Instructional Leader Licensure Specialization

Online 21 credits * Approx. 3 Semesters
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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohorts

Can be obtained in as little as 3 semesters

Typically, in fall and spring semesters, one course is completed every eight weeks; in summer, two to four courses are taken depending upon the program.

Prepare for leadership roles in PreK-12 schools and districts

Post-master’s administrative license program for:

This license-only program is built for Tennessee teachers seeking leadership roles in PreK-12 schools, and already holding an advanced degree. At least two years of licensed TN teaching experience in a PreK-12 classroom is required, along with present employment in a Tennessee school. This can be completed concurrently with the M.Ed Educational Leadership Program or as a non-degree seeking student.

Candidates will:

  • Pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment Praxis Exam
  • Develop extensive knowledge of governance and change within educational and other societal institutions
  • Foster and maintain relationships within the school, and with the district, parents, and community members to support student achievement
  • Complete coursework regarding School Management, Financial Planning, and Leadership Foundations

Formatting to Accommodate the Busy Lifestyles of Educators:

Students in our online cohorts take all courses for the degree in a completely online format. These courses do not include face-to-face class meetings; students log-in regularly to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and engage in group activities. During the Fall and Spring terms, students typically finish one course every 8 weeks. During the summertime, students complete up to four courses. All courses taken in the Summer are online. Following this schedule, candidates complete the degree in approximately three semesters.

Career Outcomes:

Graduates are eligible to market themselves for leadership roles in PreK-12 schools and districts.

Program Requirements

Course NumberTitleHours
EDUC 527School Safety and Security3
EDUC 575Administrator Field Experience3
EDUC 638Foundations of Leadership3
EDUC 670Legal and Ethical Issues3
EDUC 672Evaluation for Continuous Improvement3
EDUC 673Management of the School3
EDUC 674Professional Learning Community3
EDUC 721*Educational Leadership Theory & Policy Analysis3
EDUC 724*Financial Planning & Responsibilities3
EDUC 750*Mentored Residency Internship & Professional Portfolio3
 Total for Degree:21


Please Note:

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

*700-level courses are only available to those students pursuing an EdS or EdD degree with C-N or who already hold an EdS or EdD degree from another institution.