Online Degree: Educational Administration (EdS)

Education: Educational Administration

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

Are you ready to take the next step in your K-12 education career? Advance as an educational leader by enrolling in the online EDS program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Earn your online post-master's degree in Education Administration to gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to lead in the K-12 environment. Our fully online Education Specialist (EDS) program is flexible for working professionals while still providing a thorough principal preparation pathway. UT offers this 36-hour Specialist in Education (EdS) degree with a concentration in Educational Administration with both licensure and non-licensure alternatives.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775

Testing Requirements


Field Experience


*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Become a Leader in Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers a 36-hour Specialist in Education (EdS) degree with a concentration in Educational Administration with licensure and non-licensure alternatives. This degree is designed for individuals who already possess a master’s degree in education or a related field. Courses are asynchronous to afford you the flexibility needed to complete your studies.

UT’s principal preparation pathways view leaders as stewards and servants; teachers as facilitators of growth and development; administrators as bold examiners of the effectiveness of their organizations, continuously challenging the ideas and assumptions practice and policy are formed upon. As the demands for excellence as well as challenges and opportunities in K-12 leadership continue to ramp up, a well-rounded principal preparation program offering coursework and fieldwork experiences for aspiring leaders of Tennessee schools is our priority.

Our faculty are experienced educational leaders & scholars who dedicate their expertise to grooming aspiring leaders in the areas of educational law, school finance and budgeting, human resources and supervision, and the principalship…just to name a few.

Featured Courses

Want to see what knowledge and skills you will develop while earning the MS in Education with an Educational Administration Concentration? Here are a few of the courses you can take:

EDAM 513: The Administrative & Organizational Theory

Provides an introduction to theoretical, administrative, and organizational foundations of management and leadership of educational programs. Organizations are approached from the perspective of Bolman and Deal’s four frames; that is, structural, human resources, political and symbolic.

EDAM 544: School Finance & Business Management

Provides a significant grounding in education resource management theory and practice, so as to allow students to acquire a working knowledge of the context of school finance at the national, state and local levels, and understand the strategies and mechanics of school resource utilization that are most closely associated with increased student academic success.  

EDAM 554: Policy Issues in Educational Law

Educators must know the laws that govern the operation and conduct of their organizations as administrators face a highly litigious society. Will study the relevant legal principles that affect the operation, organization, and administration of American schools. Aspiring leaders will gain knowledge about legal issues that will help them in effectively perform their professional duties within the boundaries of constitutional, statutory, and case law.

EDAM 583: The Principalship

Will look at the principalship, specifically the primary roles, traits, and functions of highly effective building-level administrators. Will approach the principalship as a complex, multi-faceted profession that requires individuals to demonstrate a number of important leadership traits as well as fulfill a number of interrelated roles within schools. 

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Are You Ready to Lead the Way in K-12 Education?