Course Requirements (K-12)

Administration and Supervision, K-12 Public School Specialization, M.Ed.

James Huffman, Program Director
(615) 898-2855
Marvin Peyton, Off-Campus Coordinator
(615) 898-5710  

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers the Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with majors in Administration and Supervision as well as Curriculum and Instruction and the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with majors in Administration and Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction, and Professional Counseling.

The M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision offers concentrations in Library Science and Agricultural Education Leadership as well as specializations in K-12 public school, higher education, and a nonlicensure program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision with a specialization in K-12 public school requires

  1. a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test, the Graduate Record Examination, or the Praxis II (Principles of Learning and Teaching) or a valid Tennessee Teacher license;
  2. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  3. teacher licensure-the licensure requirements will be waived for the higher education specialization and under other special circumstances.

Students pursuing an M.Ed. degree must be fully admitted by the Educational Leadership Graduate Admissions Board prior to the completion of their initial semester of coursework.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official transcripts of previous college work;
  3. submit three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's potential for completing the Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision;
  4. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a copy of the teaching license.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 33 semester hours. No more than 30 percent of the total degree hours may be dually listed as undergraduate/graduate hours (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the semester of graduation (exam may be retaken once).

Curriculum: Administration and Supervision, K-12 Public School

Candidate must complete 33 hours in the following course of study:

Required Courses (33 hours)


  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3 credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

  • FOED 6030 - School and Community Relations

    3 credit hours

    The reciprocal relationship of the two and the skills necessary for analyzing problems and utilizing data and technical skills in planning effective school-community relations programs.

  • SPSE 6040 - Supervision of Instruction

    3 credit hours

    Development and purposes of supervision involving principles and techniques for organization and facilitation of programs at the school and system level.

  • SPSE 6050 - Instructional Leadership

    3 credit hours

    Research on student learning, effective teaching, and effective schools. Attention given to processes for promoting school improvement.

  • SPSE 6340 - School Finance  3 credit hours  

    SPSE 6340 - School Finance

    3 credit hours

    State, local, and federal financing of education; includes taxation trends, school funds, and apportionment; evaluation of equalization plans; state bond loan programs; development and administration of school budgets; education and economy.

  • SPSE 6390 - School Law  3 credit hours  

    SPSE 6390 - School Law

    3 credit hours

    Legal framework within which public schools operate. Special attention given to the legal rights and liabilities of school personnel and school board members. School laws, case laws, constitutional provisions, attorneys' general rulings, and regulations of the State Board of Education emphasized.

  • SPSE 6400 - The Principalship

    3 credit hours

    Organization and administration of the modern K-12 school with emphasis on current practices and problems.

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3 credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

  • SPSE 6550 - Supervised Field Experience

    3 or 6 credit hours

    Designed to provide direct field experience in appropriate areas of school operation which will meet specific needs related to such individual matters as career plans, position changes (principals, supervisors, superintendent, curriculum directors,librarians, etc.), or needed competencies. May be repeated up to a maximum of six hours.

  • SPSE 6560 - Studies in Education: Supervision

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Individual or small group study and/or research in the area of supervision of instruction. To be based on individual needs and structured by teacher. Repeatable up to six hours.


Completion of this program will meet course requirements for Tennessee administration licensure. Additional state requirements must be met. In addition to completion of courses, students must pass the SLLA Praxis Examination to complete state licensure requirements.

This program is offered only in the off-campus cohort format. For further information contact the Womack Family Educational Leadership office prior to starting the program.

Program Notes

Students taking courses for licensure renewal, add-on endorsements, or "plus 30" upgrade on teacher licensure should register as non-degree-seeking students. Students enrolling in 6000-level courses must hold a bachelor's degree, and students enrolling in 7000-level courses must hold a master's degree. Non-degree-seeking students cannot register for 7000-level courses without departmental permission.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to admission into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester in which the student intends to graduate.