School Leadership

The School of Education of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies at UTC offers five School Leadership programs. There are two concentrations in the M.Ed. in School Leadership: the Principal Licensure concentration and the Teacher Leadership concentration.  The department also offers a Certificate in School Leadership and two Ed.S. degree options. An Education Specialist Degree is offered in School Leadership with a Tennessee Principal Endorsement, as well as an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership (without endorsement). We also offer a post-baccalaureate certificate in Instructional Coaching.  This 12-credit certificate is designed for those who wish to become instructional coaches, regardless of subject matter.

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 deadline to apply to the Graduate School for guaranteed consideration for FALL admission is June 14. Candidates are strongly encouraged to get application documents in much earlier if possible. See links to the left for application details.

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.

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