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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. We create a dynamic student experience by providing innovative course content and delivery, research engagement with our faculty, and connection to K-16 policy and practice.

Our graduate degree programs include Ph.D. and Master’s degrees and principal and superintendent certifications. Graduate students become experts in K-16 issues of policy and practice. Students also can specialize in K-12 or higher education. Our Leadership Minor for undergraduate students is offered in partnership with the UTA Leadership Center. Our modalities include face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats.

For more information please contact:

  • Dr. Barbara Tobolowsky ( for Ph.D. programs 
  • Dr. Maria Trache ( for Master’s programs, including  Principal Certification
  • Dr. Diane Patrick ( for Superintendent Certification
  • Loretta Pequeno-Griffin ( for undergraduate Leadership Minor/Certificate

If you are an alumnus, please let us know of your accomplishments and partner with us in serving students and our community. Prospective students, please explore our website and contact a program coordinator with any questions you may have. Current students, thank you for working with us as we collaboratively strengthen K-16 education in Texas and the nation!


Mario Martinez
Professor and Department Chair
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies