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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Master in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was collaboratively developed by UT Arlington and area school districts to instill the skills and background needed to become a campus principal or an assistant principal. This non-thesis principal certification program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education. In our face-to-face and unique online delivery method, you can discover how you can build upon your existing expertise with progressive skills that can improve teacher retention and increase student achievement. Learn more about your leadership style and lead with greater confidence in your classroom and learning community.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Options

All Master programs are composed of a K-16 core set of courses and a set of specialized courses in each emphasis area. Contact the program advisers for more questions about coursework.

M.Ed. with Principal Certificate

This is for students who wish to work in administration in a K-12 environment. Students who do not already hold a master’s degree must pursue the M.Ed. as opposed to the certification-only program.

M.Ed. with Principal Certificate, Dual-Language Emphasis

This is a specialized Principal Certificate program. As many schools transition to Spanish immersion and dual-language programs, the need for administrators knowledgeable about the special needs of these programs increases. Ability to speak Spanish not required.

M.Ed. with Higher Education Emphasis

This degree option is designed for individuals who work in higher education and wish to enhance their administrative skills and abilities at the college and university level. It does not carry any certification for primary and secondary educational settings.

All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Per §227.10, the minimum overall grade point average is 2.5 or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement should consult with the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate advisor to determine their eligibility.