Mission Statement: The Master of Education degree with a major in Educational Leadership prepares students for school leadership roles. The program provides opportunities for students to learn and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions set forth in National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) standards.
Program Information: Students will work in informal cohorts to apply educational leadership knowledge and skills to current school issues, often in actual school settings. Students who complete the educational leadership program are eligible to apply for Texas Principal Certification upon satisfactory completion of the state mandated TExES examination and two years of teaching experience.
Students who already possess a master’s degree may enroll in a non-degree program leading to principal or superintendent certification. Students pursuing principal certification will be directed by a program advisor to enroll in required educational leadership courses not already taken in their master’s degree work. Research courses (6 hours) are not required; practicum is required.
Students who are not certified K-12 teachers may choose to study a Master of Education degree with a major in Educational Leadership without Principal Certification.
In order to be recommended to take the state principal certification exam, candidates must first pass the principal certification practice exam.