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Educational Specialist in Educational Administration

Program Details

The Educational Administration Program at The University of Tenneessee has been a leader in preparing PreK- 12 principals and school system leaders throughout East Tennessee and the southeastern United States. The Educational Administration Program is a founding member of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a consortium of leading research universities from across the nation that are actively engaged in the preparation of educational leaders. The programs are NCATE and SACS approved.

The EdS programs are typically two-year programs.  These programs are designed around the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Tennessee Instructional Leaders (TIL) standards.  The program experience culminates with the production of an electronic personal portfolio.  Upon completion of the program, students register for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) examination, required by the State of Tennessee for licensure.

All programs of study are designed as learning communities, following an open cohort model. This program models a learning community and encourages students to work collaboratively with faculty on research, conference presentations, and publication.  The EDAM faculty are a diverse group with interests in middle school education, educational policy, school improvement, school accountability, school leadership, teacher leadership, job satisfaction, and job burnout.


  • Graduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Documentation of teaching or related experience
  • Three recommendations

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)