Programs of Study

ELPA offers three degrees the Master of Education, Educational Specialist, and the Doctor of Education.

Master's Program

The Master of Education program is designed to prepare educators and higher education staff for increased leadership roles within their organizations. 

The Administrative Endorsement concentration prepares individuals for beginning administrative positions at the campus or district level. Successful completion leads to Tennessee licensure as a Beginning Administrator. Entrance requirements include a bachelor's degree, teaching certificate, and three years of teaching experience. The culminating experience is a professional portfolio review.

The Student Personnel concentration prepares individuals who are in entry to mid-level positions at two and four year institutions of higher to increase their leadership skills while preparing them for the next step in their academic career. Entrance requirements include a bachelor's degree. The culminating project is a field or action research project.

Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist program is designed for educators already holding a Master's degree, but desiring more advanced preparation in educational leadership. The various concentration areas serve teachers who seek to improve their classroom leadership skills, teachers seeking initial administrative licensure, and teachers or administrators who already hold administrative licensure and seek further knowledge and skills related to school administration. For some students, the Ed. S. may be the terminal degree; for others, it may be an intermediary degree between the Master's and Doctorate. The program's culminating experience is an action research project conducted throughout the program of studies.

Concentration Areas:

  • Administrative Endorsement
  • Counselor Leadership
  • School System Leadership
  • Teacher Leadership

Doctor of Education

This terminal degree program is designed for students already holding a Master's or Specialist degree and seeking advanced knowledge and skills in educational leadership and research. It culminates with a research project reported in the form of a doctoral dissertation. The concentration areas serve those who seek greater knowledge related to educational leadership in the areas of Pre K-12, post-secondary, and the private sector.

Concentration Areas :

  • Postsecondary and Private Sector Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Administrative Endorsement