The MSEd program is up to date with current trends in learning, so educators have the best tools for their students. Graduates are well equipped for administrative roles. They are positioned for increased marketability and for recognition of expertise by peers and employers.
Instructional Leadership: This is an online program with one on-campus, two-week intensive. This emphasis prepares leaders for roles as school principals and superintendents. Courses meeting the requirements for the NAD Principal Endorsement are also offered online.
Literacy Education: This program is offered in four-week summer intensive sessions on campus in June and July, with additional assignments due after the session. Part-time enrollment is also an option.
|Fall||July 1||May 1 (Instructional Leadership emphasis only)|
|Winter||October 1||September 1 (Instructional Leadership emphasis only)|
|Summer||April 1||Not applicable|
Dormitory housing is available at a rate of $18 per night. Payment must be made upon arrival, and any arrangements for reimbursement must be made directly with your Conference Education Office. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Mrs. Lisa Patterson at 423.236.2990. Married student housing also available upon request.
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.
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International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.
Note for international applicants
Select an emphasis:
The Instructional Leadership emphasis equips teachers with a wide repertoire of research-based
teaching strategies and with the knowledge and skills to design and deliver instruction
to meet the needs of diverse student populations.
Courses are scheduled on a two-year rotation and are offered online unless otherwise noted.
The Literacy Education emphasis is designed to empower classroom teachers to keep learners at the heart
of all literacy instruction, while responding to the demands of research-based pedagogical
practice mandated by federal initiatives such as Common Core Standards. Because most
courses contain a significant application component, teachers are given ample opportunities
to translate theory into practice.
Courses are scheduled on a two-year rotation and are offered in four-week summer intensive sessions on campus in June and July, with additional assignments due after the session.
|INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP: ADMINISTRATION Courses||Credits|
|EDAD 520||Foundations of Instructional Leadership||3|
|EDIL 547||Curriculum Development||3|
|EDIL 562||Instructional Design||3|
|EDUC 591||Methods of Educational Research||3|
|EDIL 594||Clinical Practice||3|
|EDAD 594||Clinical Practice||3|
Select 15 hours from EDAD courses
|Instructional Leadership: Administration Emphasis Total 33|
|LITERACY EDUCATION Courses||Credits|
|EDLE 527||Implementing Reading Workshop||3|
|EDLE 537||Implementing Writing Workshop||3|
|EDLE 565||Critical Thinking in Content Literacy||3|
|EDLE 567||Literacy Instruction in Primary Classrooms||3|
|EDLE 573||The Art of Teaching Writing||3|
|EDLE 586||Professional Applications in Literacy||3|
|EDLE 594||Clinical Practice||3|
|EDUC 577||Reading Assessment and Remediation||3|
|EDUC 593||Educational Action Research||3|
|Elective: Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership, Literacy Education, Outdoor Education, or EDUC 531—Technology and the Educator||3|
|Literacy Education Total 33|
Hello from Southern! I am looking forward to working with you as you achieve your academic and professional goals. Whether you are a recent graduate or nontraditional student, I want you to feel welcome, so please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions you may have. I am here to help!