Educational Specialist with Administrative Leadership Concentration


Experienced, licensed teachers with a desire to become leaders in their schools and districts. A minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching in a PreK-12 classroom will be required before you enter the program. If seeking the Administrative Licensure Specialization, you must work in a TN school.

What You Learn:

The Educational Specialist degree is designed for those individuals who have completed master’s degrees and wish to enhance their own professional development. Candidates will develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings for application in a variety of educational settings. In addition, candidates will focus on the development of leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies. For students seeking administrative licensure, the Administrator's License (Ill) Ed.S. & Ed.D. Specialization may be taken concurrently. Ed.S. candidates complete the same courses as Ed.D. candidates, but the Ed.S. program requires only the mentored residency and professional portfolio rather than the dissertation. 

Program Format:

This is an online program; the student will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, the student will finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. During the summer, the student will complete up to four courses. Following this schedule, the student will complete the program in approxi­mately 2 years.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students will have earned an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with a concentration in Administrative Leadership. For students who wish to seek administrative licensure, the Administrator's License (Ill) Ed.S. & Ed.D. Specialization may be taken concurrently. Upon passing of the Praxis Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) these students may be recommended for the Beginning (ILL-B) Administrative License in the state of Tennessee.

To become a candidate for Administrative Licensure in Tennessee, Administrative Leadership applicants will prepare a state-required portfolio, including a copy of their teaching license and a letter written on school system letterhead as verification of 3 completed years of teaching experience.

Note: Since Administrative Licensure is a collaborative process between P-12 schools and universities, the following needs to take place in order to be moved to candidacy for licensure: a local school system (candidates MUST work in a TN school district) must present evidence of approval of the candidate, and a state-required portfolio prepared by the student must be submitted. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for licensure are eligible to complete one of the other advanced degree tracks.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 670 Legal and Ethical Issues 3
EDUC 721 Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis 3
EDUC 723 Emergent Educational Leadership Trends and Topics 3
EDUC 673 Management of the School 3
EDUC 674 Professional Learning Communities 3
EDUC 722 Organizational Leadership Effecting Continuous Growth in a Culture of Change 3
EDUC 724 Financial Planning and Responsibilities 3
EDUC 720 Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles 3
EDUC 750 Mentored Residency Internship and Professional Portfolio 3
ELECTIVE Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
ELECTIVE Additional coursework in a Cognate Area 3
EDUC-FOLIO Educational Leadership Evidence Portfolio 0
EDUC-PRACT Educational Leadership Practicum Project 0
EDUC-SLLLA Administrative Leadership Licensure Assessment 0
  Total for Degree: 36

Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change.