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 use simulated TVAAS data, place on a matrix to view achievement and growth 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 community for the specific purpose of improving student achievement.

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. Prospective leaders 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.

EG 5553 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. This course will also serve as an introduction to courses in Strand IV Organizational Leadership. Students will be introduced to fieldwork and partnered with a mentor.

EG 5563 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.

EG 5573 ORG3/4: Human Capital and Operations Management (3)

Students will learn the basics of resource management in this course. Focusing on recruiting, hiring, and retaining top staff, students will gain a greater understanding of the role of people, positions, and roles within a successful organization. Students will learn about the importance of intentional, diverse hiring practices. Students will also work collaboratively with a field mentor to learn essential operating procedures of the physical plant and its relationship to student achievement. Students will learn how to assess physical plant needs, establish and maintain a safe and clean environment, and record proper documentation for all physical plant matters. Prospective leaders will understand, assess, develop, and implement crisis management plans. Attention will also be given to the leader’s role in technology access for student learning and student transportation.

EG 5583 ORG5: School Resource Management (3)

This course focuses on an educational leader’s role in managing resources. Creating and implementing budgets at the school and district level will be explored. Students will learn federal, state, and local requirements for ethical management of all educational fiscal resources. Additionally, students will understand other funding sources: grants, donations, fundraisers, etc. Attention will be given to the relationship between resource management and academic achievement.

EG 5663 SPR2: Specialized Field Project (Specialty area) (3)

This course serves as the culminating experience for specialized field projects in Educational Leadership. A Specialized Field Project is conducted by the student throughout the Educational Leadership program and completed in this course.  Students will submit a final paper to the instructor and make a formal oral presentation to cohort participants, faculty, and other members of the graduate school community.

Prerequisite: EG 5653 Intro to Educational Research or approved course

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