745, candidates will examine student data within their classroom or school to determine an area of need. Candidates will collect student data, prepare spreadsheets, examine trends, and share the information with department/ level teachers, and school principal. Candidates will select a topic of concern and create an action research project to examine student achievement. This project and its defense will be completed in EDLD 780. EDLD 780 Clinical Supervision – This course is to be taken in the last semester of coursework in the Educational Leadership program; EDLD 745 is taken in the immediately preceding semester. The project will begin in EDLD 745. This project must demonstrate the candidate’s ability to improve student learning. This project and its defense will be shared through a written report and a PowerPoint presentation to the mentor, a panel of LEA representatives and the UTM faculty.

E-Portfolio Requirement

In addition to completing course requirements, the candidate is required to develop an Evidence E-Portfolio documenting mastery of the Tennessee Instructional Leadership license standards, develop a professional development plan, complete a practicum project that demonstrates the ability to improve student learning and present the results to an evaluation panel, and pass the SLLA.

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 the Office of Education Graduate Programs at teach@utm.edu.

Required Courses for Degree-seeking Students:

  • 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
  • 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
  • EDST 710- Models of lnstruction, Curriculum Development and Advanced Teaching Strategies.

Required Courses for Non-Degree Seeking Students:

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

  • 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

Electives (Complete a minimum of two of these courses):

  • EDST 710 -Models of lnstruction, 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 745 EDLD 730
EDLD 715 EDLD 755 EDLD 745
EDLD 735 EDLD 760 EDLD 750
EDLD 745 EDLD 775 EDLD 780
EDLD 780 EDLD 780 EDST 710
EDST 710    

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

UTM's Educational Leadership Program is based upon the following standards:

  • University of Tennessee at Martin's Conceptual Framework (shown below)
  • Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS)
  • Interstate School Leaders' Licensure Consortium Standards for School Leaders (ISLLC)
  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation Advanced Programs Standards (CAEP)

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 Inquiry
  • 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.

 

For current tuition and fees, please see the Business Affairs page (http://www.utm/departments/bursar/).

Faculty

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

Accreditation

UT Martin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors and masters degrees. UT Martin's education curriculum is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP).

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted as degree or non-degree seeking (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

  • Minimum GRE General scores -770 and Writing 3.5
  • Hold a current teaching license and
  • A minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA)

Unconditional Admission

  • Minimum GRE General scores - 980 and Writing 3.5
  • Hold a current teaching license and
  • A minimum 2.70 cumulative grade point average (GPA)

The following materials are required for review by the Program Admission Committee-

 

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. Be sure to address the following: Why are you interested in a principal licensure program? What are your hopes and dreams as a potential instructional leader? What do you hope to learn as a result of this program? How have you demonstrated leadership in coaching other teachers to raise student achievement?
  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 current teacher license.
  5. Verification of education working experience. Three years of successful education working experience prior to starting the program are required.
  6. Complete copy of the most recent performance appraisal.
  7. 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 Program Admission Committee

 

Application to Graduate School includes the following:

  1. Apply for admission on on-line at www.utm.edu
  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 the Program Admission Committee to Office of Graduate Studies, 227 Administration Building, Martin, TN 38238.

For further program information, please contact the Office of Education Graduate Programs at teach@utm.edu, or use our online request form.

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