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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Admission Requirements

Leadership Minor and Certificate

The Leadership Minor and Certificate program is a joint initiative between the Department of Educational Leadership and The Leadership Center in the Division of Student Affairs. The chair and director of these two areas share program management and oversight. The minor is open to all degree-seeking students enrolled at UT Arlington, while the certificate is available to degree and non-degree-seeking students. Interested students should initiate a request for the preparation of their program by sending an email to the following contacts:

  • Dr. Casey Brown, Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies College of Education and Health Professions, 104A Trimble Hall 817-272-0149 cgbrown@uta.edu
  • Loretta Pequeno-Griffin, Associate Director of The Leadership Center 817-272-9220 lgriffin@uta.edu

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Admission to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is competitive and some qualified students may not be admitted if demand exceeds the program’s capacity to serve all applicants.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants are typically offered unconditional admission if they meet two out of three of the following criteria:

1) An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 hours of coursework, as calculated by the Graduate School or a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale on 12 or more hours as calculated by the Graduate School may be used in lieu of the undergraduate GPA.

2) GRE Scores:  Scores on 2 of 3 of the three subtests on either the revised GRE (taken after August 1, 2011*) or the previous version of the GRE (taken prior to August 1, 2011**) that equal or exceed the scores listed below.

*New Scale  (GRE scores if the examination was taken after August 1, 2011):

  • A verbal minimum of 153 or higher
  • A quantitative score of 144 or higher
  • An analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher

*With no score below 146 on the Verbal subtest or below 140 on the Quantitative subtest.

**Old Scale  (GRE scores if the examination was taken prior to August 1, 2011):

  • A verbal score of 500 or higher
  • A quantitative score of 500 or higher
  • An analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher

**With no score below 400 on the Verbal or Quantitative subtest

3) Completed recommendation forms (Download the Letter of Reference form (.docx) (/documents/RecommendationAndInstructions.docx)) from three persons who can assess the applicant's aptitude, academic skills and abilities needed for success in the Educational Leadership and Policies Studies master's program.

Probationary Admission

Applicants are typically offered probationary admission if they meet 2 out of 3 of the following criteria:

1) An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 hours of coursework, as calculated by the Graduate School or a graduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale on 12 or more hours as calculated by the Graduate School may be used in lieu of the undergraduate GPA.

2) GRE Scores: Scores on 2 of 3 of the three subtests on either the revised GRE (taken after August 1,2011) or the previous version of the GRE (taken prior to August 1,2011) that equal or exceed the scores listed below.

New Scale (GRE scores if the examination was taken after August 1, 2011):

  •  A verbal score of 146 or higher
  • A quantitative score of 140 or higher
  • An analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher

Old Scale (GRE scores if the examination was taken prior to August 1, 2011):

  • A verbal score of 400 or higher
  • A quantitative score of 400 or higher
  • An analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher

3) Completed recommendation forms (Download the Letter of Reference form (.docx) (/documents/RecommendationAndInstructions.docx)) from three persons who can assess the applicant's aptitude, academic skills and abilities needed for the success in the Educational Leadership and Policies Studies master's program.

Terms of Probation Upon Acceptance:  All students admitted under probation status will be required to earn a 3.5 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline, but whom otherwise appears to meet admissions requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

An applicant’s admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admissin if the conditions for unconditional probationary admission have not been met.  In addition, if a student has been suspended from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons, that student may not be admitted or readmitted to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

Student Requirements

After being admitted and after completing any probationary period, students must meet the following:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to continue in this graduate program
  • Complete all pre-graduation requirements before registering in the Capstone course

Additionally, since certification requirements vary among states, students should ensure they are in compliance with these requirements to ensure eligibility for school administrator licensure in their state.

SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATE

Admissions Requirements - Superintendent Program

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers coursework and practicums leading to a Superintendent Certificate.  Upon completion of superintendency coursework, Texas administrators seeking a Texas Superintendent Certificate must make a passing score on the Superintendent Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) and provide evidence of Principal or equivalent certification before they will be recommended to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for issuance of the certificate.

Required EDAD courses for the Superintendent Certificate: 6179, 6279, 6371, 6373, 6374, and 6378.  Currently, courses are offered in an online-only format through Academic Partnerships.  Out of state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification.  Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of the Superintendent Certification program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

Admissions requirements for superintendent certificate program:

  • Certified Administrator in state of residence (if applicable)
  • Currently serving in an administrative position or 2 years of administrative experience at building or district level.
  • Master's GPA of 3.75 or 3 recommendation forms submitted (3.0 or higher GPA required)

Ph.D. in K-16 Educational Leadership

Admission to the K-16 Educational Leadership Ph.D. program requires admission to both the Graduate School and the Department.

Graduate School Admissions Requirements can be found here and include the following:

  • Master's degree in education or other field appropriate for the doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
  • Grade point minimum average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 from the master's degree.
  • Successful applicants for unconditional admission are expected to present a minimum of two of the following three Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: (1) verbal minimum score of 500, (2) quantitative minimum score of 500, (3) written analytical minimum score of 4.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirement for a standardized test will be considered for probationary admission status when other factors are taken into account in a holistic review.
  • A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • At least three years of documented experience in a work environment in which the primary professional responsibility at any level has been education (e.g., teaching, administration, curriculum development, professional development, post secondary education, government or private industry settings).
  • Admission is very competitive. Meeting admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Applicants who have been suspended from The University of Texas at Arlington or any other university or program for reasons other than academic reasons may not be admitted or readmitted to an educator preparation program in the College of Education.

Find the department admissions requirements here. They include:

  • A brief letter of application (one page maximum)
  • A detailed resume or curriculum vita (four pages maximum)
  • A brief explanation of your motivation for pursuing this particular doctoral degree and a discussion of how your previous experience and your future aspirations fit the goals of the program (600 words maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendations. Forms can be found here.

Applications

All applications are completed online through the Office of Graduate Studies. The application is found here.