Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision

The case study performed by Stanford University named the Educational Leadership Program one of the top 8 programs in the USA.

“We came to realize that we did not want what we had — a traditional program that was predominately part-time” Emeritus Dean Dr. E.E. Caston


Delta State redesigned an educational leadership program in the 90’s for training school principals. In 1998, the first Educational Leadership Cohort at Delta State began with 15 candidates. To date, over 140 students have been trained to continue on to careers like superintendent, principal, and district level administrative personnel.


  • 144 candidates have completed the program, with 122 currently serving as administrators in Delta area schools.
  • All candidates in the cohorts groups have passed the SLLA (School Leaders Licensure Assessment)
  • 2 program graduates have been named Milken Award Winners, while numerous others have been named Principal/Administrator of the Year
  • Positions held by graduates: 3 Superintendents, 1 Assistant Superintendent, 52 Principals, 46 Assistant Principals, & 18 District Level Administrators


Cohort members complete a 13 month full-time program. the program consists of 39 credit hours towards a Master’s or Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership, with a variety of significant field experiences and practica integrated with classes held on campus.

The admissions committee holds high standards and is very selective. Delta State works closely with local school districts to recruit candidates; however, the process is open to all potential candidates.

Please contact the director for the following: (email or 662-846-4370)

  • Obtain admission to Delta State’s Graduate School
  • Complete a panel of interviews

If selected, members of the new cohort begin the program on June 1st of each year.

M.Ed. Program of Study
Graduate Catalog
Graduate and Continuing Studies Online Application
Application for Comprehensive Exam

The following have served as essential partners with the Educational Leadership program:

  • 27 Delta area school districts have supported program candidates
  • 128 candidates have been supported by the Mississippi School Administrator Sabbatical Program
  • 154 candidates have been supported by the Delta Education Initiative/Delta Health Alliance Tuition Scholarships for a total of over $1 million in scholarship support.


Beverly Johnston
Director of Delta School Leadership Pipeline Project

Dr. Merideth Van Namen
Chair of Teacher Education, Leadership, & Research