"I try to create a bridge between research and practice that helps take us both to
the next level of education." - Dr. Lynn Clark, Assistant Professor Education & Dream Coordinator, School of Education,
College of Arts, Education, & Sciences.
Master of Education in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)
This degree program requires 36 semester hours to prepare school leaders to effect
positive school change, improve student performance, and meet challenges posed by
accountability requirements and a changing society.
Strengths of Program
- Teacher Leader endorsement - Completion of the first 6 hours of the Program qualifies
candidates for Louisiana endorsement as a Teacher Leader.
- Extended Internship - Candidates will complete an Internship that begins before their
respective school starts, with a conclusion after their school year is complete (6
hours credit.) Past students and research indicate that this part of the program is
most valuable, as candidates are exposed to the realities of school administration.
Most of these Internships can be done in the present school settings; however the
faculty will also provide exposure to all school settings in an effort to enhance
the value of each experience.
- Mentoring - Candidates are assigned a mentor after completion of the Teacher Leader
courses. This mentor will assist and guide the candidate during the coursework and
Internship and provide an opportunity to expand and deepen personal and professional
- Site-Based - The program is built around numerous site-based experiences that place
significant emphasis on a practical, "hands-on" approach focusing on the problems
of leadership practice.
- Multiple Certifications:
- Teacher Leader Endorsement
- Elementary School Principal
- Secondary School Principal
- Supervisor of Instruction
- Director/Supervisor of Special Education
- Child Welfare and Attendance Officer
- Superintendent (additional exam required)
- Post-Masters Alternative Certification (Alternative Path-Level I) - Those individuals
currently holding a Master Degree may take prescribed coursework to become certified
in Educational Leadership. Transcripts and Resume will be evaluated to determine an
individualized course of study for each candidate. Coursework must be completed with
a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, passing score on the Interstate School
Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) - School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA),
and complete a portfolio.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA required for admission
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and appropriate formula score
- Valid Louisiana Teaching Certificate (or equivalent)
- Students must having a passing (Louisiana=168 or better) score on the School Leaders
Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in order to complete Internship requirements and receive
- Students must be able to effectively utilize:
- word processing
- Task Stream
- And MS Excel spreadsheet programs in order to proceed beyond The Teacher Leader
For more information about this program please see the ULM Graduate Catalog.