Presidential Degree Guidelines

The third stage of the TSA Advanced Degree program is the Presidential Degree. This is the highest degree issued on the state level. This degree is only available to Level II TSA members who have earned the TSA Senatorial Degree.  A member will receive this degree by meeting the following requirements:

  • Be a TSA member of good standing.

  • Presently holding or have held a local TSA chapter office.

  • Must have attended and competed in a competitive event at a past TSA National Conference.

  • Must maintain a "B" average or better in all STEM classes.

  • Must have given at least two public presentations about TSA or STEM before the State TSA Conference.

  • Must have served on at least one local TSA chapter activity committee different from that served on for the Senatorial Degree.

  • Participate in a competitive event at the upcoming State TSA Conference.

  • Score 90 percent or above on the Presidential Degree written exam.

The information that members will be tested over will include:

  • The motto

  • The colors and their meaning

  • The officer symbols

  • The duties of the officers

  • The goals and purposes of the organization

  • The names, schools, and offices of the state officers, representatives, and alternates

  • The key personnel of TSA (e.g., National Director, State Director, etc.)

  • The TSA official dress

  • National TSA information

  • Advanced Leadership Degrees

  • TSA Creed

  • Parliamentary procedures

 

The Presidential Degree exam shall be administered by the chapter advisor and the application submitted by April 1st. Members who meet all of the above requirements shall be recognized during the TSA State Leadership Conference. Members receiving the TSA Presidential Degree will be awarded the appropriate lapel pin.


In the event a TSA member is unable to be a candidate for the Presidential Degree Program because he or she will be graduating from high school, special approval must be obtained through the state Advisor's office in order to be a candidate for and complete both the Senatorial and Presidential Degrees during his or her senior year.