The School of Education of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies at UTC offers five unique School Leadership programs. There are three concentrations in the M.Ed. in School Leadership: the Principal Licensure concentration, the Teacher Leadership concentration and the Reading Specialist concentration. The department also offers a Certificate in School Leadership and an Ed.S. in Principal Licensure for individuals who already hold the master’s degree in a related field and wish to pursue a TN endorsement as a principal/supervisor.
The M.Ed. in School Leadership/Principal Licensure concentration, the Ed.S. and the Certificate in School Leadership are designed for teachers who aspire to become school principals, assistant principals, supervisors, or central office personnel. Courses are aligned directly with the Tennessee Learning Centered Leadership System standards for Tennessee Instructional Leadership. Upon completion of the program and a passing score on the State exam for principal licensure, each leads to a TN endorsement as a “principal/supervisor”.
The M.Ed. in School Leadership/Teacher Leadership concentration is designed for experienced teachers who want to remain in the classroom and exercise leadership through school-wide collaboration, mentoring new teachers, departmental or grade-level leadership, leading professional development, and the improvement of curriculum and instructional strategies. This degree does not lead to an additional license endorsement.
The M.Ed. in School Leadership/Reading Specialist concentration is designed for experienced teachers who seek advanced expertise in literacy and related instructional and assessment strategies. This program was previously known as the Master’s in Elem/Sec. Ed: Reading Specialist. Upon program completion, successful scores on the appropriate state exam and three successful years teaching experience, it can lead to TN endorsement as a “Reading Specialist”.
The deadline to apply to the Graduate School for guaranteed consideration for FALL admission is June 15. Portfolios for the Principal Licensure concentrations and additional
documents for the Teacher Leadership concentration are to be turned into 312 Hunter
to Ms. Doris Roensch by June 15. These are deadlines: candidates are strongly encouraged
to get application documents in much earlier if possible. See links to the left for
The Principal Licensure and Teacher Leadership concentrations are designed to begin in the fall semester. If you wish to begin in summer you may do so but it will not accelerate your graduation date. The deadline to apply to the Graduate School for guaranteed consideration for SUMMER admission is March 22. Portfolios are to be turned into 312 Hunter to Ms. Doris Roensch by April 1. These are deadlines: candidates are strongly encouraged to get application documents in much earlier if possible.
The Reading Specialist concentration can be started any semester. The above deadlines apply.