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Online Leadership Studies Program (MS, EdS, Certificate)

The Online Leadership.Studies program offers Master of Science (MS) and Specialist in Education (EdS) degrees in educational administration with the option of obtaining a Tennessee Instructional Leadership License.  For candidates who already have a master’s degree and who are interested in an Instructional Leadership License, the Online Leadership Studies program offers the option of a one-year certificate program which leads to a Tennessee Instructional Leadership License. Students also complete an internship under the supervision of a school mentor and a facilitator while continuing in their teaching position.

Applications are currently being accepted for our upcoming cohort to begin first session summer (priority deadline: March 15). Online Leadership Studies Program Admissions. If you are interested in applying or have questions, please email Margaret Ritchie at or call 865.567.2636 for more information.

Higher Education Administration (MS)

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department offers an online Master of Science in Educational Administration with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. The degree offers advanced graduate study for individuals who aspire to work in higher education settings including postsecondary institutions, policy and research centers, and government agencies. In addition, professionals who currently work in a higher education setting but do not possess a higher education degree will enhance their leadership knowledge and skill for service in their current positions.

The program features a core sequence in educational leadership, a specialized focus on higher education administration, policy, and legal aspects and a research concentration on evaluation and data use. Students pursing this degree will enhance their leadership and management ability, develop policy knowledge toward effective practice, and build a practical research and evaluation skillset. The coursework is delivered in an online format through distance education and can be completed in 12-15 months. For more information, including sample course schedules for three, four, and five term completions, click here to download the HEAM Online program flyer.

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