MSED: Instructional Leadership

Broaden your horizons with instructional leadership

The Instructional Leadership concentration empowers and prepares teachers to serve as leaders for equity in school leadership positions requiring a Tennessee Instructional Leadership License.

The Instructional Leadership concentration is designed for educators with two years of teaching experience who want to serve as administrators!

Program Highlights

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Principal
  • Director/Superintendent
  • Principal
  • Supervisor of Instruction

Application Requirements

All applicants for Educational Leadership (degree-seeking, non-degree, or endorsement) must also submit the following documents (items 1-9) for review and recommendation from the Educational Leadership (EDLD) Program Admission Committee.

  1. GPA requirement
    • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
    • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
    • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).
  2. $40 Application Fee
  3. Personal statement of prior experience in leading change. Provide documented evidence to support your claims. Please limit the response to two pages maximum.
  4. Current resumé.
  5. The Applicant Recommendation Form must be completed and submitted by principal/superintendent and/or former principal/superintendent.
  6. Copy of current teaching license.
  7. Verification of education working experience. Two years of successful education working experience prior to starting the program are required.
  8. Signed complete copy of most recent performance appraisal by a state approved evaluation model or similar measure for the past two years.
  9. Two letters of recommendation must be from anyone who is familiar with your education working experience. They should address your knowledge and/or understanding of leadership practices that must be performed to be an effective leader.

Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the Program Admission Committee. All required admission documents must be submitted to the Graduate Studies office.

Office of Graduate Studies
227 Administration Building
Martin, TN 38238

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Department of Educational Studies
Dr. Clinton Smith, Chair
240 Gooch Hall
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238