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Our HSI certificate provides a path for PreK-20 educational leaders, as well as community college and other college and university professionals who want to specialize in learning to serve LatinX populations and discover what it means to lead a Hispanic Serving Institution.

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Coming from a Hispanic background, I am very interested in better understanding the education system so I can be involved to make changes from the inside the system. My aim is to help others like me to achieve their educational goals and learn to serve them more efficiently.

Priority Application Dates

Applying after the priority date? Admissions applications are welcome at any time. However, for priority consideration, apply by the priority date.


Submit by July 21

Classes start end of August


Submit by Nov. 1

Classes start in January

View the UTA Official Catalog for admissions requirements and details about probationary admission, deferred admission, and more for the following programs. 


  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction graduate programs:
    • M.Ed. or Certificate in Instructional and Learning Design Technology
    • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Open Options 
    • M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education 
    • M.Ed. in Teaching with Teacher Certification 
    • Initial Teacher Certification Only Program 
    • Criminal History Acknowledgement for Educator Certification programs

  • Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate programs: 
    • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis 
    • Dual Degree: Master of Social Work and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis 
    • B.A. to Ph.D. Track in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    • Hispanic Serving Leadership Preparation Graduate Certificate 

Applicants seeking admission must submit two recommendation forms. Please wait until you have your 10-digit, UTA student ID number to submit recommendation forms.


For online programs:

The required Recommendation Form is available for download here

For on-campus and hybrid (featuring online and in-person courses):

The required* Recommendation Form is available for download here.

The Hispanic Serving Leadership Preparation Graduate Certification does not require a recommendation form at this time. 


Some applicants, such as international students, may have additional admissions requirements* and/or program** limitations.

English Language Test Score Requirements

UTA accepts TOEFL* or IELTS or Duolingo. If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies. You are required to submit official test score reports directly from the testing agency unless you hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S institution.

You are required to submit an official test score report sent directly from the testing agency. UTA's ETS institutional code is 6013.

*Certification programs only accept TOEFL due to Texas Education Agency requirements. 

View test score requirements online

Additional Resources

Have additional questions?

Email UTA's international office at international@uta.edu.


*The resources provided here are for informational purposes. Please review the Official Catalog for official information. 

**The M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education is not eligible for international students at this time.

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Course of Study & Admissions Requirements


Admissions Requirements for HSI Certificate


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae documenting K-16educational career experience
  • 500-word interest letter that addresses goals for pursuing the Hispanic Serving Leadership certificate


Send the Resume/Curriculum Vitae and 500-Word Interest Letter to elps@uta.edu by the priority deadline. 


SPECIAL NOTE: Individuals who complete the HSI Certificate with a 3.0 or higher may be eligible to transfer their HSI course credits into the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration emphasis. 


This degree program does not provide Texas Education Agency-approved certification options for current/future educators. 

Program Coordinators

Dr. Elsa Camargo

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Diversity and inclusion, organizational culture, and faculty

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Email: elsa.camargo@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0988

Office: Trimble Hall 103 J

Dr. Maria Yareli Delgado

Adjunct Faculty Member

Research Interests: Hispanic Serving Institutions, Community Colleges, and Latinx First-Gen Experience.

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