Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Programs Available

Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership, concentration in Administration and Supervision
A program leading to an Education Specialist Degree with license in administration and supervision.

Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership, concentration in Teacher Leadership
A program leading to an Education Specialist Degree, non-licensure in Teacher Leadership.

Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) Major in Instructional Leadership with a Concentration in Administration and Supervision (Licensure Program) or a Concentration in Teacher Leadership (Non-Licensure Program)

COURSE OF STUDY FOR Ed.S. DEGREE MAJOR IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION (LICENSURE PROGRAM)


Total hours required for degree = 34. Students new to FHU are also required to take BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity, for a total of 37 hours.

I.  Prerequisite Only -- Credit Only to be Used for Admission to the Ed.S. Program

BIB 540  Introduction to Christianity  3 hours 
EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1
EDU 601* Foundations of School Administration and Supervision 3
    7 hours 
*Must be taken by students that do not hold an Instructional Leadership Licensure (ILL) as a prerequisite to program admission.


II.  Courses That Count Toward Licensure

EDU 610 Leadership Theories and Applications 3 hours
EDU 611 School Business Management 3
EDU 612

School & Community Relations

3
EDU 613  The Principalship 3              
EDU 614  Instructional Leadership Licensure Internship  
EDU 637 Data Analysis and School Improvement 3
    18 hours 

III.  Required Core**

EDU 621 Advanced Educational Leadership 3
EDU 622A Thesis Research and Planning 3
EDU 622B Thesis Preparation and Defense 3
EDU 630 Professionalism and Ethics 3
EDU 632  Research in Leadership 
EDU 637 Data Analysis and School Improvement 3
    15 hours 
**FHU is obligated to maintain compliance with the Instructional Leadership Licensure (ILL) requirements as established by the Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE). The TNDOE may change ILL requirements as directed by the appropriate oversight commissions at any time. FHU will make appropriate modifications to the curriculum based on the directives received by the TNDOE.

IV.  Additional Courses

EDU 618  Grant Writing in Education 3
EDU 620 Administrative Issues in Special Education  3
EDU 635 Advanced Legal Issues in School Administration  3
EDU 636 School Improvement 3
EDU 640 Facilities and Services 3
EDU 642 Advanced Technology for Educators  3
EDU 665          Organization and Administration of School Counseling Services 3               
EDU 685  Seminar in Professional Development  3             
     
Total Hours    34 hours 

Exit Requirements: Administration and Supervision (Licensure) Concentration

1. Successful completion of identified coursework with a 3.5 GPA and other requirements of the Ed.S. degree in Instructional Leadership with a Concentration in Administration and Supervision.
2. No more than six semester hours of grades of “C.”
3. Completion of all courses within six calendar years.
4. Completion of thesis.


Exit Requirements: Tennessee Instructional Leader Licensure (TILS)

Students wanting to complete requirements to be recommended for the Tennessee Instructional 
Leader Licensure (TILS) must meet the following criteria to be admitted as candidates for this 
Tennessee endorsement:
1. Master’s degree, usually in an education-related area.
2. Three years of verified teaching experience with appropriate licensure. Those teaching on temporary or alternative license, or who have taught in higher education without teaching licensure, must provide documentation of experience before beginning the program.
3. Complete the same entrance and exit requirements as listed for the M.Ed. degree in Administration and Supervision. More specifically, licensure only students must meet the same candidacy requirements as all graduates seeking the Instructional Leadership Licensure (ILL). The program of study for licensure must be completed within three (3) years of enrolling in EDU 601 Foundations of School Administration and Supervision.


COURSE OF STUDY FOR Ed.S. DEGREE MAJOR IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN TEACHER LEADERSHIP (NON-LICENSURE PROGRAM)


Total hours required for degree = 37. Students new to FHU are also required to take BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity and EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies for a total of 37 hours.

I.  Prerequisite Courses

BIB 540  Introduction to Christianity  3 hours 
EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1
EDU 601 Foundations of School Administration and Supervision 3
    7 hours


II.  Required Core

EDU 602  Theories of Supervision  3 hours 
EDU 621 Advanced Educational Leadership 3
EDU 622A Thesis Research and Planning 3
EDU 622B Thesis Preparation and Defense 3
EDU 630 Professionalism and Ethics 3
EDU 632  Research in Leadership 
EDU 634  Seminar in Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Education 
EDU 635  Advanced Legal Issues 
EDU 638 Instructional Design and Improvement 3
EDU 642 Advanced Technology for Educators 
    30 hours
Total Hours    37 hours 


Exit Requirements: Instructional Leadership (Non-Licensure) Concentration

1. Successful completion of identified coursework with a 3.5 GPA and other requirements of 
the Ed.S. degree in Instructional Leadership with a Concentration in Instructional Leadership.
2. No more than six (6) semester hours of grades of “C”.
3. Completion of all courses within six (6) calendar years.
4. Completion of thesis.