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UT Martin master's program in educational leadership receives Tennessee Department of Education approval


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Education recently elevated the University of Tennessee at Martin’s online master’s degree program in educational leadership to full approval status after the program met or exceeded expectations on all review indicators.

Students wishing to earn a Master of Science in Education, with a major in educational leadership, must have already received a bachelor’s degree, hold a valid teaching license and have a minimum of three years of successful work experience in the education field. Obtaining a master’s degree allows candidates to complete licensure requirements for an instructional leadership license – beginner (ILL-B).

The master’s degree program includes a three-hour course in models of instruction, curriculum development and advanced teaching; 27 hours of leadership concentration coursework; and a three-hour course in clinical supervision. All coursework is accessible online.

Teachers who already hold master’s degrees but wish to pursue the additional endorsement in educational leadership must meet the university’s requirements for conditional or non-conditional admission and complete 24 hours of coursework.

All students wishing to be recommended for the ILL-B must also pass the Educational Testing Service’s Praxis school leadership series, “School Leaders Licensure Assessment.” A final portfolio project is also required.

Obtaining an ILL-B is vital for those who wish to pursue careers as school principals, assistant principals or supervisors of instruction.

This approval follows the university’s receiving Tennessee’s only U.S. Department of Education teacher education grant in 2014, which totaled $3.3 million.

UT Martin is accredited by the Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. UT Martin's education curriculum is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP).

For more information, contact the Department of Educational Studies at 731-881-7128 or email Kristy Crawford, coordinator, at



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