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					                                 AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
                                     MASTER IN EDUCATION
                                      EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
                                   Advisor: Dr. Gary Stewart - 931-221- 6782

This performance-based curriculum for prospective school administrators is based on the Tennessee
Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS) developed by the Tennessee Department of Education and enacted
into law by the Tennessee General Assembly and initiated in September 2009 in all Tennessee Principal
(instructional leadership) Licensing Programs. This program is designed to prepare candidates for educational
administrative positions. The program is designed to be taken by cohort groups. EDUC 5710 Introduction to
School Leadership (3) must be taken in the first semester of enrollment. Upon completion of the program and
the SLLA PRAXIS exams, the student will receive a Master of Arts in Education and be eligible for licensure
as a Tennessee school administrator.

   Undergraduate GPA of 2.75

       Official scores on the General test of the Graduate Record Examination with minimum 143 verbal and 140
        quantitative scores

       Acquire a letter of support from two practicing administrators who agree to mentor the aspiring
        administrator throughout the program.

       Three years successful teaching experience

       Participate in a program entrance interview

       Complete an On-Demand writing Assignment.

       Submit a portfolio containing:

            o   Formal Evaluations (3)
            o   Philosophy of Education
            o   Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
            o   Valid Tennessee Teaching License


Degree:         Master of Arts in Education (M.A. Ed.)
Major:          Educational Leadership


 Educ 5612 Instructional Technology for School Leaders (3)
 Educ 5700 Seminar in Leadership (3)
 Educ 5710 Introduction to School Leadership (3)
 Educ 5720 Research and Decision Making (3)
 Educ 5730 Schools and Community Relations (3)
 Educ 5740 Supervision of Instruction (3)
 Educ 5750 School Finance and Business Management (3)
 Educ 5760 Human Resource Administration and Supervision (3)
 Educ 5770 Administration of Special Services Program (3)
 Educ 5780 School Law and Ethics (3)
                                    AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
                                        MASTER IN EDUCATION
                                        EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
                                     Advisor: Dr. Gary Stewart - 931-221- 6782

Additional Requirements for Licensure:
School Leader Licensure Assessment – Test Code 1010

Courses with Prerequisites:
EDUC 5710 and 5720 are prerequisites for other courses.

Milestone Review:
Students must complete three milestones while completing this program. Milestone I will be completed while
in the first term of enrollment. Milestone II must be completed before enrolling capstone course. Milestone III
occurs at graduation.

Capstone Course:
Educ 5790 – School Leadership Practicum II is the capstone course for this program and must be taken the last
term of enrollment. It is offered fall and spring semesters as it requires interaction in the local schools.
Milestone II is prerequisite.

Research Plan I:

        A.       Research Foundations/Methods course from a graduate course, with the minimum of one
                 advisor/teacher to oversee.
        B.       Program Portfolio reviewed by graduate committee

Portfolio Requirement:

Rather than completing comprehensive exams, candidates will complete a LiveText portfolio based on the
standards on the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards

                              MASTERS IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

                             AND PORTFOLIO REVIEW

TILS Standards                                    COURSES         KEY ASSESSMENT            PORTFOLIO
Standard A: Continuous Improvement               EDUC 5710        Examination and             M III
                                                 EDUC 5720        Assessment of School
Implements a systematic, coherent approach       EDUC 5730        Improvement Planning
to bring about the continuous growth in the      EDUC 5740        Process
academic achievement of all students

    1. Engages the education stakeholders
    in developing a school vision, mission,
    and goals that emphasize learning for
    all students and is consistent with that
    of the school district;
    2. Facilitates the implementation of
                                     AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
                                         MASTER IN EDUCATION
                                         EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
                                      Advisor: Dr. Gary Stewart - 931-221- 6782

    clear goals, strategies, and timelines to
    carry out the vision and mission that
    emphasize learning for all students and
    keeps those goals in the forefront of the
    school’s attention;
    3. Creates and sustains an
    organizational structure that supports
    school vision, mission, and goals that
    emphasize learning for all students;
    4. Facilitates the development,
    implementation, evaluation, and
    revision of data informed school-wide
    improvement plans for the purpose of
    continuous school improvement;
    5. Develops collaborations with
    parent/guardians, community agencies
    and school system leaders in the
    implementation of continuous
    6. Communicates and operates from a
    strong belief that all students can
    achieve academic success.

Standard B: Culture for Teaching and              EDUC 5710        Action Research          M III
Learning                                          EDUC 5740        Project
                                                  EDUC 5770        Development of a 3 day
Creates a school culture and climate based        EDUC 5780        Staff Development Plan
on high expectations conductive to the
success of all students

    1. Develops and sustains a school
    culture based on ethics, diversity,
    equity, and collaboration;
    2. Advocates, nurtures, and leads a
    culture conducive to student learning;
    3. Develops and sustains a safe, secure
    and disciplined learning environment;
    4. Models and communicates to staff,
    students, and parents self-discipline and
    engagement in life-long learning;
    5. Facilitates and sustains a culture that
    protects and maximizes learning time;
    6. Develops leadership teams, designed
    to share responsibilities and ownership
    to meet the school’s vision;
    7. Demonstrates and understanding of
    change processes and the ability to lead
    the implementation of productive
    changes in the school;
    8. Leads the school community in
    building relationships that result in a
    productive learning environment;
    9. Encourages and leads challenging,
    research-based changes;
    10. Establishes and cultivates strong,
    supportive family connections;
                                      AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
                                          MASTER IN EDUCATION
                                          EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
                                       Advisor: Dr. Gary Stewart - 931-221- 6782

