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Certificate in School Leadership/Principal Licensure

 

The School of Education of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies offers a School Leadership Certificate Program for post-master’s students seeking an endorsement as a principal.  The certificate program builds on the foundation of courses taken in a previous graduate degree, and focuses on leadership for school improvement that will result in higher levels of learning for all students. The program has been approved as a principal preparation program by the TN State Department of Education. 

Coursework and field experiences are aligned with Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards and synthesized in the final practicum course.  It is expected that students will complete the program and the 450 hour field experience requirement while employed as a teacher. The certificate is in compliance with the 2009 “Tennessee Learning Centered Leadership Policy” and the successful program finisher will meet all requirements for a principal/supervisor endorsement in the state of Tennessee. Approval in Georgia is pending.

  • A teaching certificate and three successful years teaching experience are required by the State for admission to principal licensure programs.
  • The program can be completed in as few as 5 semesters and requires 21-27 graduate credits
  • Students typically progress through the program as a cohort, with new cohorts beginning every August. Admission will be considered for spring and summer terms, however, core courses are only offered once a year.
  • Courses are fully aligned with the TN Instructional Leadership Standards (2009)
  • Most courses are delivered in a ‘hybrid’ format, meaning some face to face and some on-line instruction.
  • A field experience requirement of approximately 450 hours is required and is completed over the duration of the program

Required courses are listed below.

EDAS 5630: School Law

3cr

EDAS 5710: Leadership for School Improvement

3cr

EDAS 5730: School Culture and Climate

3cr

EDAS 5740: *Curriculum Leadership

3cr

EDAS 5750: Instructional Leadership and Assessment

3cr

EDAS 5760: Development of Human Capital in Schools

3cr

EDAS 5770: Managment of the School

3cr

EDAS 5810: Ethics, Advocacy and Advanced Law

3cr

EDAS 5820: Practicum in School Leadership

3cr

*EDAS 5740 is required is the student has not taken a curriculum 
development course in a previous graduate program. 

 

 

A passing score on the State exam (SLLA) is required as a condition of program completion

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