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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 are proud to offer master’s degrees in educational leadership and policy studies with options in the principalship, dual-language administration, higher education administration, and K-12 teacher leadership. We also offer post-master’s school administration certificate programs in the K-12 principalship and the school district superintendency. Our K-16 doctoral program blends K-12 and higher education educational leadership issues, theory, and solutions in unique offerings for aspiring leaders and university faculty in the Metroplex. Detailed information related to each of these programs is contained in this website.

I am pleased that you are interested in our programs. If I may be of assistance in any way, do not hesitate to contact me at

If you are interested in K-12 school administration and wish to take courses in the Metroplex, we offer programs on our UT Arlington campus and at the University’s conveniently accessible Fort Worth Center. If attending face-to-face classes is not possible, you may wish to become part of our online program in K-12 school administration. This program is offered in conjunction with Academic Partnerships and can be completed in 18 months through five-week intensive courses. Please contact Ernest Johnson at to find out more about our K-12 M.Ed. offerings. If higher education administration is your area of interest, contact Maria Trache at I currently serve as the coordinator of our K-16 Ph.D. program and will gladly respond to all inquiries about it. 

Adrienne E. Hyle, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships and International Programs

About the Department Chair

Adrienne E. Hyle is a professor and serves as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and associate dean for Academic Partnerships and International Programs. She has more than 25 years of experience as a faculty member, researching and writing in the areas of leadership, organizational change, K-12 and higher education faculty, gender issues, and international studies. Dr. Hyle has more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in addition to co-authored books exploring the socialization of women faculty (From Girls in Their Elements to Women in Science: Rethinking Socialization Through Memory-Work), international uses of the research method memory-work (Dissecting the Mundane: International Perspectives on Memory-Work), and women leaders in higher education (Women at the Top: What Women University and College Presidents Say About Effective Leadership). Currently, Hyle’s work focuses on the influences of ties and their impact on the development of expertise in faculty and administrators as well as the developmental levels of gender awareness in the discipline of leadership. Additional interest in educational globalization has grown from her work with international doctoral cohort programs, two in Thailand and one each in the United Kingdom and Belize. She has advised and graduated more than 85 doctoral students.