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Master of Science in Educational Administration

Program Details

The Educational Administration Program 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 M.S. program is designed to prepare aspiring school principals and supervisors for certification and for their initial administrative assignment.

All masters and specialist in education coursework will be delivered in an online format through distance education. The two-year program, designed as a learning community, combines evening and summer classes with on-the-job internship activities organized around real school problems.

The desired outcome of the program is to produce thoughtful principal and supervisory practitioners with the skills and scholarship to provide quality leadership to the organizations they serve. Graduates are expected to have a vision of quality education combined with good leadership skills to lead our schools in the twenty-first century.

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. The programs faculty model this learning community and encourage 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.


  • Transcripts
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher for undergraduate work, or 3.2 or higher for prior graduate work
  • Teacher or school-related licensure
  • Have, or will have, by program completion three years teaching experience or experience working in schools
  • Interview with an admission committee
  • Three recommendations

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)