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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership and Policy Studies - School Administration and Supervision Concentration, (MS)

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Master of Science (MS)

The Department offers the Master of Science degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with concentrations in (1) School Administration and Supervision, a Scholars II Program in Instructional Leadership—a program leading to licensure as a school leader, (2) Leadership, and (3) Student Personnel.

Program Admission

  1. Each applicant must submit a completed application packet to the University Graduate School that includes:
    1. A completed admissions application
    2. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate courses.
  2. In addition to the University Graduate School application packet above, each applicant to the M.S. School Administration and Supervision (SAS) concentration must submit a portfolio to the Department of Leadership that includes:

    1. Letter of application

    2. Professional resume

    3. Three letters of professional recommendation on letterhead

    4. A brief statement of professional goals

    5. Evidence of current teacher certification and examples of students’ work

    6. A personal interview preceded by a writing sample will be scheduled with each applicant and an admission decision will be made following the personal interview. The decision will be based on a holistic profile that includes, but is not limited to, information contained in the completed application packet described above and obtained during the personal interview. Interested applicants are required to contact the departmental office to obtain admission forms and a more complete statement of admission guidelines and requirements for a Tennessee administrative license. All students seeking licensure must take the appropriate state-required examination at the conclusion of their program. The deadline for submission of all application material is the 3rd Friday in February for the summer semester, the 3rd Friday in June for the fall semester, and the 3rd Friday in September for the spring semester.

Students completing the MS in Leadership and Policy Studies will: (1) have developed their skills in leadership, change, policy formulation, the student’s program and stewardship of a vision of effectiveness that is shared by others in the organization; (2) have had opportunities to analyze data and its relationship to organizational effectiveness; (3) have concentrated their studies in (a) School Administration and Supervision, (b) Leadership, or (c) Student Personnel (MS only); and (4) have concentrated their studies in an area of specialization.

All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admission Regulations , Academic Regulations , and Minimum Degree Requirements for Graduate Academic Programs ) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required of all students to obtain the master’s degree.
  2. Students will take 9 hours of the departmental core: LEAD 7000 , LEAD 7100 , and EDPR 7521 ; and 27 other hours of approved courses in their concentration.
  3. The following policies in the Department of Leadership are exceptions to the policies of the Graduate School:
  4. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit can be counted toward the concentration in School Administration and Supervision.
  5. A maximum of six (6) hours of course work can be validated in the concentration in School Administration and Supervision.

School Administration and Supervision Concentration:

A minimum of 27 semester hours and a portfolio are required for the School Administration and Supervision (SAS) Concentration. A minimum of a “B” grade must be earned in all courses on the program of study. The following courses are required for the MS in SAS Concentration:

Administration/Supervision Licensure Program:

The department maintains a program leading to licensure for students holding an appropriate master’s degree

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