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Educational Administration

Through the educational administration graduate programs, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies prepares entry-level and executive-level administrators for schools and colleges.  Professional educators and others interested in the leadership, school organizations, research, and policy.  The graduate degree programs are designed to enrich the knowledge, skills, and values requisite to effective leadership in educational practice settings.

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Leadership Studies (PhD)

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)

Specialist in Education with a concentration in Education Administration (EdS)
(Offered in Leadership Academy and VOLS Lead Online Program)

Masters of Science in Educational Administration (MS)
(Offered in Leadership Academy and VOLS Lead Online Program)

Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration (PreK-12)
(Offered in the VOLS Lead Online Program)


Doctoral Program (PhD)

This doctoral program is directed toward developing practitioner-scholars who understand the power of ideas and who place those ideas in service to improve educational practice. In addition, the program seeks to develop in these scholar-practitioners both the skill and disposition to thoughtful inquiry, policy analysis, and evaluation.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Doctor of Education program is designed to provide advanced study in district leadership, a unique focus among doctoral programs. The program provides a pathway to prepare school practitioners to become practitioner- scholars and to serve in district level leadership positions including the superintendency.

Leadership Academy (EdS, MS)

Leadership Academy offers a 15-month intensive leadership preparation program that offers Master of Science (MS) or  Specialist in Education degree (EdS) Education Students must be available Monday through Thursday of each week for an intensive internship experience under the direction of a school mentor (e.g., the school principal). On Fridays, students attend face-to-face classes in order to complete the required curriculum and meet the knowledge and skill standards for initial certification as a beginning school leader.

VOLS Lead Online Program (EdS, MS, Certificate)

The VOLS Lead program is an online program that offers Masters of Science (MS) and Specialist in Education (EdS) degrees in educational administration with the option of obtaining a Tennessee K–12 principal’s licensure.  For candidates who already have a masters degree and who are interested in a principal’s license, the VOLS Lead program offers the option of a one-year certificate program which leads to a Tennessee K-12 license.  All courses are offered in an online delivery format.  Students also complete an internship under the supervision of a school mentor (e.g.the school principal) and a facilitator while continuing in their teaching position.  Students of the VOLS Lead program will be trained to become administrators in Tennessee K–12 schools and conduct action research that will aim to improve public schools.