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FHU Instructional Leader Program Gets State Approval

Henderson, Tenn. - Mar 12, 2015

The Tennessee State Board of Education approved Freed-Hardeman University’s instructional leader preparation program at its Jan. 30, 2015, meeting. Dr. Sharen Cypress, dean of the FHU College of Education, received the notification this week in a letter from Paul Fleming, interim assistant commissioner.

FHU received Expectation Exceeded or Expectation Met on all indicators. Full approval was extended for the next seven years. A total of 16 programs in the state received full approval. Prior to this time, all of Tennessee’s instructional leader preparation programs had been operating under conditional approval.

Last summer, the programs submitted evidence demonstrating their alignment with the four key sections of the Learning Centered Leadership Policy: partnership with local education agencies, candidate selection, curriculum and practicum.  A team chosen by the Tennessee Department of Education reviewed the submitted materials and recommended a course of action.

Freed-Hardeman offers a Master of Education and the Education Specialist degrees in instructional leadership in two concentrations, one leading to licensure in administration and supervision and one with a teacher leadership concentration. Dr. Jeffrey Cozzens directs the program. Additional information about the program is available at fhu.edu/GradEducation. Courses are available at FHU locations in Henderson, Memphis and Dickson.