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V.O.L.S. Lead

The V.O.L.S. Lead program is an online program that offers Master’s and Specialist in Education (EdS) degrees in educational administration with the option of obtaining a K–12 licensure certificate in educational administration. All courses are offered in an online delivery format along with an internship and thesis requirements for the master’s and EdS degrees. Students of the V.O.L.S. Lead program will be trained to become administrators in K–12 public schools and conduct action research that will aim to improve the conditions of public school systems.

Program options

This 36-credit hour program includes 6 credit hours of internship and leads to a Tennessee instructional leader’s (ILL-B) license. The program is designed to align with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC) or the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), and the Tennessee Instructional Leaders Standards (TILS). At the conclusion of coursework, students will be required to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment and score above the established cut-off score to be recommended for licensure as a Tennessee instructional leader.

EDAM 513: Administrative and Organizational Theory
EDAM 515: Human Relations and Communication (for students entering the program before August of 2017)
OR EDAM 595:  School and Community Relations (for students entering the program in August 2017)
EDAM 519: Curriculum for School Leaders
EDAM 520: Using Data for School Improvement
EDAM 523: Administration of Special Services
EDAM 544:  School Finance and Business Management
EDAM 548: Supervision and Personnel Administration
EDAM 552: Educational Change for School Leaders
EDAM 554: Policy Issues in Educational Law
EDAM 580: Internship in Educational Administration (taken twice)
EDAM 583: Educational Leadership-Principalship

This 42-credit hour program includes 6 credit hours of internship as well as 6 credit hours of research and leads to a Tennessee instructional leader’s (ILL-B) license. A master’s degree is required for entry into this program. The program is designed to align with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC) or the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), and the Tennessee Instructional Leaders Standards (TILS). At the conclusion of coursework, students will be required to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment and score above the established cut-off score to be recommended for licensure as a Tennessee instructional leader. Students in the EdS program will be required to present a field research project at the comprehensive exam defense.

EDAM 513: Administrative and Organizational Theory
EDAM 515: Human Relations and Communication (for students entering the program before August of 2017)
OR EDAM 595:  School and Community Relations (for students entering the program in August 2017)
EDAM 519: Curriculum for School Leaders
EDAM 520: Using Data for School Improvement
EDAM 523: Administration of Special Services
EDAM 544:  School Finance and Business Management
EDAM 548: Supervision and Personnel Administration
EDAM 552: Educational Change for School Leaders
EDAM 554: Policy Issues in Educational Law
EDAM 580: Internship in Educational Administration (taken twice)
EDAM 583: Educational Leadership-Principalship
EDAM 592: Field Problems
Research elective

This program includes either 36 (master’s) or 42 (specialist in education) credit hours of coursework but does not lead to Tennessee principal licensure because the student wants an advanced degree but does not want a principal’s license. The program of study is individually planned in consultation with the student. An internship is required for the nonlicensure track. The program is designed to offer an advanced degree in administration for students seeking work in, for example, a nonprofit organization, a grant writing position, or in a nonpublic school setting.

Each program will be individually planned in consultation with the student.

This 21-credit hour program is designed for students who already have a master’s or specialist in education degree and seek a Tennessee instructional leader’s license. An internship is required. This program does not lead to a degree but a certificate in educational administration is awarded upon completion. At the conclusion of coursework, students will be required to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment and score above the established cut-off score to be recommended for a Tennessee instructional leader license (ILL-B).

EDAM 515: Human Relations and Communication (for students entering the program before August of 2017)
OR EDAM 595:  School and Community Relations (for students entering the program in August 2017)
EDAM 519: Curriculum for School Leaders
EDAM 548: Supervision and Personnel Administration
EDAM 552: Educational Change for School Leaders
EDAM 554: Policy Issues in Educational Law
EDAM 580: Internship in Educational Administration
EDAM 583: Educational Leadership-Principalship

For more information regarding programs of study and degree requirements, please visit the V.O.L.S. Lead Student Resource Handbook.

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