2022-23 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2022-23 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Leadership Concentration (5051)

The Master of Science in Education with a major in Instructional Leadership is available to individuals who obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and who are professionally licensed to teach. This degree allows the candidate to complete certification requirements for the beginning administrator as an initial step towards full credentialing as a professional administrator. According to current Tennessee State Board of Education policy, full credentialing and employment of principals/supervisors is a two-step process. The first step leads to licensure as a beginning administrator; the second step supports the professional development of the new administrator and leads to licensure as a professional administrator. This may be accomplished through a Standard Program or an Internship Program. It is important for the candidate to consult with the graduate coordinator/designee and/or adviser to identify the appropriate program to be pursued in preparing to be recommended for licensure.


The College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences is required to follow the directives of the State Department of Education, which has the authority to make changes in licensure standards. Students will need to consult their adviser for the specific changes to the standards in order to assure they meet the new licensure standards.

Portfolio Requirement

In addition to completing course requirements, the candidate is required to complete a satisfactory professional portfolio. Development of a portfolio provides each candidate opportunities for reflection and self-evaluation along with spotlighting skills and accomplishments that will be of interest to future employers.

Recommendation for Licensure

In order to be recommended for licensure as a beginning administrator at the end of the degree program, the State Department of Education stipulates that a candidate take and pass the state required test/assessment.

Note: Instructional Leadership License (ILL) is the administrator license issued to an individual who after September 15, 2009 is enrolled in and completes an approved graduate program in school leadership at a college/university with acceptable accreditation, holds a valid Tennessee teacher license, and has a minimum of three years of successful education work experience.

Note: Individuals currently holding a master’s degree may pursue an additional endorsement in Educational Leadership. For information regarding specific requirements, contact the graduate coordinator/designee.