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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 Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In addition to core courses in K-16 educational leadership and policy, three distinct emphases are available: Higher Education Administration, Principal Certificate, and Principal Certificate with Dual Language. In face-to-face, hybrid, or unique online delivery methods, students in these programs build upon their existing expertise with progressive skills that can increase student achievement, improve teacher performance, and increase organizational effectiveness of schools and higher education institutions. 

Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of a certification preparation program at UT Arlington will lead to certification in their state.

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 Higher Education Emphasis

This degree option is designed for individuals who would like to pursue a career in higher education or who work at colleges and universities, and wish to enhance their knowledge of the higher education system. It does not carry any certification for primary and secondary educational settings.

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. Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of a certification preparation program at UT Arlington will lead to certification in their state.

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 has increased. The ability to speak Spanish not required. Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of a certification preparation program at UT Arlington will lead to certification in their state.

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.