Master of Education: Educational Leadership K-12

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare school leaders. The program courses and experiences prepare candidates to take the School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA). A passing score on this national test prior to awarding the degree is required by the state.

The design of the M.Ed. program in educational leadership for on-campus and off-campus classes includes 30 semester hours over a 15-month period. The delivery system format includes a variety of instructional strategies including lecture, group projects, small group discussions, technology presentations, guest speakers, field trips, and instructor-student interactions. To meet the requirements of the Tennessee State Board of Education, Trevecca must have an agreement with the Tennessee school districts from which applicants are selected.

In addition to the general admissions requirements, the specific admission requirements for applicants for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree are as follows:

  1. Submit verification of three years of successful teaching experience through references by school administrator.
  2. Submit written response to questions regarding (a) applicant's leadership background and goals and (b) applicant's methods for assessing student learning.
  3. Submit school administrator recommendation form which can be obtained through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

See also the general admission requirements for this program. Graduates from this program may qualify for the Instructional Leadership License (ILL-B).

Program of Study for Educational Leadership

Core courses in the Preferred Sequence:

EDU 6001Field Experience I for School Leaders

1

EDU 6010Leadership for Instructional Effectiveness

3

EDU 6020Decision Making for Instructional Improvement

3

EDU 6002Field Experience II for School Leaders

1

EDU 6030Curriculum for Instructional Leaders

3

EDU 6035Law, Ethics, and Politics for School Leaders

3

EDU 6003Field Experience III for School Leaders

1

EDU 6040Valuing Diversity for School Effectiveness

3

EDU 6045Assessing Learning for School Improvement

3

EDU 6004Field Experience IV for School Leaders

1

EDU 6015Technology for Instructional Leaders

3

EDU 6025Using Research and Data for Improved Student Learning

3

EDU 6050Summative Assessment Seminar for School Leaders

2

Total Credit Hours:30

EDU 6001, EDU 6002, EDU 6003, and EDU 6004: Includes a field experience. Field experiences and clinical practice provide evidence that students are learning when being taught by candidates.

In order to demonstrate leadership practices that facilitate student achievement, candidates are required to complete field experience courses.

Licensure-only in Educational Leadership

This non-degree offering is available to individuals who hold an education-related master’s degree. 

The program consists of 24 hours as follows.

EDU 6001Field Experience I for School Leaders

1

EDU 6010Leadership for Instructional Effectiveness

3

EDU 6020Decision Making for Instructional Improvement

3

EDU 6002Field Experience II for School Leaders

1

EDU 6030Curriculum for Instructional Leaders

3

EDU 6035Law, Ethics, and Politics for School Leaders

3

EDU 6003Field Experience III for School Leaders

1

EDU 6040Valuing Diversity for School Effectiveness

3

EDU 6045Assessing Learning for School Improvement

3

EDU 6005Field Experience V for School Leaders

1

EDU 6050Summative Assessment Seminar for School Leaders

2

Total Credit Hours:24

EDU 6001, EDU 6002, EDU 6003, and EDU 6005: Includes a required field experience. Field experiences provide evidence that students are learning when being taught by candidates. In order to participate in mandatory experiences, all candidates will be required to undergo a background check and be fingerprinted, at their own expense, prior to beginning the first class.

A passing score on the SLLA exam, submitted to TNU, is required prior to awarding of degree and recommendation for licensure.

Salary and Licensure Requirement: The State requires instructional leadership licensure, along with the required coursework, to grant the master's degree. Trevecca will post conferral of a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership upon the receipt of a score of 160 or better on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment. It is the candidate's responsibility to provide Trevecca with a copy of his or her SLLA score.

Instructional Leadership License - Beginning (ILL-B)

Requirements for the Instructional Leadership License - Beginning for the state of Tennessee include:

  1. Complete required coursework in Educational Leadership.
  2. Pass State required test (School Leaders Licensure Assessment – PRAXIS 6011) with a minimum score of 160.
  3. Submit a copy of test score to School of Education.
  4. The Instructional Leadership License - Beginning (graduate of Trevecca) is responsible for contacting the Dean of the School of Education to set up a professional plan for moving from ILL-B to ILL-P.
  5. The Instructional Leadership License - Beginning must submit appropriate forms to State Department of Education to verify advancement to ILL-P.

Instructional Leadership License - Professional (ILL-P)

Candidates for licensure from the State of Tennessee must meet specific requirements to obtain ILL-P:

  1. The ILL-P must hold the ILL-B and have completed three years as an instructional leader according to State of Tennessee Guidelines.
  2. The ILL-B (graduate of Trevecca) is responsible for contacting the dean of the School of Education to set up a professional plan for moving from ILL-B to ILL-P.
  3. ILL-B must submit appropriate forms to the State Department of Education to verify ILL-P.