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, two distinct emphases are available: Higher Education Administration and Principal Certificate. 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 The University of Texas at Arlington will lead to certification in their state.
We do not recommend students for probationary certificates.
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.
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.
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 UTA will lead to certification in their state. See Information for Out of State Students Who Complete the Accelerated Online Programs for additional information regarding certification.
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.
Criminal History Acknowledgement:
As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.
- In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
- If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
- You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.
For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: