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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 (PhD), Education, Leadership Studies in Education
  • Doctor of Education (EdD), Educational Leadership
  • EdS, Educational Administration, with specialization in Online Leadership Studies
  • MS, Educational Administration, with specialization in Online Leadership Studies
  • Graduate Certificate, Instructional Leadership (PreK-12), Online Leadership Studies 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 both the skill and disposition for 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.

Online Leadership Studies Program (EdS, MS, Certificate)

The Online Leadership Studies program offers Masters of Science (MS) and Specialist in Education (EdS) degrees in Educational Administration with the option of obtaining a Tennessee Instructional Leadership License (ILL). For candidates who already have a masters degree and who are interested in a principal’s license, the Online Leadership Studies program offers the option of a one-year certificate program which leads to a Tennessee Instructional Leadership 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 educator position.  Students of the Online Leadership Studies program will be trained to become administrators in Tennessee K–12 schools and conduct action research that will aim to improve public schools.