M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Coursework

Candidates seeking the Master of Education in Educational Leadership will take the following 18 credit hours of major coursework in addition to 15 hours of leadership core coursework for a total of 33 hours.


EG 5483 LFL1: Instructional Leadership (3)

The course will focus learning on leadership practices which drive student achievement in schools. Students will learn how school leaders can analyze and use data (formative and summative) to make appropriate decisions. Students will analyze simulated TVAAS data to derive outcomes and make plans for next steps to ensure progress and growth. Student will also learn how to establish, maintain and lead professional learning communities within the school for the specific purpose of improving student achievement. Ed.S. sections have additional course objectives.

EG 5493 LFL2: Evaluating Instructional Practice (3)

Students will learn how to identify, evaluate and promote effective instructional practice. Research based instructional practices will be discussed in conjunction with how to recognize effective teaching as measured by student outcomes and state approved teacher evaluation models. Students will learn how to provide high quality feedback and encourage reflective practices from the roles of evaluator, mentor and coach. Students will learn how to support teachers in the change process through collaborative conversations, student data and instruction for growth. Ed.S. sections have additional course objectives.

EG 5551 ORG1: Crucial Communications (1)

This course will focus on a leader’s personal communication style and how it impacts effective communication within a learning community. Students will explore the relationship between communication and decision making that is both valid and transparent from the stakeholder perspective. Students will define their personal communication style, decision-making style and create an effective communications plan that addresses a specific school need and allows response to stakeholder concerns. Students will be introduced to field work and partnered with a mentor. Ed.S. sections have additional course objectives. 

EG 5562 ORG2: Political Implications in Education (2)

This course will focus on the different political structures in place that exist to support schools. Students will learn a myriad of ways that political involvement can support student success. Students will be required to collaborate with a mentor practitioner. Ed.S. sections have additional course objectives. 

EG 5583 ORG5: School Resource Management (3)

This course will address the educational leader’s role in managing resources. Students will learn federal, state and local requirements for ethical management of all educational fiscal resources including the creation and implementation of budgets. Additionally, students will explore other funding sources such as grants, donations and fundraisers. Attention will be given to the relationship between resource management and academic achievement. Students will be required to collaborate with a practicing mentor during this course. Ed.S. sections have additional course objectives.

EG 5653 SPR2: Intro to Educational Research (3)

This course will provide an introduction to empirical research within the field of education. Students will exhibit an understanding of educational research skills in design, methodology and basic statistical analysis. Emphasis will be placed on helping students locate, understand and apply educational research in practice. Students will implement learned skills to identify a project topic and complete a review of related literature. In some programs, students will be required to further develop the topic into an action research or specialized field project. Students in these programs will implement the project, analyze data, draw conclusions, construct recommendations, and formally present findings in subsequent course work and/or independent program requirements. This course serves as a prerequisite for EG 5663 or EG 6903. Ed.S. sections have additional course objectives.

ICM 5003 Survey of Conflict Management (3)

This course is designed to offer a basic introduction to the concepts, instruments, functions and theories of modern conflict management techniques. The purpose of this introduction is to provide some of the information needed to better understand the basic personal, organizational, legal and practical problems facing the world of economic interaction today. First, we will begin with a discussion of interpersonal conflict and its causes. Second, we will look at various forms of business conflict and the legal system’s impact on them. Third, we will examine the process of negotiation and the skill set required to successfully engage in problem solving. Finally, today’s legal system and its provisions for court annexed dispute resolution will be examined in terms of the opportunities to overcome systemic obstacles to resolution. 

A passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (Praxis 6011) for Tennessee licensure is a requirement for graduation from this program