M.Ed. School Leadership: Principal Licensure

The M.Ed. School Leadership/Principal Licensure has been approved as a principal preparation program by the TN State Department of Education. It is an excellent program that strives to prepare teachers for future careers as school principals, curriculum leaders or other supervisors.

  • The program can be completed in as few as 5 semesters and requires 33 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.
  • A field experience requirement of approximately 450 hours is required and is completed over the duration of the program.

A TN teaching certificate and three successful years teaching experience are required by the State for admission to principal licensure programs. In addition, two recommendations, a portfolio and an interview are required as part of the application process. 

Portfolio/Interview Requirements: Candidates are required to submit a portfolio and participate in an interview as part of the admission process. The portfolio is to include the following and is to be submitted to the program coordinator. 

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. A copy of the candidate’s most recent performance appraisal.
  3. A current professional development plan.
  4. A personal statement of career goals and how the preparation program would assist the candidate in reaching the stated goals.
  5. Successful completion of an interview that addresses learning strategies, human relations skills, data-driven decision making, and high ethical standards.
  6. Two completed reference/recommendation forms which confirm the following: 
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement and also demonstrated leadership in coaching other teachers to raise student achievement; 
  • Evidence of knowledge about curriculum, instruction and assessment;
  • Evidence that describes qualities of collaboration, cooperation and relationships; 
  • Demonstration of effective oral and written communications skills.

EDAS 5010: Methods of Educational Research

3cr

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: Management of the School

3cr

EDAS 5810: Ethics, Advocacy and Advanced Law

3cr

EDAS 5820: Practicum in School Leadership

3cr

EDAS 5900: Capstone

3cr

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


To request more information about our School Leadership programs, please fill out this inquiry form.