    11. Recognizes and celebrates school
    accomplishments and addresses
    12. Establishes effective lines of
    communication with teachers, parents,
    students and stakeholders;
    13. Recruits, hires, and retains teachers
    whose values and instructional
    frameworks align with the school’s

Standard C: Instructional Leadership               EDUC 5612        Technology Plan         M III
and Assessment                                     EDUC 5720        Action Research
                                                   EDUC 5740        Project
Facilitates instructional practices that are                        School Business
based on assessment data and continually                            Management Plan
improve student learning                                            Human Resource
                                                                    Research Paper
    1. Leads a systematic process of student
    assessment and program evaluation
    using qualitative and quantitative data;
    2. Leads the professional learning
    community in analyzing and improving
    curriculum and instruction;
    3. Ensures accessibility to a rigorous
    curriculum and the supports necessary
    for all students to meet high
    4. Recognizes literacy and numeracy
    are essential for learning and ensures
    they are embedded in all subject areas;
    5. Uses research-based best practice in
    the development, design, monitoring
    and implementation of curriculum,
    instruction, and assessment;
    6. Monitors and evaluates the school’s
    curricular program for rigor;
    7. Provides teachers and parents with
    assessment results on a regular basis;
    8. Develops and implements a system
    to regularly communicate student
    academic progress and assessment
    results to parents, students and teachers.

Standard D: Professional Growth                    EDUC 5730        Public Relations or     M III
                                                   EDUC 5740        Communications Plan
Improves student learning and achievement          EDUC 5750        Human Resource
by developing and sustaining high quality          EDUC 5760        Research Paper
professional development                                            Special Education Law
         1. Systematically supervises and                           Administrator
         evaluates faculty and staff;                               Interviews
         2. Promotes, facilitates and
         evaluates professional
         3. Models continuous learning and
                                    AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
                                        MASTER IN EDUCATION
                                        EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
                                     Advisor: Dr. Gary Stewart - 931-221- 6782

         engages in personal professional
         4. Provides leadership
         opportunities for the professional
         learning community and mentors
         aspiring leaders;
         5. Works in collaboration with the
         school community to align high
         quality professional development
         with the school’s improvement
         plan to impact student learning;
         6. Provides faculty and staff with
         the resources necessary for the
         successful execution of their jobs.

Standard E: Management of the School             EDUC 5612        Action Research       M III
                                                 EDUC 5710        Project
Facilitates learning and teaching through the    EDUC 5750        Human Resource
effective use of resources                       EDUC 5760        Research Paper
                                                 EDUC 5780
         1. Establishes a set of standard
         operating procedures and routines
         that are understood and followed
         by all staff;
         2. Focuses daily operation on the
         academic achievement of all
         3. Garners and employs resources
         to achieve the school’s mission;
         4. Prepares and regularly monitors
         an annual operational budget that
         aligns with the school’s
         improvement plan;
         5. Mobilizes community resources
         to support the school’s mission;
         6. Identifies potential problems and
         is strategic in planning proactive
         7. Implements a shared
         understanding of resource
         management based upon equity,
         integrity, fairness, and ethical
         8. Develops a comprehensive
         strategy for positive community
         and media relations.

Standard F: Ethics                               EDUC 5700                              M III
                                                 EDUC 5710        Reflection on an
Facilitates continuous improvement in            EDUC 5780        Ethical Situational
student achievement through processes that                        Vignette
meet the highest ethical standards and
promote advocacy including political action
when appropriate
                                     AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
                                         MASTER IN EDUCATION
                                         EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
                                      Advisor: Dr. Gary Stewart - 931-221- 6782

    1. Performs all professional
    responsibilities with integrity and
    2. Models and adheres to a professional
    code of ethics and values;
    3. Makes decisions within an ethical
    context and respecting the dignity of
    4. Advocates to district and state-level
    decision-makers when educational,
    social or political changes are necessary
    to improve learning for students;
    5. Makes decisions that are in the best
    interests of students and aligned with
    the vision of the school;
    6. Considers legal, moral, and ethical
    implications when making decisions;
    7. Acts in accordance with federal and
    state constitutional provisions, statutory
    standards and regulatory applications.

Standard G: Diversity                             EDUC 5700        Special Education Law    M III
                                                  EDUC 5770        Paper
Responds to and influences the larger             EDUC 5780
personal, political, social, economic, legal                       School Law Case Briefs
and cultural context in the classroom,
school, and the community while addressing
diverse student needs to ensure the success
of all students

    1. Develops and implements an
    appropriate diversity policy involving
    the school community and stakeholders
    which encompasses program planning
    and assessment efforts;
    2. Recruits, hires and retains a diverse
    3. Interacts effectively with diverse
    individuals and groups using a variety
    of interpersonal skills in any given
    4. Recognizes and addresses cultural,
    learning and personal differences as a
    basis for academic decision-making;
    5. Leads the faculty in engaging
    families/parents in the education of
    their children.

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