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.

M.Ed. Program of Study
Application for Comprehensive Exam*

*Important dates for Fall 2018 Comps
Deadline to apply for comps September 28, 2018
Deadline to submit a request for an alternative site September 28, 2018
Fall 2018 Comps Testing Date October 15, 2018

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.


Dr. Paula Tharp
P: 662-846-4412

Beverly Johnston
Director of Delta School Leadership Pipeline Project (Co-hort program)
P: 662-846-4374

Kathleen Lott
Program Advisor
P: 662-846-4368

Dr. Merideth Van Namen
Chair of Teacher Education, Leadership, & Research
P: 662-846-4370
F: 662-846-4309