• Fulltime professors partner with practicing administrators in the field
  • Cohort groups form where there is sufficient interest
  • Dr. Marvin Peyton travels the state helping students pursue their goals
  • Preparing teachers has been part of MTSU’s mission for more than 100 years

Administration and Supervision, Instructional Leader, Ed.S., Administration and Supervision, K-12 Public School, M.Ed.

At MTSU, we take pride in bringing programs to you! If you are interested in pursuing a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with a major in Administration and Supervision and a specialization in instructional leader licensure or a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a major in Administration and Supervision and a specialization in k-12 Public School, you may have the opportunity to study in your community. Fulltime tenured MTSU professors partner with practicing administrators within various mid-state school districts to teach courses. Through enrollment in our programs, students engage in a practical field experience (practicum) while completing a Specialist in Education degree or a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision. The Womack Educational Leadership Department’s off-campus cohort programs meet students’ needs and help them accomplish their professional goals. A cohort can be formed through an interested student who contacts other individuals in his or her area. Click on the DEGREE tab for more details.

Off-campus cohort programs changed professional life

Off-campus cohort programs changed professional life

Robert Vandiver’s success in MTSU’s off-campus cohort programs motivates him to recruit teachers in his area for these convenient learning opportunities. In 1999, he was working with the Wayne County School System at Collinwood Middle School in Collinwood but had not yet secured his teaching license. He joined an off-campus weekend cohort graduate program in Clifton, and with the help of Womack Educational Leadership faculty, he completed Tennessee teacher licensure requirements and in 2000 received a master’s degree. In August 2012, he joined an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) cohort held in Clifton and earned that degree in 2014. Also completing administrator license requirements, Vandiver has since held several principal positions and is currently principal at Collinwood Middle School. His enthusiasm for the cohort programs prompts him to make his schools available to host classes. In 2015, his wife, Jennifer, completed her Ed.S. through a cohort group in Waynesboro. “MTSU has played a vital role in my professional life, and I am very grateful to the Womack Educational Leadership Department and its faculty for contributing to my professional and personal growth as an educator,” Vandiver says.

Students can help form their own cohorts

Students can help form their own cohorts

While working as a teacher in Spencer, Jared Copeland joined an MTSU off-campus cohort graduate master’s degree program in Livingston in fall 2013 and completed his degree in spring 2015. With that success under his belt, he decided to pursue an Ed.S. in administration. He was so pleased with his earlier cohort experience that in fall 2015, he recruited his own Ed.S. licensure cohort at Van Buren County High School where he is an assistant principal. He worked diligently to recruit professionals from surrounding areas in Eastern Tennessee such as Crossville, McMinnville, and Spencer. Copeland’s story shows how this program meets the needs of students by making it possible for them to take courses close to where they live and work. Faculty and administrators are open to and encourage innovation in order to create a learning environment that benefits students acquiring their Ed.S. and the school systems served. 

Graduates from the Administration and Supervision program with instructional leader licensure (Ed.S.)  or K-12 Public School (M.Ed.) may be employed in a variety of positions. Examples include, but are not limited to,

  • Assistant principals
  • Central office personnel
  • Instructional leaders or supervisors
  • Principals
  • Superintendents

MTSU graduates are employed through various school districts throughout Tennessee including

  • Cannon County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Franklin Special School District Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Tullahoma Schools
  • Van Buren County Schools
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers both the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) with a major in Administration and Supervision. Administration and Supervision programs leading to an M.Ed. include specializations in Public School K-12 and Higher Education;  those leading to an  Ed.S. include specializations in Instructional Leader Licensure and Higher Education.

The Instructional Leader Licensure and Public School K-12 programs are delivered through off-campus cohorts meeting at various locations. The following gives a general outline of how cohorts are formed:

  1. A student has an interest in forming a cohort.
  2. Student checks with others in his or her area of work.
  3. Student sends an inquiry to Dr. Marvin Peyton with names of interested students. Dr. Peyton can be reached by phone (615-585-8310) or email (Marvin.Peyton@mtsu.edu).
  4. When enough students are interested (typically between 8 and 12), Dr. Peyton will call an “interest” meeting to discuss all aspects of the upcoming cohort.
  5. Once students have decided to pursue forming the cohort, Dr. Peyton will hold an enrollment meeting for cohort candidates.
  6. Then students are set to begin work on their graduate degrees!

Students will complete requirements including a foundations core, a specialized core, and elective hours in order to develop a specialized professional knowledge base and skills in the student’s chosen area.

Also under the Administration and Supervision major is a concentration in Agricultural Education Leadership leading to the M.Ed.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above. 

Other graduate degrees

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers a major in Curriculum and Instruction leading to the Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process.

Also available are both on and off-campus cohorts.

A Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction is offered; also available is a concentration in English as a Second Language.

The major in Library Science leads to a Master in Library Science (M.L.S.).

A major in Professional Counseling includes programs leading to an M.Ed., with concentrations also available in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

Ed.S M.Ed

Administration and Supervision, Instructional Leader Licensure Program Specialization, Ed.S.

Marvin Peyton, Program Director
(615) 898-5710

The Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision offers specializations in higher education and instructional leader licensure program (K-12 administrator license).

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision with a specialization in instructional leader licensure (K-12 administrator license) program 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 master’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  3. teacher licensure—the licensure requirements will be waived for the specialization in higher education as well as under other special circumstances.

NOTE: Students pursuing an Ed.S. degree must be fully admitted to the program 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 www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's potential for completing the Educational Specialist 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 a minimum of 30 semester hours with a minimum of 15 semester hours at the 7000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination or oral presentation of research project during the semester of graduation (exam may be retaken once);
  3. pass the Praxis School Leader Licensure Assessment.

Curriculum: Administration and Supervision, Instructional Leader Licensure

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

Required Courses (33 hours)


  • 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.

  • FOED 7060 - Seminar in Educational Foundations

    3 credit hours

    Opportunities to think reflectively and critically on the historical, philosophical, and psychological foundations of education and attendant implications.

  • FOED 7610 - Directed Individual Educational Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SPSE 7010. It is recommended that this class be taken the semester following enrollment in SPSE 7010. Culmination of research sequence (FOED 6610 and SPSE 7010) which requires studying a professional educational problem through completing and presenting a research project.

  • 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 7010 - Educational Research Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Designing research studies, including development of understandings, as well as skills and techniques needed in gathering, structuring, interpreting and presenting data required for educational research. SPSE 7010 is a prerequisite for enrollment in FOED 7610, which is recommended to be taken the following semester.

  • SPSE 7040 - Seminar in Supervision

    3 credit hours

    Identification and investigation of the problems of supervision and research; experimentation in the use of supervisory techniques.


The program is offered only in the off-campus cohort format. For further information, contact Dr. Marvin Peyton in the Womack Educational Leadership Department.

Program Notes

Students taking courses for licensure renewal, add-on endorsements, or "plus 30" upgrade on teacher licensure should register as non-degree 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 in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry 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 term in which candidate intends to graduate.