Principal License with Master's

For:

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 is required to join the program.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Face-to-face classes meet one night per week, same night entire program
  • Face-to-face classes meet from 4:45 to 8:45 PM
  • Accelerated format – can be completed in as little as 5 semesters
  • No thesis required, action research project in lieu of thesis

What You Learn:

Since its inception at Carson-Newman, the graduate program in education has been preparing educators for service as teachers, counselors, and administrators in PreK-12 schools. In line with the vision and mission of the University and of the unit, the graduate programs seek to prepare caring and professionally competent teachers and school leaders who feel called to bring about positive change and serve as mentors and role models. Candidates will: 1) use research findings from the professional literature, knowledge of best practice, and action research to reflect upon and make informed decisions about their own practice; 2) use technology as a tool to maximize student learning; manage professional responsibilities for oneself and others; and promote their own and others’ continued professional development for leadership roles; 3) effectively use varied assessment strategies to meet the needs of all children and teachers and to promote overall school improvement; 4) respectfully consider the needs of children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds to serve as change agents to ensure that all students learn; and 5) facilitate desirable relationships between home, school, and community in order to improve the overall quality of schools as places for learning for all students.

How You Learn:

Blended Format: When you enroll in a blended cohort, you will take the core courses for the degree in a face-to-face offering. These courses meet one night a week, from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. You will take the remaining courses for your degree online. These courses will not require face-to-face class meetings; you will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one course every 8 weeks. During the summer, you will complete up to four courses, and some 8-week courses. All courses in the summer are online. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 5 semesters.

Online Format: This is an online program; you will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one 3 credit hour course every 8 weeks. During the summer, you will complete up to four courses, and some 8-week courses. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 5 semesters.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program and passing of the Praxis Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), students will have earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and be recommended for the Beginning (ILL-B) Administrative License in the state of Tennessee.

To become a candidate for Administrative Licensure in Tennessee, Educational 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 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 M.Ed. tracks.

Principal Licensure Only Program:

Carson-Newman offers an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, as well as a stand-alone Principal Licensure Program. Currently licensed professional educators who already hold a Master's or higher level degree and have at least three years of credible teaching experience are eligible to take the 21 hour licensure only program. Upon satisfactory completion of the program requirements the student will be recommended for the Tennessee ILL-B (Beginning) Administrator License.

Degree Requirements:

Number Title Hours
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 561 Effective Home, School, and Community Relations 3
EDUC 672 Evaluation for Continuous Improvement 3
EDUC 673 Management of the School 3
EDUC 674 Professional Learning Community 3
EDUC 630 Educational Research 3
EDUC 670 Legal and Ethical Issues 3

SPED 524
OR
TESL 565

Techniques for Inclusion
OR
Language and Culture

3
EDUC 635 Integrating Research and Learning 3
EDUC 527 School Safety and Security 3
EDUC 671 Curriculum & Instructional Strategies 3
EDUC 575 Practicum/Internship 3
  Total for Degree: 36

Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change. This is not an official class schedule.

Courses highlighted in blue are the 21 credits required towards Principal Licensure.