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The Rosa DealSchool of Arts

Master of Science in Educational Leadership


If you are you are a teacher with three years of experience and wish to become a school administrator, our MS in educational leadership is right for you. This single-track program will prepare you to become a principal, assistant principal, supervisor, or facilitator. You also will be ready to take the Beginning Instructional Leadership License test for the state of Tennessee.

Program Requirements

The MSEL requires 31 hours of coursework and includes leadership practica, internship, and capstone project. You will study principles of school leadership, school management, supervision, and teacher development.

MSEL Courses

Required Courses

Introduction to Graduate Study EDUC 600 (taken in first semester)
Policy Perspectives for Educators LEAD 605
Exploring School Leadership LEAD 610
Strategies for Whole School Renewal LEAD 615
Supervision and Teacher Development LEAD 620
Managing the Modern School LEAD 625
Law for School Leaders LEAD 648
School, Family, and Community EDFD 607
Organizational Inquiry LEAD 630 Master Educational Research EDFD 640
Capstone EDFD 675 (Need to complete all courses before Capstone)

Practica and Internship

Leadership Practicum I LEAD 661
Leadership Practicum II LEAD 6620
Administrative Internship LEAD 674


Graduate education faculty are experts in their fields and have published numerous books and papers. They want you to succeed and will give you all the help and support you need.


Christian Brothers University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the State Department of Education of Tennessee as a Teacher Training Institution. CBU is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association and the Tennessee Association of Colleges.

Admission to the Program

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by:

  • Fall Entry - July 15 
  • Spring Entry - November 1

How to Apply 

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. MSEL online application
    (If you are not completing the online application, do not send application materials such as recommendation forms, essays, or transcripts without first having an application on file.  Also, do not submit a portfolio in a notebook or in protective sheets. Submission of plain sheets in a manila envelope is preferred.)

    Be prepared to upload the following information as you complete the online application:
    • Apprentice or Professional Tennessee Teaching License showing at least three years teaching experience
    • You will need to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (indicated on transcripts), or a Praxis Core test (Reading Math & Writing) passed within the last five (5) years, or a GRE test (minimum score 310) within last five (5) years.
    • Letters of recommendation: As part of the application, you will be asked to provide email addresses of individuals to contact regarding recommendations. Provide three, from two peers and one supervisor
    • Confidential Application Portfolio which contains:
      • Current resume
      • Copies of the last three years of evaluation documents. If this not available, provide documentation of administrative experiences through your school system’s Teacher/Administrator Verification Form
      • Completed Professional Development Plan based upon three areas of improvement
    • Evidence demonstrating an ability to improve student achievement and leadership in coaching others to raise student achievement
    • Evidence of in-depth knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment
    • Evidence to demonstrate an ability to develop collaborative, cooperative relationships with stakeholders
    • Personal statement of career goals and how the leadership program at CBU can assist you in reaching these goals
    • Your philosophy of instructional leadership
    • Autobiographical sketch
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • $35.00 application fee: pay online now
  2. You also must complete the Star Administrator Pre-Screener questionnaire. Create an account from the section of Get Started. The system will walk you through the rest of the registration and purchase process. Email the results to
  3. If you are not employed by a Tennessee public school district at this time, you must submit a background check. To obtain a copy of your background check within the last year or to have your fingerprints taken, contact IdentoGO services at Select NonDCS Child Care/Adoption Providers as the Agency and Child-Related Worker (Private) as the Applicant Type. Provide CBU’s ORI# TNCC79123. Once you are fingerprinted, the information will be sent to TAPS and CBU should receive a full report in about one week.


After a successful review of your application, you will be invited for an interview with the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

International Student Information

For International Student Services (ISS):
Barry Hall 37,, (901) 321-3758

For Immigration Matters:
Primary Designated School Official (PDSO)
Karen Conway, Dean of Students — Rozier Center,, (901) 321-3536

The following are the minimum English proficiency scores required for consideration for admission to CBU:

  • TOEFL (paper based) - 520
  • TOEFL (computer based) - 185
  • TOEFL (internet based) - 68
  • IELTS - 5.5
  • CAE - Grade C
  • CPE - Grade C 

All international students must:

The International Student Information sheet (PDF) will provide helpful information.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the program director, Dr. Ric Potts, at