Principal Corps

The University of Mississippi


Our 13-month program takes a parallel approach to transforming teachers into educational leaders.

Through graduate coursework, our recruits are exposed to the theories behind learning and leadership. Simultaneously, through two full-time internships under veteran principals from across Mississippi, they gain the knowledge that only comes from experience.

Upon successful completion of the program, Principal Corps graduates receive either a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree in educational leadership from UM.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)

Summer I

Fall I

Spring I

Summer II

EDLD 671 Leading Quality Instruction (6 hours) EDLD 674 Leadership for Supporting Quality Instruction (6 hours) EDRS 673 Data-Led Curriculum and Assessment (6 hours) EDLD 676 Leading Change in Educational Organizations (6 hours)
EDLD 641 Law and Ethics of Education (3 hours) EDLD 642 Managing Operations for Learning (3 hours)
EDLD 656 Administrative Internship (3 hours) EDLD 656 Administrative Internship (3 hours)
6 12 12 6

Internship Hour Requirements

Two full-time, administrative internships are completed under the mentorship of an Instructional Leader (IL) Mentor who serves as the designated school representative and the University Mentor (UM) who serves as the program liaison.

Comprehensive Examination and Courses Covered

EDLD 671, EDLD 674, EDLD 641, EDLD 642, EDRS 673, EDLD 676, EDLD 656

The comprehensive examination is completed at the end of the academic program.

The exam covers the knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired in the program study of educational leadership.

Application Deadline for Graduate Degree

Completion of a GS 8-Application for Graduate Degree Form is required.

The deadline is February 1 of each year. This form requires the signature of the program coordinator or department chair.

For Further Information:

Dr. Tom Burnham, Principal Corps Interim Director: