College of Graduate Studies

Specialist in Education - Ed.S.

College of Education

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Admission Requirements


    Requirements for Admission in Full Standing (Licensure, Non-licensure, and Post-baccalaureate programs):

    1. An overall quality point average of 3.0 earned in a master's degree program from an accredited institution.
    2. Provide contact information for three references (name and email)
    3. International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement as required by the College of Graduate Studies.

    Additional Admission Requirements for Provisional Standing (Licensure, Non-Licensure, and Post baccalaureate programs):

    1. Provisional standing may be requested by departmental evaluation when the graduate GPA is lower than 3.0.  Teacher licensure standards may require a separate minimum GPA for licensure.
    2. To advance from provisional to full admission, a student must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA on the first nine (9) hours of graduate study.

    Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students (licensure, Non Licensure, and Post baccalaureate programs):

    1. International applicants must meet or exceed the minimum English Language Requirements as set by the College of Graduate Studies.


    Curriculum and Instruction Catalog

Counseling and Psychology

  • Admission Requirements


    An earned master's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Ed.S. program. The student seeking admission should have had previous experience appropriate to the proposed areas of specialization.


    1. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
    2. Satisfactory graduate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    3. Enough graduate training in psychology to do advanced graduate work in the chosen concentration.
    4. Three acceptable letters of recommendation for graduate study from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s professional qualities or potential for success as a graduate student.
    5. Successful interview with the faculty review committee with a focus on dispositional congruence, personal intent, and professional aspirations.
    6. While not required, an applicant may submit GRE General Test (GRE) scores for consideration to address their aptitude for graduate level academic work.

    Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission. Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of holistic factors, including an interview, letters of recommendation, academic history, and related work experience.

    Students may be admitted with provisional status if they do not meet all of the criteria above but do meet the minimum requirements of the graduate school and are approved for provisional status by the departmental admissions committee. Provisional status will limit students to a maximum of nine hours before the departmental admissions committee makes a recommendation for full admission. To advance from provisional to full admission a student must earn a 3.0 GPA on the nine semester hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.

    Evidence of English Language Proficiency

    All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to level 9 in FLS.

    Counseling and Psychology Catalog

Instructional Leadership

  • Admission Requirements


    1. A valid TN teaching license and three (2) years teaching experience required
    2. Successfully complete admission process for Tennessee Tech Graduate School
    3. Receive notification from Tennessee Tech Graduate School indicating full admission status and assignment of a T#
    4. Complete Declaration of Intent for INSL Program
    5. Complete Request for Disposition Assessments for INSL Program (INSL candidates do not need to submit three (3) letters of recommendation to the Graduate School)
    6. Receive notification from Tennessee Tech INSL Program unit indicating status of Intent
    7. Schedule INSL Program Interview and prepare INSL Program Portfolio to bring to Interview


    • Copy of TN State Department of Education Educators License Information page located at the following address:
    • Copy of most recent LEA Performance Appraisal Record
    • Copy of current Professional Development Plan (PD Plan/Future Growth Plan)
    • Copy of Experience Verification Form (signed by the appropriate LEA personnel)
    • Evidence of your ability to improve student achievement and of leadership demonstrated in coaching other teachers to raise student achievement (assessment scores, performance appraisals, etc.)
    • Letter (on system letterhead) from Director of LEA, or his/her designee, indicating support for the completion of all field experiences, internship, and culminating action research project required for the completion of the INSL program.


    • Official transcripts from your bachelor's and master's institutions and any other institutions attended
    • Grade Point Average on Master's degree of at least 3.5
    • Four (4) satisfactory disposition assessments submitted to the INSL database


    • The candidate must pass the praxis exam, School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA)
    • Each candidate will be instructed to register for the SLLA at the appropriate time during their program of study by an INSL advisor.

    Instructional Leadership Catalog

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