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V.O.L.S. Lead Admissions

All candidates for admission must complete a University of Tennessee Graduate School application as well as an application for the specific program of interest in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. All regular university fees will apply to the online program.

Application to the UT Office of Graduate and International Admissions and the Educational Administration programs can be completed in one step. To be considered for admission to the Educational Administration programs, please visit Graduate Admissions. Certain items are required. You will need to have:

  • a $60 nonrefundable admission application fee, or a $30 nonrefundable readmission fee.
  • an earned undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • a copy of your transcripts from each previous college or university attended, available in electronic format (MS Word or PDF) to complete the application (unofficial copies will suffice initially).
  • If you have previously been admitted to the Graduate School, you need only to file a Readmission and/or Request for Change of Graduate Program.

Admission to the V.O.L.S. Lead Program

As part of the application to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions, you will also be required to have the following supplemental information available in electronic format (as a PDF) to complete the application.

This additional information should be forwarded to Janie Young at

The V.O.L.S. Lead Admission Portfolio will include the following:

  • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Most recent professional development activities
  • A copy of teaching certificate
  • A statement of professional goals (Explain how this preparation program would assist you in reaching these goals. Provide a response that is detailed and specific.)
  • Professional activities involving leadership roles
  • Professional organizations
  • Professional honors received, including scholarships and fellowships
  • A description of a personal experience where knowledge of curriculum and instruction was used to improve student achievement
  • A description of any personal experience(s) where collaboration, cooperation, and/or relationship building in a professional environment was demonstrated (Attach evidence of this experience, if applicable.)

Applicants must complete all application forms by March 15.

Upon receipt of a complete portfolio and acceptance to the UT Graduate School, the V.O.L.S. Lead Admission Board will review all materials and forward a recommendation for interview. If you are recommended for an interview, you will be contacted by Janie Young to schedule an interview with the admission board. Interviews will take place on site or via Skype. Applicant interviews will be required and held by appointment only.

Out-of-State Students:

  • All coursework is aligned with the Tennessee Instructional Leader Standards. As such, we cannot recommend out-of-state students for a principal’s license to the respective state’s department of education. Thus, we can offer a master’s or specialist in education degree in educational administration, only in the nonlicense track. In other words, while Tennessee residents culminate with a degree plus a principal’s license, out-of-state students can only pursue the degree.
  • Out-of-state candidates can only be admitted to the University of Tennessee V.O.L.S. Lead Program if they reside in states which have a reciprocal agreement with the University of Tennessee. For information on which states have these agreements, contact Pamela Angelle at

Admission Decisions

Following interviews, the admission board will forward a recommendation to the program coordinator regarding an offer of admission to the V.O.L.S. Lead program. Offers of admission will be forwarded by May 15.

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